Just “over the mountain” from downtown Birmingham is one of the city’s gems, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The Gardens present more than 25 garden designs and over 12,000 plants from around the world within its 67.5 acres. The Gardens also offer the largest public horticulture library in the U.S. Alabama’s own floral diversity is celebrated – over 1250 native species, subspecies, and cultivars are represented – and two gardens provide a sampling of the state’s ecological diversity. This much native botanical diversity attracts thousands of migrating birds traveling through the metro area each spring and fall. Maintained in partnership between the City of Birmingham and the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, The Gardens also offer frequent events and resources to educate the public about plants, gardening, and the environment. The Gardens are easy to explore for people of all ages and abilities and admission is free.
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35223
• What To Do •
There’s something for everyone at The Gardens! Stroll or jog on several miles of trails. Bring a picnic or have lunch at The Gardens Café. Attend a workshop on gardening or nature. Browse The Garden’s extensive library. Bring binoculars for watching birds and butterflies. The Gardens are also popular for portrait photography, weddings, and other events.
• Seasonal Highlights •
Spring is busy with awakening plants, blooming flowers, and hungry pollinators. During summer, many plants will be at their peak - mornings or evenings are the best times to beat the heat. Cooling temperatures in fall trigger late-season wildflowers to bloom and deciduous trees to show their warm colors. When winter brings dormancy to many plants and the leaves drop, views of the the subtle beauty of the rock gardens, gazebos and stone walls are worth a walk with your binoculars or camera.