The Huntsville Botantical Garden is simply amazing. As we continued our college road trip we had to stop in Huntsville Alabama to visit my mother.  One of our favorite things to do when we are in my hometown is to visit the botanical gardens.  The people responsible for creating the gardens in Huntsville have worked over the years to build what is now the 5th most attended paid attraction in Alabama.

Here in North Alabama are gardens that rival the best known botanical gardens in the nation.  Founded back in January of 1980.  The gardens today are 112 acres.  The group that set out to establish the garden had a vision.  It took almost 11 years to start to become a reality.

Today the 112 acres of the Huntsville Botanical Garden are home to everything from aquatic gardens, to a butterfly house.  The area Master Gardners have a demonstration garden they use to teach garden techniques.

Childrens Garden

The childrens garden is really neat.  It is really eight separate gardens in one two-acre site.  From a dinosaur dig site to a space-themed garden complete with real parts of spacecraft this garden will really let a child’s imagination run.The Storybook Garden, filled with visual references to well-known fairy tales, features toadstool seating, a pergola; a hidden garden gate, a wishing well, and a yellow brick road.Get lost in the old-fashioned maze, or make one of your own from giant sunflowers with moveable leaves. There is also a labyrinth for fun on a smaller scale. Friends and families can call directions from the fabulous tree-house overlook.

Birding Trail

The Lewis Birding Trail is devoted to the conservation, education, and enjoyment of birdlife.  The Trail transverses the Garden’s diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, wetland, and native wildflower and azalea gardens, and highlights a large diversity of local and migrating birds.  Huntsville Botanical Gardens is listed as a birding “Hot Spot” by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society.

The Purdy Butterfly House at is open May through September each year.  This 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Lush local vegetation and flowering plants are here for visitors to experience.

Special Events

Every December the Huntsville Botanical Gardens transforms into the Galaxy of Lights.  This is a drive-thru display of lights for the holiday season.  Just imagine what all the rocket scientist in Huntsville can do with Christmas lights.  The event is complete with music piped in on the radio and Santa.

The garden host several traveling exhibits each year.  They have hosted Legos, Treehouses and Myths, and Scarecrows.  These are always great treats

This dragon is part of the current Myths displays in the gardens.

to go see.

Garden Hours

April through September

  • Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

October through March

  • Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Garden Admission:

  • Members: Free
  • Children 2 and Under: Free
  • Children 3-18: $9
  • Adults: $14
  • Military Personnel: $12
  • Student: $12
  • Seniors (55+): $12
  • November-February: admission rates are discounted $2.00
  • Don’t forget to bring a wagon or stroller for the little ones!

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2 thoughts on “Huntsville Botanical Garden, and Butterflies in the Shadow of Rockets

    1. It really is cool, especially since I remember when the location was nothing more than open fields and Army Training Area. They really have done a magnificent job with these gardens.

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