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Alabama Garden Trail

Make your way through the Alabama Garden Trail and enjoy the natural wonder and beauty these gorgeous landscapes have to offer. Because of the range of climates and soil conditions in Alabama, visitors can experience a variety of garden foliage and settings throughout the state.

Explore the Alabama Garden Trail from the top of the state all the way down to the Gulf. No matter the season, you’re sure to find a stunning scene at any one of these featured destinations:

Featured Garden Trail Events

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Bellingrath Gardens and Home will celebrate the 85th anniversary. Walter and Bessie Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile Register on April 7, 1932, inviting the p...

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Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville

Don't Miss

Galaxy of Lights –

The gardens are illuminated from mid-November to January each year, and visitors can enjoy walking or driving tours.

Southern Heritage Garden –

Limestone columns that once graced the Madison County Courthouse are a focal point.

The Garden Railway –

This G-scale display is popular with all ages and is open from mid-March to December.

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville

Don't Miss

Galaxy of Lights –

The gardens are illuminated from mid-November to January each year, and visitors can enjoy walking or driving tours.

Southern Heritage Garden –

Limestone columns that once graced the Madison County Courthouse are a focal point.

The Garden Railway –

This G-scale display is popular with all ages and is open from mid-March to December.

Nearby Road Trips

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Alabama Road Trip No. 7

Huntsville: To the Moon and Back By Dinner

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville is the largest and most comprehensive space flight m…

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville is the largest and most comprehensive spac…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 48

Scottsboro: Claim the Treasures

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on 69,000-acre Lake Guntersville, Scottsbor…

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on 69,000-acre Lake Guntersville,…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 20

Decatur: Fun in the River City

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River in North Alabama, Decatur is called “The River City” …

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River in North Alabama, Decatur is called “The Ri…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 46

Athens’ Southern Splendor

From history and food to Southern hospitality, Athens has it all. Athens is a small city in North…

From history and food to Southern hospitality, Athens has it all. Athens is a small cit…

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham

Don't Miss

Horticulture library –

It’s the largest such public library in the U.S.

Southern Living Garden –

This area has been carefully curated and planned by the editors and experts behind the magazine.

The Gardens Café by Kathy G. –

Stop in for a fresh, local lunch at this eatery directed by Kathy G. Mezrano, a well-known Birmingham caterer.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham

Don't Miss

Horticulture library –

It’s the largest such public library in the U.S.

Southern Living Garden –

This area has been carefully curated and planned by the editors and experts behind the magazine.

The Gardens Café by Kathy G. –

Stop in for a fresh, local lunch at this eatery directed by Kathy G. Mezrano, a well-known Birmingham caterer.

Nearby Road Trips

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Alabama Road Trip No. 6

Birmingham: Taking it to the Streets, Downtown

Get ready to travel to Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, for a stroll through historic downtown…

Get ready to travel to Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, for a stroll through histori…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 19

Birmingham’s Five Points South: Walk to James Beard-recognized Restaurants

Birmingham is home to great neighborhoods that are filled with a spirit that comes alive when you…

Birmingham is home to great neighborhoods that are filled with a spirit that comes aliv…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 53

Racing, Riding and Building America’s Wheels

From the first crank of an engine, America fell in love with the automobile. Throughout Alabama, …

From the first crank of an engine, America fell in love with the automobile. Throughout…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 18

Go for a Drive on the RTJ Golf Trail

In Alabama, you can go for a drive on the RTJ Golf Trail, but these driving skills don’t require …

In Alabama, you can go for a drive on the RTJ Golf Trail, but these driving skills don’…

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Aldridge Gardens

Hoover

Don't Miss

“The Guide to Native Birds at Aldridge Gardens” –

Pick up this resource created by the late Dr. Dan Holliman who spent more than 18 months visiting the gardens daily and walking as a form of physical therapy.

Estate history –

Learn how Eddie Aldridge turned a private estate into a public garden.

Hydrangeas –

These beautiful flowering shrubs peak around May or June. Check with the gardens in advance for the best time to visit.

Aldridge Gardens

Hoover

Don't Miss

“The Guide to Native Birds at Aldridge Gardens” –

Pick up this resource created by the late Dr. Dan Holliman who spent more than 18 months visiting the gardens daily and walking as a form of physical therapy.

Estate history –

Learn how Eddie Aldridge turned a private estate into a public garden.

Hydrangeas –

These beautiful flowering shrubs peak around May or June. Check with the gardens in advance for the best time to visit.

Nearby Road Trips

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Alabama Road Trip No. 34

Irondale, Hanceville & Cullman: A Pilgrimage for the Soul

Pilgrims of all faiths journey from far corners of the globe to nourish spirits and deepen unders…

Pilgrims of all faiths journey from far corners of the globe to nourish spirits and dee…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 33

Tuscaloosa and Northport: A Feast of Art and Food

Tuscaloosa, the fifth largest city in Alabama, is home to the University of Alabama and the Natio…

Tuscaloosa, the fifth largest city in Alabama, is home to the University of Alabama and…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 31

Commemorating Birmingham ’63 in the Alabama Civil Rights District

Visiting Alabama’s Civil Rights District, where some of America’s most painful events took place,…

Visiting Alabama’s Civil Rights District, where some of America’s most painful events t…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 12

Childersburg and Sylacauga: Family Fun

Take your family to explore a cave that’s 12 stories deep. Eleven miles away, amaze them as your …

Take your family to explore a cave that’s 12 stories deep. Eleven miles away, amaze the…

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Jasmine Hill Gardens

Wetumpka

Don't Miss

Olympian Centre –

The gardens are known as “Alabama’s little corner of Greece” and this structure is a testament to iconic Greek architecture.

Guided tour (for large groups only) –

Schedule a private tour to hear the stories and history behind the featured pieces, many of which have been imported from Europe.

April flowers –

For a colorful view of blooming azaleas, double Japanese cherry trees and wisteria, this is the month to visit.

Jasmine Hill Gardens

Wetumpka

Don't Miss

Olympian Centre –

The gardens are known as “Alabama’s little corner of Greece” and this structure is a testament to iconic Greek architecture.

Guided tour (for large groups only) –

Schedule a private tour to hear the stories and history behind the featured pieces, many of which have been imported from Europe.

April flowers –

For a colorful view of blooming azaleas, double Japanese cherry trees and wisteria, this is the month to visit.

Nearby Road Trips

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Alabama Road Trip No. 8

Montgomery: A Place Where History Runs Deep

History is woven into the very soul of Montgomery. It spirals down grand staircases, like the one…

History is woven into the very soul of Montgomery. It spirals down grand staircases, li…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 59

Wetumpka: Land of Rumbling Waters

Nestled in the heart of Elmore County and wrapped in the flowing waters of the Coosa and Tallapoo…

Nestled in the heart of Elmore County and wrapped in the flowing waters of the Coosa an…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 1

Tuscaloosa to Auburn: Football Championship Tour

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers are cross-state rivals in football, …

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers are cross-state rivals in …

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Alabama Road Trip No. 4

Selma to Montgomery: Crossing a Bridge into History

The Edmund Pettus Bridge, spanning the Alabama River in Selma, has become one of the most iconic …

The Edmund Pettus Bridge, spanning the Alabama River in Selma, has become one of the mo…

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Dothan Area Botanical Gardens

Dothan

Don't Miss

Vegetable Garden –

This ever-changing demonstration plot provides the Wiregrass Area Food Bank with fresh produce throughout the year.

Rose Garden –

Visit in May to see blooms at their peak. The garden was started in 1997 and has grown to contain about 450 roses.

Coleman Tropical House –

The climate-controlled greenhouse is full of exotic plants such as elephant ears, orchids and hibiscus.

Dothan Area Botanical Gardens

Dothan

Don't Miss

Vegetable Garden –

This ever-changing demonstration plot provides the Wiregrass Area Food Bank with fresh produce throughout the year.

Rose Garden –

Visit in May to see blooms at their peak. The garden was started in 1997 and has grown to contain about 450 roses.

Coleman Tropical House –

The climate-controlled greenhouse is full of exotic plants such as elephant ears, orchids and hibiscus.

Nearby Road Trips

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Alabama Road Trip No. 13

Eufaula: Picture-Perfect and Pilgrimage-Ready

Experience the state’s oldest and largest tour of homes on the Eufaula Pilgrimage, which takes pl…

Experience the state’s oldest and largest tour of homes on the Eufaula Pilgrimage, whic…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 21

Discover Dothan: The Heart of Alabama’s Wiregrass

Dothan is an ideal place for a fun and affordable family vacation. Symbols of a bygone era await …

Dothan is an ideal place for a fun and affordable family vacation. Symbols of a bygone …

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Alabama Road Trip No. 15

Abbeville: Yatta Abba Yella Fella Tour

Explore the small town made famous by Jimmy Rane, the Yella Fella.

Explore the small town made famous by Jimmy Rane, the Yella Fella.

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Alabama Road Trip No. 52

Pike County: Art, Pioneers, Peanut Butter and More

There’s a lot to love about Pike County, which is just east of Alabama’s capital city and include…

There’s a lot to love about Pike County, which is just east of Alabama’s capital city a…

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Mobile Botanical Gardens

Mobile

Don't Miss

Millie McConnell Rhododendron Garden –

Over 300 species of azaleas, which are in the rhododendron family, grace this spot.

Longleaf Pine Forest –

The 35-acre expanse of woodland offers trails perfect for walkers and runners.

Fragrance & Texture Garden –

This sensory exhibit was designed to enhance the garden experience of blind or other physically impaired visitors.

Mobile Botanical Gardens

Mobile

Don't Miss

Millie McConnell Rhododendron Garden –

Over 300 species of azaleas, which are in the rhododendron family, grace this spot.

Longleaf Pine Forest –

The 35-acre expanse of woodland offers trails perfect for walkers and runners.

Fragrance & Texture Garden –

This sensory exhibit was designed to enhance the garden experience of blind or other physically impaired visitors.

Nearby Road Trips

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Alabama Road Trip No. 45

Historic House Museums of Mobile

From the grand Bragg-Mitchell Mansion to the simple Portier House, the historic house museums of …

From the grand Bragg-Mitchell Mansion to the simple Portier House, the historic house m…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 3

Mobile: A Romantic Getaway

If you’re considering a romantic getaway, put Mobile at the top of your list.

If you’re considering a romantic getaway, put Mobile at the top of your list.

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Alabama Road Trip No. 16

Eastern Shore: Girlfriends Bay Getaway

Experience a girlfriends getaway on Alabama’s Eastern Shore where the charming small town of Fair…

Experience a girlfriends getaway on Alabama’s Eastern Shore where the charming small to…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 39

Outdoor Beach Adventure: Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

This road trip takes you to Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast region for fishing, parasailing, hot a…

This road trip takes you to Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast region for fishing, parasail…

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Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Theodore

Don't Miss

The Bellingrath Museum Home –

The 15-room, 10,500-square-foot home was built in 1935 and is available for tours.

Bayou Boardwalk –

Stroll down this winding trail and catch glimpses of fish, turtles, waterfowl and other wildlife native to the bayou ecosystem.

Live Oak Plaza –

Situated at the center of the gardens, this landscaped area is home to several tranquil water features.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Theodore

Don't Miss

The Bellingrath Museum Home –

The 15-room, 10,500-square-foot home was built in 1935 and is available for tours.

Bayou Boardwalk –

Stroll down this winding trail and catch glimpses of fish, turtles, waterfowl and other wildlife native to the bayou ecosystem.

Live Oak Plaza –

Situated at the center of the gardens, this landscaped area is home to several tranquil water features.

Nearby Road Trips

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Alabama Road Trip No. 17

Foley and Elberta: Art, Antiques and Model Trains

Eight miles north of the white sand beaches of Alabama’s Gulf Coast sit two small towns rich in c…

Eight miles north of the white sand beaches of Alabama’s Gulf Coast sit two small towns…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 9

Gulf Coast Birding: Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island, Theodore

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a stopover point for birds as they return from Central to North America i…

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a stopover point for birds as they return from Central to North…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 50

Your Island Getaway: Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. A natural environment surrounde…

Dauphin Island is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. A natural environment…

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Alabama Road Trip No. 25

Alabama’s Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway

Beautiful beaches, authentic downtowns, wildlife preserves, historic sites and the freshest of se…

Beautiful beaches, authentic downtowns, wildlife preserves, historic sites and the fres…