While Alabama does not have an official flower “Garden” trail there are many gardens throughout the state that celebrate the beauty of flowers.
Some of the most beautiful can be found in Fairhope, Gadsden, Greensboro, Hillsboro, Hoover, Huntsville, Jaemison and Mobile. They vary in size from a few acres to over 100 acres each offering a multitude of plants, trees and blooming flowers throughout the year.
Fairhope Rose Garden – Located adjacent ot the Fairhope Municipal Pier at W. Fairhope Ave, this beautiful garden serves as the focal point for the city and has won awards for its roses. Seasonal plants and varieties include tulips, poinsettias and Easter lillies. Visitors to the downtown area will also find flower planters and displays. For more information: www.cofairhope.com/tourism.html
Noccalula Falls Park – This very popular park at 1500 Noccalula Rd. is located atop Lookout Mountain where a 90-foot waterfall serves as the vocal point for this park that includes over 50,000 azaleas scattered among nature trails along with a petting zoo and covered bridge. Call 256-549-4663.
Magnolia Grove – One of several Greek Revival homes scattered about the state, this one is located at 1002 Hobson St. and was built around 1840 and home of Spanish-American War hero Richmond Pearson Hobson. Visitors to this 15-acre site will see not only the home but along displays of magnolias, camellias, daylilies and many more. For additional information: www.preserveala.org.
Pond Spring – Twelve historic buildings situated on 50 acres at 12280 Ala. Hwy. 20, help make up this site which is primarily formal boxwood gardens surrounding the home of famed Confederate officer Gen. Joseph Wheeler. For additiona info: www.preserveala.org.
Aldridge Gardens – This gardens located at 3530 Lorna Rd, began when noted horticulturalists Loren and Eddie Aldridge discovered two rate hydrangeas and began growing the Snowflake Hydrangea in their nursery. The gardens now has the largest collection of hydrangeas in the world and you can learn more at: www.aldridgegardens.com
Burritt Museum & Park – This historic museum and park at 3101 Burritt Dr. offers nature trails, wildflowers, local plants to the mountain and woods of the region and information on how they were used by Indians. Www.burrittmuseum.com
Constitution Village Gardens – This is another important historic site to the state for it was here that 48 Constitutional Convention delegates gathered to help make Alabama a state in 1819. Alabama Constitutional Village has been recreated at 109 Gates Ave. and visitors can see the Federal-style buildings, guides in period clothing and the historic gardens. Additional information at: www.earlyworks.com/village html
Huntsville Botanical Garden – Located at 4747 Bob Wallace Ave this garden offers woodland paths, grassy meadows and beautiful flower collections. Trails include the Dogwood Trail and Nature Trail with wildflowers, roses, daylilies, herbs and butterfly gardens special highlights. Visitors will find a fern glade and demonstration vegetable garden here as well. The Central Corridor Gardens fill five acres with aquatic, perennial and annual displays throughout the year. And the Tessman Butterfly House is home to hundreds of colorful butterflies. Additional information is at: www.hsvbg.org
Petals From The Past – This is a 22-acre demonstration garden located at 16034 Co. Rd. 29 and specializes in antique roses, herirloom shrubs and hard to find herbs and perennial flowers. This site offers guided tours and special programs. Check: www.PetalsFromThePast.com for more information.
Mobile Botanical Gardens – Located on 100 acres at 5151 Museum Dr, these gardens include woodlands, cultivated gardens and a botanical center as home to native plants, camellilas, ferns, herbs, Japanese maples, axaleas and longleaf pines. The Katherine Shropshire Memorial Nature Trail is a quarter mile walk through woods untouched since the early 1900s and visitors will also see a wide vareity of wildlife and indigenous flora. Www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org
Richards-DAR House Museum & Gardens