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Community Foundation fund supports annual lecture

March 10, 2010

The Virginia Beeland Spencer Lecture Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham once again brings a well-known speaker to our community to share expertise about gardening, flower-arranging, horticulture or conservation. This year, the presentation at 6:30 p.m. on March 11 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens features Gordon Hayward speaking about “Fine Painting as Inspiration for Garden Design.”

The series reflects Virginia Spencer’s own knowledge and passion for flowers, flower arranging and gardening. Now in its 11th year, the lecture is supported by a permanent endowment at the Community Foundation, so this great benefit will continue in our community forever.

Join the crowd tomorrow to hear from Hayward, a contributor to Horticulture Magazine for more than 25 years and the writer of award winning books on garden design. According to information from the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Hayward and his wife, Mary, live in a 220-year-old home in southern Vermont, where they have spent the last 20-plus years developing their own garden. His lecture, “Fine Painting as Inspiration for Garden Design,” is based on Hayward’s most recent book, “Art and the Gardener” (Gibbs Smith, 2008).

The lecture is free, but reservations should be made by contacting Shelly McCarty by e-mail or at 414-3965. And be glad that we can get another taste of spring from such an expert, thanks to the Spencer Lecture Fund.

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