Throughout the year a variety of flowers can be found in Alabama, from its mountainous regions in the north to beaches in the south and there are numerous cities and areas that highlight the colorful beauty of these flowers.
Just a few of these locations include:
Courtyard Garden & Wildlife Garden – 800 Museum Dr. at the Anniston Museum of Natural History, this garden creates a micro-climate providing for the growth of numerous exotics such as cannas, ferns, cycads, bananas along with the largest collection of outdoor palms in the state. Many indigenous state plants can be seen here also. You can visit their site for more details: www.annistonmuseum.org
Donald E. Davis Arboretum – 101 Rouse on the Auburn University campus, this 13-acre arboretum houses 150 different trees species indigenous to the Southeast and most all of the plants on display are native to the state. For more details call: 334-844-5770
Birmingham Botanical Gardens – 2612 Lane Park Rd, this botanical is the oldest city-owned garden in the state. The gardens opened in 1962 and covers 67 acres including The Conservatory which is the largest clear span glasshouse in the Southeast. While there dont miss the 100 year old Sago palm and the Ireland Orchid Collection. Set on the 67 acres are over 20 individual gardens including the Hess Camellia Garden, Fern Glade, Bog Garden, Japanese Gardens, Bruno Vegetable Garden, Barber Alabama Woodlands and Kaul Wildflower Garden. You will find over 150 types of hybrid roses in the Dunn Formal Rose Garden and Pergola. Go to: www.bbgardens.org for more details.
Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden – 2000 Eighth Ave. N. is an addition to the Birmingham Museum of Art which was designed by a sculptor to serve as a “natural” showcase for sculpture. This garden contains boxwoods, Japanese Pieris and other plants to aid in the display of sculptures including works by Rodin and Lipshitz. Additional info at: www.artsBMA.org.
EcoScape at the Southern Environmental Center – 900 Arkadelphia Rd, is located a four-acre outdoor classroom that uses local art to illustrate mostly organic gardening and here visitors can walk through the wildflower garden, sample edible plants and flowers and view garden art. More info at: www.bsc.edu/sec/ecoscape/default.html
Down South Home & Gardens – 1701 Sowell Rd, this historic 1911 Southern mansion is the home of a bird and butterfly sanctuary with gardens home to lantana, hibiscus, mimosas, azaleas, boxwoods and topiaries. Call 888-655-6247 for more info.
CalMac Nursery Gardens – 160 Ryan Rd is a working study garden where visitors can gain information on what plants and flowers will work best in their own gardens at home. You can receive expert advise on herbs, Southern perennials and all things gardening in the Deep South. Call 256-739-3100 for more information.
Cullman Native Plant Society Wildflower Garden – Sportsman Lake Rd, this garden is located on four-acres in Sportsman Lake Park and offers a selection of native plants, shrubs and trees. 256-734-3052
Gaineswood – 805 South Cedar, is located one of the nation’s best examples of Greek Revival style architecture and visitors can see the Lady Banks roses on the iron entrance gates and porter’s lodge. The yards/gardens were designed for the enjoyment of the owner as well as visitors and is termed “folly” landscaping with its ornate and irregularly-spaced interiors. Go to: www.preserveala.org
Dothan Area Botanical Gardens – 5130 Headland, can be found 50 acres of partially wooded gardens that preserves the spirit and beauty of early Southern gardens that includes native plants. Visitors will find an antique greenhouse, Victorian gazebo, rose garden, day lilies and pond. There is also a demonstration garden on site. For additional details: www.dabg.com
Poplar Head Park – 126 N. St. Andrews, is a historical park near the center of Dothan and it includes a Southern garden with roses and magnolias. 334-615-3400
Biophilia Nature Center – 12695 Co. Rd. 95 at the southern end of the state not far from the Gulf beaches is this 20-acre center with over 100 species of plants including wild edibles, butterfly gardening, wildlife and wetlands, carnivorous plants including pitchers and Venus flytraps. See more info at: www.biophilia.net.