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April 29, 2010

BSC EcoScape to be featured in Glorious Gardens tour

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Hugh Kaul EcoScape at Birmingham-Southern College will be one of seven gardens featured in the Birmingham Botanical Gardens' biennial Glorious Gardens tour Mother's Day weekend.

Five residential and two public gardens comprise this year's tour, which will be held Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 9, from noon to 5 p.m.

According to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the Glorious Gardens tour offers the public a unique glimpse into gardens that offer tranquility, privacy, and clever use of limited space. Visitors will learn about plants, art, gardening, and various aspects of landscape design.

Established in 1996 on BSC's campus, the Hugh Kaul EcoScape is an outdoor classroom that utilizes local art work to illustrate organic gardening practices and provides a nuts and bolts overview for schools and communities interested in creating low cost nature centers or outdoor learning sites. It is one of nine local EcoScapes developed by the Southern Environmental Center at the college.

Visitors to the Kaul EcoScape can stroll through a Northern Wildflower Garden, touch and sample edible plants and flowers, and pass by huge Praying Mantis and Whooping Crane sculptures on the way to the EcoScape's Wetland and Tree Trails.

Information on Glorious Gardens tour tickets and all seven gardens on the tour can be found online at the Botanical Garden's Web site at

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