Alabama Garden Trail

Alabama Garden Trail

Gorgeous, immaculately-maintained landscapes are on display all across the state, and thanks to the wide range of climates and types of soil in Alabama, you will find a variety of stunning settings as you travel. These pristine gardens are certainly beautiful, but for many visitors, it’s the fragrance of the blooming flowers that makes the biggest impact. Later, when you show your friends the photos you took, be sure to describe the smells, too…or just bring everyone with you.

Alabama Garden Trail

Huntsville Botanical Garden

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.

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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.

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Mobile Botanical Gardens

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.

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Bellingrath Gardens and Home

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.

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Aldridge Gardens

“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.

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Dothan Area Botanical Gardens

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.

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