Because plants have long been jealous of our ability to live indoors, they attempt to infiltrate our finest mansions and universities by slowly climbing stony facades. Witness lavish interior trinkets turn the tables by overtaking the Birmingham Botanical Gardens with today's deal: for $5, you get one general admission to the fifth annual Antiques at the Gardens event. The three-day fete commences on Friday, October 1, and runs through Sunday, October 3, with special lectures scheduled each day (attend lectures for an additional fee at the door).
Birmingham Botanical Gardens' renowned chlorophyll cache spans 67.5 lush, verdant acres and 20 thematic gardens, with the sweet floral fragrances wafting even further. Plant your nose in the thick of it for an entire weekend during the Antiques at the Gardens event. Each year, the festival draws dozens of premier dealers from across the country, showcasing fine furniture, antique silver, ornate jewelry, paintings, lighting fixtures, china pieces, gently used dentures, Oriental rugs, and more. Foresighted gift givers can use the stellar stock to get a head start on this year's holiday shopping, and the notoriously tardy can seize the opportunity to reverse their reputation of bashful belatedness.
Take a short break from browsing to recalibrate your sense of taste over a gourmet box lunch (served 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at The Gardens Café), or swap out your shopping spectacles for a pair of listening lenses and head to a special lecture. Though food and lecture costs are not covered by this Groupon, you'll grin gregariously knowing that all proceeds from this event go to support educational programs such as Discovery Field Trips, Horticultural Therapy, and family classes.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
More than 12,000 different plants line the meandering paths of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Spread across its 67.5 acres and more than 25 gardens are 30+ works of outdoor sculptures on display, making it one of the largest collections of public horticulture in the US. Between walks in the gardens, guests can relax in a Japanese garden with a traditional teahouse, and kids can opt into one of the educational programs to understand the science behind botany.
The botanical gardens also host events year round, such as antique shows, plant sales, and cocktail parties, so that the plants don't get bored and fall asleep. Additionally, the lecture series brings in big names and novelists to discuss their trade and put on shows for the garden's visitors.