The Hugh Kaul EcoScape, a 4-acre outdoor classroom at the western end of the campus of Birmingham-Southern College began as a dump. Roald Hazelhoff of The Southern Environmental Center, gardeners and local artists transformed the space into an enchanting maze of raised beds, native plants and original sculpture. The gravel paths take visitors through a miniature Mobile Basin wetland; past sculptures of beneficial insects, including dragon flies and spiders; alongside fragrance gardens; and lead to at a two-story tree house. The Ecoscape is used as an outdoor classroom for k-12 groups as well as a demonstration garden showing medicinal plants, edible landscapes and sustainable landscape practices. Raised beds and floors made from native stone and recycled tile mosaics define the gathering places like the sunflower pavilion. Its a place for inspiration and learning unique to Birmingham-Southern College.
Funding for this EcoScape provided by Hugh Kaul Foundation, BSC Student Government Association and Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35204
• What To Do •
Climb the tree house for a woodland view, listen to wind chimes rung with a bowling ball, take a walk on the wooded path, rub some herb leaves between your fingers, look and listen for birds, watch out for the 6 foot praying mantis, shelter in the sunflower pavilion. Try something new - Vulcan Orienteering has created a beginners course for you to try. Look for information under lesson plans.
• Seasonal Highlights •
At the end of summer the lush garden flowers bend over from the weight of their blooms. The landscape transforms with each season. When the leaves fall the numerous sculptures stand out in the gardens but the plant beds tend to be the stars spring through fall.