Huntsville, Alabama is home to the 112-acre Huntsville Botanical Garden.
Listed as the fifth most popular tourist site in the state, this beautiful garden has over 350,000 visitors annually. This sprawling campus is home to seventeen gardens and a seasonal butterfly house. Some of the more popular gardens include:
The Children’s Garden
This two-acre garden is actually eight separate gardens in one. Children can explore the world of dinosaurs, see a Space Station node, explore the world of rainbows, play in the Storybook Garden, run through an old-fashioned maze, play in a wading pool in the Pollywog Bog, or spend the day in the Bamboo Garden, where they can use bamboo shoots as musical instruments.
The Garden of Hope
Dedicated in October, 2006, this garden was established as a place where cancer patients and their families can join to meditate, express their hopes and fears and take a respite from the outside world. It is meant to serve as a horticulture therapy and to be a place where patients can share their stories. There are also opportunities for patients to design, plant, and maintain parts of the garden.
This garden features over 800 cultivars of daylilies in a variety of colors, sizes and flower forms. As the daylilies outgrown their space, gardeners pot them and offer them for sale to members and to the public.
Demonstration Vegetable Garden
Created and maintained by the Master Gardeners of North America, this area serves as a model for those who wish to grow vegetables at home. It demonstrates four popular styles of garden-traditional row, wide row, raised bed green and square-foot. Thousands of pounds of produce is grown here annually and donated to local organizations to feed those in need.
Within this ¼ acre garden are 14 theme gardens and a tiny herb cottage. The rich and colorful history of herbs are represented in the Knot Garden, which features four themed beds, including: Culinary, Medicinal, Dye and Fragrance.
The Garden offers multiple educational outreach opportunities for local schools, families and tourist. In addition they host multiple events throughout the calendar year, including the annual Mother’s Day Butterfly Release event. Admission for the Garden ranges from $8-$12, depending on the age of the visitor. Information about purchasing tickets, hours of operation, special events, and each of the individual gardens can be found online at hsvbg.org or by calling 256-830-4447.