This will be a big weekend for plant lovers, vegetable eaters, and hikers. The annual plant sale by the Birmingham Botanical Garden will be held Friday-Sunday, area farmers markets are opening this Saturday, and the Red Mountain Park will be hosting its last tour of the season on Sunday.
Each year the Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosts a plant sale that brings over 7,000 shoppers from all around Alabama. They offer over 85,000 plants, including vegetables, herbs, shrubs, trees, and flowers. The sale runs Friday, April 16 9am-7pm, Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 11-3. It will be held in the same location as last year, which is the old Bruno's in Colonial Brookwood Village. Be prepared to deal with serious shoppers and a very well organized staff of volunteers.
This Saturday, April 17, Pepper Place will begin its Spring Market from 7am-noon. The Spring Market will mostly offer seedlings for you to plant in your own garden and run each Saturday through May 7. The farmer's market in its full glory will begin May 15th. Find the Pepper Place Farmer's Market at 2nd Avenue and 29th Street South.
If you haven't already toured the future site of Red Mountain Park, this Sunday will be your last chance for a while. The tour begins at 2pm and lasts from 1.5-2.5 hours, depending on the trail you choose to hike. Red Mountain Park promises to be the largest green space in the country once it is completed, which will be a few years. Meet in the Frankfurt cul-de-sac off of Lakeshore Drive at 1:45 to sign a waiver and meet your tour guide. The trails vary in difficulty, so choose according to your fitness level.