The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is 67.5-acre (27.3 ha) of botanical gardens located adjacent to Lane Park at the southern foot of Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama. The gardens are home to over 12,000 different types of plants, 25 unique gardens, more than 30 works of original outdoor sculpture, and several miles of walking paths. With more than 350,000 annual visitors, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens qualify as one of Alabama's top free-admittance tourist attractions.
The gardens include a garden center that has a library (the largest public horticulture library in the U.S.), auditorium, Linn-Henley Lecture Hall, Blount Education Center, Gerlach Plant Information Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System office, Arrington Children's Plant Adventure Zone, and a restaurant.
|Monday||6:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||6:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||6:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||6:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||6:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||6:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||6:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Sridhar Kusampudi | Feb 19, 2018
I went to some botanical gardens before. Birmingham Botanical Garden is relatively small in size compared to others but others charge and this is free. Monday being Presidents day it's going to be closed so went there on Sunday evening. Though we could spend only few minutes we have really enjoyed the gardens, views.
Cora Ashley | Jan 17, 2018
Wonderful place to unwind amidst the beauty of native botanicals. There's also lots to learn about a variety of flora and fauna. Great place to bring little ones on warm days as there is lots of room for them to burn energy and lots of interesting plant life to grab their attention. Great romantic spot for a walk or picnic. They also have an event center, a library and a store. You can purchase plants just about year round as well as unique gift shop items. There is ample parking and you can walk to and from the Birmingham zoo via a paved walk way.
c w | Jan 13, 2018
The BBG is the perfect place for families with kids-room to run and explore. For couples wanting a romantic walk-For individuals seeking peace and solitude- For native plant enthusiasts. For photographers. Everyone is welcome. And there is no admission fee! If you want to expand your knowledge of Alabama natural history there are classes offered throughout the year-and field trips with fantastic instructors. Search “certificate in native plant studies” to learn more.
Craig Winn | Mar 5, 2018
Absolutely beautiful and absolutely free. We love to go for the large open green spaces to throw a football and the closed dense spaces full of flowers. It is rarely over crowded even when the parking lot is full. Grab a sandwich before you get there and eat it in the grass then take a walk thru the Japanese gardens.
Damon Davis | Jan 14, 2018
This place a great way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with someone whom you enjoy talking and spending time. My daughter and I had a great time strolling through the grounds. They were well kept and there is lots to explore. There is a enough acreage and variety to keep you busy for at least a couple of hours.
Laura McKenzie | Apr 21, 2018
My one complaint is that I wish there were more labels on plants and I definitely wish the rose garden didn't reek of pesticides and fungicides. But what a gem! I love each part of the garden. You'll find a variety of zones in the gardens based on themes such as "Asian gardens", "Alabama Forest", "Bog Garden". The best part of the kitchen garden is the variety of herbs grown there. You can easily put 3 miles of walking on while viewing so many surprises. There are easy places to walk that are find for handicap access and there are steep trails with some nice views for folks wanting a vigorous walk.
B Renae Batton | Apr 24, 2018
This place was beautiful, even though not everything had begun to bloom yet. The staff was very knowledgeable about their plants, and the giftstore staff were so helpful. I can't wait to visit again. This is also a great place for families with children to visit as it's free and there is lots of room for the children to run and explore. It's also located right across the street from the zoo. Would make a great day trip.
Sheree Hall | Apr 4, 2018
Beautiful place to walk and enjoy the scenery. It opens fairly early in the morning. Admission is free. You will see many people getting their pictures taken here. Besides the gardens themselves you can also visit a library, restaurant, and gift shop. Members receive 10% off cost of food at the restaurant and items from the store. The gardens offer many educational programs for individuals, children, and families. Some are free and others require registration and a fee.
Bob Harvey | Apr 20, 2018
Wear your best walking shoes, or fully charge your H/C vehicles batteries! From a mountain creek and terrain on the north, through trials of Southern Wetlands, to Japanese Gardens with a lake full of prized Koi Fish, there are seasonally placed and naturally growing flowers just about all seasons to walk or drive through! As of 4/18/18, the English Styled Rose garden is in “full budding” about to explode in color — with about 1/3 early budding varieties already giving off their warm scents to all who pass that way!
Jinan Chaarani | Mar 17, 2018
Very peaceful quaint garden. I love taking family photos here. They have a beautiful Japanese garden with parts of it donated/gifted by Japan (surprising to see that in a small city like Bham). Their little flower and gifts shop is always a fun treat after walking the gardens. The only issue I have is that they don't allow dogs. It would be a great place to walk the dog.
L G Lambert | May 17, 2018
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens were in full bloom and absolutely beautiful. They have a good variety of plant species and areas devoted to roses, shade loving plants, a Japanese Garden (which was in poor condition on this date but looked good in the past), wildflowers, herb gardens and desert gardens. There were some nice sculptural accents and a fountain but on this particular day it was not on. They have a cafe and also have a few vending areas. Important to many is the availability of benches and seating areas.
Sherri Thompson | Jun 3, 2018
I love this place and was so excited to go back and visit because I have moved away. All parts of the garden are wonderful. We were there while the day lilies were still blooming. And we got to go to the bonsai show as well and learn about them. A great visit.
Jessica Saylor | May 16, 2018
I love going with my family to the gardens and seeing all the beautiful plants and flowers in the different gardens. It's a huge area with several different types of gardens, such as a rose garden and a Japanese garden. We've been several times and I still don't think we've seen everything the garden has to offer. The gardens are exceptionally well maintained. One of the great things about the gardens is that anyone can go since it's free to go.
Kevin Lambert | Jun 22, 2018
Best kept secret in Birmingham. The food there was world class. Our waiter Luther made the experience over the top. Kudos to the Chef and management. So classy it should have cost much more. Plus the plants were cool.
Isabella | Jul 20, 2018
Simply amazing! Can’t believe it’s free! There’s so many gorgeous plants to see and there’s also a place to buy succulents! The library inside sells books for $1 so check that out too. Free parking on site. You can make it a 1 hour trip or a half day. Bring some water and snacks.
Lou Willie | Aug 1, 2018
The Botanical Gardens is one of the best places to go in Birmingham. It's free to get in, and there is so much to see. They have all sorts of flowers, a greenhouse, vegetable garden, and even some natural "wild" areas. It's a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
R David Chambers | Jun 29, 2018
this place was beautiful! I only spent a couple hours there but it's worth a full day ... if you bring some sort of repellent. I did not bring any and I was eaten alive. there are some paved paths and some hiking in the woods paths. Just make sure you plan properly and this will make for an amazing day. It's also a short drive from Vulcan, so you can easily do both on one trip. I'm not sure how late the Gardens are open, but Vulcan is open late and worth seeing day and night, so maybe bounce back and forth between the Gardens and Vulcan. I met a few grounds people while at the Gardens and they were very friendly and happy to answer questions. The Gardens are also great for both Pokémon Go and Jurassic World Alive, so plan those in if you need to ;)
Melanie Carroll | Jul 2, 2018
Free parking and free admission! We visited in summer, knowing there might not be a lot of blooms, but there was still plenty of beauty to see. Great place to get some fresh air and walk! Visit their website to see what should be blooming in what month. Great feature!
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