Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, every day of the week. Fall/winter hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (November 7–March 12). Please note that the City of Birmingham requires face coverings inside City-owned buildings and venues, including the Garden Center and other indoor facilities at the Gardens, effective July 29, 2021. For more information and guidelines for visiting, please click here. We look forward to your visit!

Antiques at the Gardens Speakers

Red Diamond Lecture Series

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Sponsored by Red Diamond, Inc.


Friday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m.

Charlotte Moss


With 35 years in the business of design, Charlotte Moss (instagram charlottemossco) is known for her timeless aesthetic, layered interiors, Southern warmth, and keen eye. She has received numerous honors, including the New York School of Interior Design’s Centennial Medal and The Royal Oak Foundation’s Timeless Design award. She is named one of Elle Décor’s Grand Master List of Top Designers and is on the Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design, where she holds an honorary doctorate degree. In spring 2022 Charlotte will deliver the commencement address for Virginia Commonwealth University, her alma mater. Charlotte has used her experience culled from 35 years of decorating homes to design licensed collections with Century Furniture, Fabricut, Stark Carpet, Pickard, P.E. Guerin, Soicher Marin, IBU Clothing Artemis Design Company, and more. She lectures widely and is a prolific author, having published 11 books to date. Her latest, Charlotte Moss Flowers (Rizzoli, 2021) will be followed by Home: A Celebration: Notable Voices Reflect on the Meaning of Home (Rizzoli, 2021) to benefit No Kid Hungry. Of all her work, philanthropy plays an important role in her life. Charlotte is Emerita Trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, on the Boards of The Bone Marrow Foundation and The Madoo Conservancy, a member of the International Council of Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, and on the Board of American Corporate Partners, where she mentors veterans.

Red Diamond Lecture Series

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Sponsored by Red Diamond, Inc.


Friday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m.


Christopher Spitzmiller

Christopher Spitzmiller (instagram christopherspitzmiller) Christopher Spitzmiller’s lamps, tableware, and other ceramics are found in every chic A-list interior, including the White House. His iconic designs draw inspiration from classical forms and traditional gem-like glazes. He began his career in Georgetown in Washington, D.C., where he worked out of an old schoolhouse near Dumbarton Oaks. Shortly thereafter, his work received critical acclaim and his reputation as a noteworthy ceramicist began to emerge. In the summers, he worked from Mecox Gardens in Southampton as an artist in residence, and such designers as Albert Hadley, Richard Keith Langham, and Suzanne Rheinstein began to commission his work. Since 1996, Christopher has been concentrating his efforts on his unique lamp designs. In the fall of 1999 after outgrowing his Washington studio he moved to New York City, where he now creates his one-of-a-kind lamps with his crew of skilled artisans. The lamps are of timeless appeal and luxurious quality. Beautiful classic forms are drenched in bold, vibrant, rich glazes. Currently, Christopher is expanding his designs to table ware and other ceramic accessories. Christopher’s work is often featured in celebrated publications such as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Departures, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. His latest book, A Year at Clove Brook Farm, from Rizzoli, was released in March 2021.


Cocktails & Conversation | Friday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m.



An esteemed interior designer and tastemaker working on projects throughout the United States, Mark D. Sikes (instagram markdsikes) is known for all-American sensibilities and a fresh take on classical aesthetics. His talent for creating beautiful and timeless interiors that embody an indoor/outdoor lifestyle has been featured in Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, The Wall Street Journal, C Magazine, Milieu, and Domino, and he is a member of Elle Décor's A-List. Mark’s first book, Beautiful, was a New York Times best seller, and his highly anticipated newest book, More Beautiful, from Rizzoli, debuted in September 2020.


Tastemaker Panel presented by VERANDA magazine | Saturday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m.


Cathy Kincaid


Cathy Kincaid’s (instagram cathykincaidinteriors) enviable sense of color and intricate design detail has established her as one of the country’s top designers and an editorial favorite whose work is published internationally. For more than 30 years, Cathy has designed houses that are as individual as her clients. A recipient of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s John Staub Award, Cathy is highly respected for her commitment to restoring old houses and filling them with traditionally stylish antiques and furnishings. From a historic Beaux Arts estate in Dallas and a 1750s Ship Captain’s Cottage in Old Lyme, Connecticut, to a Mas de Baraquet in the south of France, Cathy’s interiors evoke a sense of comfortable elegance. She offers a diverse combination of old and new design elements, but her primary goal as a designer remains: to create inviting, livable spaces with her clients’ happiness the top priority. Cathy’s work has been featured in several books including Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color and D. Porthault Linens. In fall 2019, Rizzoli published The Well-Adorned Home by Cathy Kincaid.


Tastemaker Panel presented by VERANDA magazine | Saturday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m.


Corey Damen Jenkins


Nationally acclaimed designer Corey Damen Jenkins (instagram coreydamenjenkins) mixes vivid colors with layered patterns to create architecturally inspired spaces that are polished, inventive, and unexpected. Taking cues from the haute couture runway, his projects feature luxurious and refined materials. His bold interiors have graced the front covers of House Beautiful, Traditional Home, and more. He has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, and Vanity Fair. Corey is an inducted member of Architectural Digest's AD100. In 2020, he was named to Elle Décor's prestigious A-List. Corey's first coffee-table book, Design Remix: A New Spin On Traditional Rooms (Rizzoli), was released worldwide in March 2021. A son of Detroit, he is a tireless advocate for many charities, including the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He resides in New York City.


Tastemaker Panel presented by VERANDA magazine | Saturday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m.


Ken Pursley


A graduate of Auburn University’s school of architecture, Ken Pursley is a principal and partner at Charlotte, N.C.-based Pursley Dixon Architecture (instagram pursleydixon). Having cultivated his interest in residential design under the tutelage of his mentor and friend Bobby McAlpine, Ken went on to develop his unique aesthetic, which resonates with clients throughout the country. Pursley Dixon views both modernism and classicism as part of a broader architectural language, drawing from multiple traditions when crafting design solutions.The 14-person firm has received numerous accolades including Veranda/ADAC Architecture firm of the year and Southern Living home of the year while their work is regularly featured in publications including Veranda, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, and Milieu. Their first book, Finding Home, will be published by Rizzoli this fall.


Tastemaker Panel presented by VERANDA magazine | Saturday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m.


Matthew Carter


Matthew Carter (instagram matthewcarterinteriors) creates dynamic, timeless interiors for clients around the world. Established in 2002, Matthew’s eponymous firm is known for breathing new life into antiques and heirlooms, designing houses and spaces that respect history but feel fresh and relevant for today. Although based in Lexington, Kentucky, current and recent projects span the map from Napa Valley, Vail, Charleston, and New York to Palm Beach, Lynford Cay, and Harbour Island, Bahamas. Throughout his career, editors and photographers have celebrated Carter’s signature layered look and keen ability to relax even in the grandest of houses. In January 2021, he was named one of Veranda’s “Next Legends.” Matthew’s work has been published in House Beautiful, Veranda, Traditional Home, C Magazine, Southern Living, and The New York Times and in books such as Fortuny Interiors by Brian Coleman, Linens: For Every Room and Occasion by Jane Scott Hodges, Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms of Bluegrass Country by Peter Estersohn, and Beige Is Not a Color by Carlos Mata.


presented by FLOWER magazine | Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.


Fernando Wong 


Fernando Wong (instagram fernandowong_old) is an award-winning, internationally recognized landscape designer who has been called a “design genius with the soul of a poet” by Elle Décor, "one of the most important landscape designers in America” by Architectural Digest, and a “landscape legend” by Forbes. His new television show, Clipped, with Martha Stewart on the HGTV and Discovery Plus channels, debuted in May 2021. In April, he won the prestigious Palladio Award for his landscape design on a 3-acre, John Volk-designed estate that recently set a Palm Beach record for lakefront when it sold to Charles Schwab for $71 million. In addition to residential projects around the world, his projects include the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club in Miami, the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, the sculpture garden of the ICA Museum in Miami’s Design District, the Starwood Luxury Collection Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah, a National Park for the Bahamian Government, and a master plan for the Lyford Cay Club in Nassau.


Sunday with Suzanne | Sunday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m.


Suzanne Tucker 


Suzanne Tucker (instagram suzannetuckerhome) strongly believes that by surrounding ourselves with the authenticity of thoughtful design and timeless architecture, we enrich and enhance the quality of our lives. She is recognized as one of the country’s leading interior designers, known for her personal approach and enduring style, attention to detail, and passion for architecture and the decorative arts. Her award-winning projects are frequently published in magazines worldwide. Architectural Digest has honored her repeatedly on the AD100 list of top designers, and she is included in the Elle Décor A-list. Having worked under the legendary Michael Taylor and often referenced as his protégée, she and her husband/partner, Timothy F. Marks, founded Tucker & Marks in 1986, building it into the distinguished firm it is today. Suzanne Tucker Home was launched in 2010 with her textile, tabletop, and home furnishings line. Suzanne's first monograph, Rooms to Remember, The Classic Interiors of Suzanne Tucker (The Monacelli Press, 2009) was followed by the publication of Suzanne Tucker Interiors—The Romance of Design (The Monacelli Press, 2013). A third book is planned for publication in 2022.


Sponsored by LICOA | Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1:30 p.m.


James Farmer


James Farmer (instagram jamestfarmer) is a Southern author, interior designer, and speaker known for his ability to create beautifully familiar and welcoming homes. To James, a home engages all of the senses—the pleasantries of colors and materials, the feel of the doorknob warmed by the sun, the scent of fresh laundry, the sound of the closing door, and the taste of supper on the table. James is the author of The Wall Street Journal best-selling books A Time to Plant, Sip & Savor, Porch Living, Wreaths For All Seasons, A Time to Cook, Dinner on the Grounds, A Time to Celebrate, and A Place to Call Home. His most recent publication, Arriving Home, features design projects from the farmlands of Georgia to the rolling countryside of Connecticut. His work has also been published in various magazines including Southern Living, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Southern Home, Flower, and more. As a frequent event speaker and guest, he lights up the room with his natural grace and warmth. Whether designing homes or sharing his gardening expertise, he is truly a fresh voice for his generation. Born and raised in Georgia, James proudly has built his business in his hometown of Perry.



2021 Show Ambassador


Richard Keith Langham


Alabama born and Manhattan-based, Richard Keith Langham (instagram richard_keith_langham) has been a force in the decorating world for more than 30 years. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and studying at the Study Center for the History of Fine and Decorative Arts in London, he then apprenticed with design legend Mark Hampton. Keith spent 10 years with Irvine & Fleming before founding his own firm in 1990. His keen eye and ebullient talent serve well in assembling his signature rooms—those that speak to the past in a fresh way and are brimming with luscious color, pattern, and couture detailing. Perhaps no one summed up his aesthetic better than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis herself, who once proclaimed him to have “a sorcerer’s eye.” We could not be more honored to have Keith bring his talent and affection for Birmingham to our 15th-annual Antiques at the Gardens show!