Annual Meeting

Wildflowers in bloom in the longleaf pine forest.

Mobile Botanical Gardens
Joint Annual Meeting of Members and Directors
Tuesday / September 16, 2014 / 5 PM


Welcome – Andrew Saunders, President

Present Slate of New Board Candidates  – John Goodloe, Nominating Committee Chair

Membership Vote, Election of New Board Members  – Janice Setzler, Secretary

Present Slate of Officers for 2014-2015  – John Goodloe

Board of Directors Vote, Election of Officers  – Janice Setzler

Thanks to Retiring Board Members  – Andrew Saunders


Financial Condition – John Shields, Treasurer

Management Strategy  – Andrew Saunders

Forward Plans – Andrew Saunders, President and Robin Krchak, Executive Director

  • Longleaf Forest
  • Butterfly Garden
  • New Entry Plaza
  • Aromi Garden Expansion
  • MarketPlace Renovations
  • MarketPlace Plans
  • Fall Plant Sale

Light refreshments to follow the meeting

Butterfly Gardens for the Gulf Coast

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Sunday, September 21st

1 – 4 PM

Come on out for a casual Sunday afternoon at the Gardens and enjoy the butterflies. We will have lots of butterfly attracting plants for sale, a butterfly artist, and lemonade & cookies to enjoy. Bill Finch will be on hand to teach a class – see below for details.


2-4 pm

Bill Finch, Instructor

$25 – Members, $35 – Nonmembers

Contact the MBG office at 251.342.0555 to Register for class or just click on the butterfly below:


September is the month of butterflies along the Gulf Coast, the season when it seems there are as many butterflies as there are wildflowers. But if you want more of these butterflies in your yard, you need to remember that the Gulf Coast’s special assortment of butterflies, ranging from zebra longwings to Gulf fritillaries, need a Gulf Coast diet, based on the nectar and caterpillar food sources these butterflies have known for hundreds of thousands of years.

Bill Finch and his special butterfly guests will take a close look at the kinds of plants that really attract Gulf Coast butterflies in the right seasons. We’ll tour the butterflies and wildflowers in the Botanical Gardens’ Longleaf Forest. And then we’ll design butterfly gardens for your yard guaranteed to attract our native butterflies.

Herb Day 2014

Herbs A-Z

Saturday, September 20, 2014
9 am-Noon
Sponsored by MBG and the Gulf Coast Herb Society

New for 2014! A Make and Take Herb Day where you’ll learn the basics of growing and using herbs from A-Z and take home your own herb sampler.

You’ll also be treated to an herb themed lunch, door prizes, silent auction, plus a mini market of hard to find herbs and other herb related items. Since it’s a make and take, seating is limited to 80, and PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED. $30/person.

Click here to download your registration form and send it with check to the Gulf Coast Herb Society today! Registration deadline is September 12.

For more information, email


  • The popular and informative GCHS cookbooks Tea Time in the Herb Garden and HERBS: A Reason to Season
  • A selection of hard to find herbs that do well on the Gulf Coast
  • Herb-related gift items
  • Silent auction of unique herbal and gardening items, many handmade by GCHS members

Cool Season Annuals

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You can grow hollyhocks, poppies and more on the Gulf Coast! We’ll show you how and help get you started. Tues. 1-3 pm. Members $25, non-members $35.


Plantasia! Fall Plant Sale 2014


Just six weeks until Plantasia!

October 17 – 19

Friday and Saturday, 9am – 4pm

Sunday, 11am – 4pm

Plants, PLANTS, PLANTS, ready for growing on the Gulf Coast! Winter vegetables, rare plants, camellias, azaleas, roses, herbs, trees, hydrangeas, natives, & more.

  • We’re holding the sale this year in the new & improved MarketPlace located at the end of our primary parking lot.
  • Plant selections will be grouped by Growers and the local Growers will be on the sales grounds, along with our Master Gardeners and knowledgeable members, to discuss your selections.
  • MBG volunteer propagators from our Greenhouses will present their product on the field. They will be reintroducing, describing and explaining ReBloom, and offering ReBloom plants.
  • The plant list will be posted on our website two weeks prior to the sale

Ms. Sybil has planned a great menu for the week – check it out and let us know if you can help!