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7034286Nothing says spring like the scent of freshly bloomed flowers, the feeling of warm air, and twittering of birds, and…the crack of a baseball bat? Baseball season is starting once again with the Birmingham Barons kick off April 9th against Mobile at Regions Field and once you’re in the seats with a hot dog and some cracker jack you know the spring has really sprung. The University of Alabama team is also starting their season with a game against LSU at the beloved Hoover Stadium, and it’s sure to be a great match. But baseball isn’t the only way to enjoy spring in beautiful Birmingham, Alabama.

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is not only a wonderful place to take in bright blooms and appreciate the beauty of spring, but it’s a great place to get a jump start on gardening. They host a spring plant sale April 10-12. Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve has a Native Plant sale April 25th. Gardening has a host of benefits, from relaxation to providing a wonderful outlet to work with your hands, maintaining coordination, balance, and dexterity. By getting your plants already sprouted you can simply set them into containers or garden beds to get started and immediately start enjoying the results of your green thumb.If you prefer the idea of enjoying spring flowers in their natural habitat, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve also hosts a Spring Into Spring event April 1st that involves identifying native wildflowers and insects and also fun craft projects.

If flowers aren’t your thing, you can take in beauty of a different sort at the Birmingham Art Crawl April 2nd. This monthly event is a great opportunity to take in the sites and sounds of Central City and visit a variety of galleries and restaurants throughout downtown. It’s a completely free event from 5-9PM and is a fun chance to get moving and admire the work of Birmingham’s creative class. Ruffner Mountain also hosts a free art event on April 4th called Art On R Mountain from 9am-5pm featuring both arts and crafts.