The Birmingham show is one of the largest and longest running garden shows in the Southeast. This year I was there to work it.
The show is held at the BJCC Center located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. This year’s show featured over 150 vendors and 75 vendors in the Western Supermarket food pavilion. There was over 220,000 square feet of exhibit space offering a variety of vendors. They featured gardens, a women’s pavilion, and a cooking theater. The show covers two levels of floor space.
There were vendors covering everything from home and gardens to just shopping. On the professional side you could find tractors big enough to tackle even the Biltmore House to every kind of home improvement service out there. Near me there was a home theater company which kept showing the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which was quite a distraction for me! They had pool companies and people ready to install a sun room for you. They had the CVB from nearby Gulf Shores Al. (where I hope to go to next summer to visit relatives). They had a drawing for a new Ford pick up truck, which was quite popular. There were plenty of prize drawings. In fact I won a free weekend in Gulf Shores. Just my luck, the time limit was two months! They even had real estate agents ready to sell your home after you improved it.
For garden lover they had everything you need for your garden. The people across from me had bright and beautiful Adirondack chairs. I saw plenty of chic pieces of patio furniture and yard art. They had ponds, flowers, statues, trellises, gazebos, stones, etc. And for those who don’t do it yourself, they had plenty of people to make your garden into something to rival the gardens of Versailles. Pike Nurseries had a stunning display which made me come home and start work on my own garden for the fall. Shopping vendors ranged from pet accessories, jewelry, home decor, and clothing. One of the biggest draw was the Western Supermarket Food Pavilion. Over 75 vendors handed out free samples of everything from cakes and cookies, to ice cream, to beverages you needed to be carded to enjoy. They even had a huge play area for children.
From a vendors stand point this place was great. Every evening they had hot refreshments sat up in a very nice vendors lounge. We had chicken wings, meatballs, hot sandwiches, chips and dip, and well you get the idea. Everyday they offered a hot lunch for purchase. And $7 got you a lot. One afternoon I had a huge piece of chicken, corn, potatoes, peas, salad, a roll, cake, and tea! Then one day hot roast beef open faced sandwich with fries, salad, corn on the cob, dessert, and drink!
The show was held at the BJCC Center which is right next to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The complex does have rest rooms and elevators and escalator for the handicapped. They do have actual food vendors where you can purchase a full meal, and not just nibble food. There are also plenty of restaurants in the downtown area within walking distance of the complex. Your ticket does offer in and out privileges. The complex does have its own indoor parking, but parking is neither free nor are there in and out privileges. Complex parking was $7. There are several lots surrounding the complex and prices range from $7-$10 also with no in and out privileges.
This years ticket prices were $9 (a)
Free for children under 12
Thursday 11am- 8pm
Friday 11am to 9pm
Saturday 10am to 8pm
If your in town next year and want plenty of ideas to get your green thumb ready, make sure to take in this great show.
Very highly recommended