The Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, Alabama are sprawled over nearly 70 acres of land and is just a quick 11 minute walk from the Zoo. Those with an interest in arts, architecture, gardening, cooking, health and well being are guaranteed to find something of interest here.
The gardens host a wide range of events including lectures, antiques and plant fairs and author events. You can take yoga classes in serene surroundings and there is quite literally something for everyone. There’s an action packed schedule to choose from so be sure to check out what’s on before you plan your trip.
Education is an integral part of the the gardens and they house the only free public horticultural library in the US. The library offers free book lending, computer, and internet services (nice!).
For the best possible experience at the gardens, I highly recommend visiting from Spring to Autumn. It’s an awe inspiring spectacle throughout the year, however, it’s a marvel to behold when the plants, trees and flowers are in full bloom at the beginning and of when they reach the end of their seasonal cycle.
You’ll likely work up a hunger walking through the endless paths and trails this living natural museum has to offer. The restaurant at the Botanical Gardens caters for small and large groups up to 200 people. The standard dining area seats up to 100 people. An ideal place to consider booking wedding receptions, business conferences and celebration meals.
Admission to the gardens and parking facilities is 100% free of charge. Please consider donating to support the gardens. Your support is vital to the upkeep of the grounds and free services offered. It will ensure that this natural wonderland will remain free to enjoy for future visitors.
Special activities and events are paying, however, members of the gardens can avail of discounts on all paying services.
The gardens are open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk (opening and closing times vary based on seasonal daylight).