Hydrangeas at the Alabama Nature Center. Contributed photo
Hydrangeas at the Alabama Nature Center. Contributed photo

ANC to host Hydrangea Fest June 1

Published 7:56pm Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook will be open to the general public on June 1, and a special Hydrangea Fest educational program will be on the agenda.
Visitors can discover more about the unique, natural history of these floral beauties. Attendees will learn how to grow, prune, root and dry the flowers for crafts during the hydrangea demonstrations and also have their hydrangea gardening questions answered by ­experts.
After hearing about the hydrangeas, guests can enjoy a guided walking tour of the hydrangeas beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Lanark Gardens will also have a plant sale that day with proceeds benefiting the gardens at the Alabama Wildlife Federation. A limited amount of dried hydrangeas and hydrangea wreaths will be for sale.
Schedule of events
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Plant sale with proceeds benefitting the gardens. Hydrangeas will be offered for sale along with other Lanark plants.
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – “Let’s talk about Hydrangeas” by Maria Pacheco-West, Lanark grounds specialist
10:30 a.m. – A guided tour to see the hydrangeas.
All visitors of the Alabama Nature Center must check in at the Pavilion Outpost located inside the Lanark Pavilion before hiking on the trails or attending programming.
General admission is $4 per person/per day for adults, $2 per person/per day for ages 4 to 12, and children under three are free. The ANC will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 1 only.
The Alabama Nature Center, a hands-on outdoor education facility located at Lanark in Millbrook, Alabama, is a joint project of the Alabama Wildlife Federation and benefactors Isabel and Wiley Hill. The Lanark property, state headquarters for the Alabama Wildlife Federation, contains 350 acres of forests, fields, streams, wetlands and ponds that are traversed by five miles of trails and boardwalks including a tree top viewing platform. The ANC hosts a variety of outdoor education programs including Lanark Field Days events for youth and school groups, Expedition Lanark Summer Day Camp for children ages 5 to 15, and monthly weekend events for the general public.­
For more information about the Alabama Nature Center and the Alabama Wildlife Federation, call 334-285-4550 or visit www.alabamawildlife.org.

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