5 reasons you need to get tickets now for Antiques at the Gardens, Sept. 29-Oct. 2

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Grant Trick at Antiques at the Gardens
Grant Trick is the mastermind behind Grant Trick Furnishings in Irondale. He and many other design whizzes from around the country will be at Antiques at the Gardens. (Jim Larsen)

If you’re an antiques fan, Antiques at the Gardens is where you need to be at the end of September. You’ll come away from this premier antiques show with all the architecture, design, floral, landscape and furniture inspo you could ever need. Tickets are limited—buy yours now, and keep reading for all the details.

Know before you go to Antiques at the Gardens

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Check out this antique copper pitcher + other such wares at Antiques at the Gardens. (Quez Shipman)
  • What: 16th annual premier antiques show featuring talks by nationally + internationally acclaimed interior designers, floral designers, architects, landscape architects and furniture designers, attracting visitors from across the Southeast.
  • Where: the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
  • When: Thursday, September 29-Sunday, October 2
  • Sponsored by: presenting sponsor First Horizon Bank + textile sponsor Sister Parish Design.
  • Hosted by: the nonprofit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
  • Why: Your support enables the Friends to play a critical role in supplementing the Gardens’ operational needs and ensuring the ongoing stewardship and enhancement of the Gardens. Proceeds also allow the Friends to offer a broad range of programs that inform, inspire, and enrich our community. 
  • Shop: 22 celebrated dealers will have booths where you can shop ‘til you drop from Friday-Sunday.
  • Note for Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 
    • Members of the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens at the Friend ($50) through Supporter ($250) levels will receive one complimentary, single-day general admission to the 2022 show on the day of their choice. 
    • Members at the Ambassador ($500) and Benefactor Circle ($1,000) levels will receive complimentary three-day general admission for two.
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1. Live it up at Gala in the Gardens, Thursday, September 29, 7-11PM

Gala in the Gardens
Gala in the Gardens (Birmingham Botanical Gardens)

The show kicks off on Thursday night with Gala in the Gardens. Enter through the special garden entrance created by Millhouse Howell and enjoy an evening of dancing, cocktails and conversation under the stars. 

  • When: Thursday, September 29, 7-11PM
  • Cost: $250 per person
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Sponsored by Cooper Construction, the Gala honors longtime supporters Maggie and Will Brooke.

2. Ken Fulk, a multiple award-winning designer who’s crafted enchanting spaces around the globe, will speak at Antiques at the Gardens

Ken Fulk will be at Antiques at the Gardens
Ken Fulk (Brendan Mainini)

Known for his signature blend of cinematic flair and layered spaces that pay homage to the traditional influences of his Virginian upbringing, Ken Fulk has a large presence on Instagram

Renowned for his layered interiors, high-concept hospitality brands and unforgettable parties, Fulk has gained international acclaim with widely published residential and hospitality projects. 

In 2018, he founded Saint Joseph’s Arts Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting local artists at revitalized historic landmarks in San Francisco and Provincetown.

Here are a few other ways you might have heard of Ken Fulk: 

  • Architectural Digest AD100
  • Elle Decor A-List 
  • James Beard Award—twice nominated for hospitality projects
  • Author of The Movie in My Mind—a behind-the-scenes look at some of his most extravagant endeavors

He’ll be speaking Friday, September 30, at 11AM as part of the show’s Red Diamond Lecture Series There will be a book signing afterwards. 

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3. Lewis Miller’s Flower Flash will give you tons of inspo to make a big splash after Antiques at the Gardens

Lewis Miller (l) + one of his flower flashes in New York City (r) (photos

Lewis Miller developed a respect for nature at a young age, growing up in California farm country. 

His Flower Flashes will make your jaw drop—these pop up street art floral installations are amazing, whether they’re in New York, Charlottesville, Nashville or somewhere else. His goal is to continue this work and bring joy and surprise to urban neighborhoods and city dwellers.

Here are a few of his accolades:

Catch him Friday, September 30, at 2PM, also part of the show’s Red Diamond Lecture Series, followed by a book signing. Know you want to go? Get tickets today.

4. The VERANDA Panel at Antiques at the Gardens

Antiques at the Garden, Summer Thornton
Summer Thornton (photo supplied)

Steele Marcoux, Editor in Chief of VERANDA magazine, will moderate a panel featuring four interior designers (including Summer Thornton, shown above) you don’t want to miss: 

  • Brandon Ingram—this Georgia Tech alumnus and four-time winner of the prestigious Philip Trammell Shutze Award for excellence in Classical Design from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art heads up the Atlanta-based residential design firm C. Brandon Ingram Design.
  • Janice Parker—Janice Parker Landscape Architects has been honored with multiple awards including the VERANDA Best in Outdoor Living Awards in 2020 and 2022. Parker was inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame in 2017.
  • Stephen Sills—He’s an interior designer who’s renowned for his ability to design innovative and beautiful rooms while establishing a pervasive atmosphere of luxury and calm. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Town and Country, Vogue, VERANDA, W, New York Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar
  • Summer Thornton—She is known for decorating with the wildest abandon to create fearlessly bold and colorful interiors that give homes life. Her work has been featured in AD, VERANDA, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and more. 

This one is Saturday, October 1 at 11AM, presented by VERANDA magazine.

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5. You can shop at Recreo Jewelry +  21 other antiques dealers

Recreo Jewelry is the brainchild of Tracey Telson Smolin, a Los Angeles-based jeweler and designer. She curates estate, vintage and antique pieces from around the world. She also designs her own pieces.

Throughout the weekend, showgoers will have the opportunity to visit the shops of 22 celebrated dealers offering the following:

  • Furniture
  • Fine art
  • Vintage and fine jewelry
  • Silver
  • Rugs + textiles
  • Home decor
  • Garden accessories

Visit bbgardens.org/antiques to read about other special talks and offerings throughout the weekend.

Tickets to Antiques at the Gardens are limited—get yours today

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