7 Alabama Stops Where Beauty Reigns Year-Round
From Huntsville to Mobile, the seven stops on the Alabama Garden Trail are sure to inspire your sense of the horticultural. Visit one or visit all—you’re always sure to find something spectacular in bloom.
1. HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN, HUNTSVILLE
Located near the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, this 112-acre masterpiece seamlessly blends specialty gardens, nature trails, an aquatic garden and plant collections. Maps are available for self-guided tours, and groups of 10 or more are invited to visit with a friendly, knowledgeable docent.
2. BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS, BIRMINGHAM
Set at the base of Red Mountain, this 67.5-acre beauty is adjacent to Lane Park. More than 12,000 plants and flowers show well with 30 original outdoor art pieces. Groups from 10 to 50 can arrange tours with three weeks’ notice. Tours are designed to your interests and the time you have available.
3. ALDRIDGE BOTANICAL GARDENS, HOOVER
The one-time home of nurseryman Eddie Aldridge, this 30-acre attraction is highlighted by a variety of hydrangeas. Plantings are accented by outdoor art, constantly changing galleries and permanent entrant displays. Groups of 10 or more are invited. Plan to spend at least 45 minutes. There are plenty of benches along the way.
4. JASMINE HILL GARDENS AND OUTDOOR MUSEUM, WETUMPKA
Imagine a relaxing stroll through tranquil gardens accented with impressive statuary that portrays the Greece of Olympic times. This 20-acre blend of art and floral near Montgomery welcomes groups with advance notice. Tours and memorable dining options with breathtaking views are available.
5. DOTHAN AREA BOTANICAL GARDENS, DOTHAN
Approaching its 25th anniversary, the 50-acre farmland purchased in 1994 has evolved into 24 gardens. Overlooking the Rose Garden, the Ralph & Carolyn Smith Botanical Center is perfect for botanical programs and catered receptions. The Demonstration Flower Garden, Herb Garden and Tropical Garden are popular spots.
6. MOBILE BOTANICAL GARDENS, MOBILE
In 1974 the 100 acres comprising today’s gardens was leased from the City of Mobile. Level pathways weave through eight signature gardens. The Woodland Trail highlights the area’s Longleaf Forest, but is less accessible for visitors unable to walk on uneven ground.
7. BELLINGRATH GARDENS AND HOME, THEODORE
The historic home and museum of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath are the keystone of this 65-acre garden estate. From azaleas in the spring to camellias in the winter to roses in the summer and chrysanthemums in the fall, the Bellingrath gardens are always presenting their beauty.