COMPILED BY ERIN KAPPELER
Antiques and Ideas
Antiques at the Garden
Birmingham Botanical GardensBirmingham, AL 205-414-3950 www.bbgardens.org
An intriguing sculpture or pot is just the fix for a bare spot in the autumn garden. Antiques at the Garden, one of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ main fundraising events, is just the place to find one. Antique dealers will set up shop and experts, including Olivia Allison, former curator of decorative arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art, and Beverly Church, author of Joys of Entertaining, will speak. Profits help fund the BBG’s educational programs, such as their Discovery Field Trips, which help students gain a better understanding of life sciences.
Symposium: Patronage and Landscape
The Cultural Landscape FoundationBloomfield Hills, MI 202-483-0553 www.tclf.org
Philanthropic donors are just as important to the public landscape today as they were centuries ago. The Cultural Landscape Foundation will explore the role patronage has played in the shaping of public and private landscapes in this two-day symposium. Using the Cranbrook National Historic Landmark property (above) as a starting point, the symposium will discuss patrons such as George W. Vanderbilt and the Ford family to inspire a new generation of patrons to sponsor public parks and promenades. The symposium promises to be a thought-provoking look at what we value in landscapes and what we deem worthy of preservation—questions that even the most casual gardener may find herself sometimes considering.