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Adult Programs

The Garden provides a variety of opportunities for adults to expand their knowledge of plants and their place in nature. From gardening practices to botanical drawing and a wide range of selections in between, there’s something here for everyone! Let’s get growin’!

Huntsville Botanical Garden now offers Artists of North Alabama & South Central Tennessee an opportunity to attend classes focused on  Botanical Illustration!

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hike

Saturdays, July 8, July 22
10:00 AM -11:30 AM or 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Meet at the Garden Railway
Members $10, Non-member $12 + Garden Admission

Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hike: Guided daytime walk led by education department staff through the Dinosaurs Uproar Alive exhibit and the Dinosaur loop in the Children’s Garden complete with a hands-on activity and something to take home!  A different activity will be offered each date.
Register for July 8  @ 10 AM
Register for July 8  @ 1  PM
Register for July 22 @ 10  AM
Register for July 22 @ 1 PM 

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

Firefly Night Hikes with a Prehistoric Twist

June 27, July 11, and July 25
7:30 PM
Meet in the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater
(First parking lot immediately to your left as you enter the Garden)
Register for June 27
Register for July 11
Register for July 25

Children of all ages will enjoy these family-friendly night hikes at the Garden. These hikes are extraordinary because you’ll get to go back in time to visit the prehistoric creatures at the Garden! After walking through our Dinosaur Uproar Alive exhibit, you’ll see fireflies in the meadows, orb weavers spinning their webs and maybe, if we’re lucky, some nocturnal animals out foraging for dinner. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure, and don’t forget you’ll get to make s’mores!

Members $10, Non-members $12
Free for children aged 3 and under

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

Butterfly Release

Saturday, July 15
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Anderson Education Center & Purdy Butterfly House
Register for July 15th 10:30 Session

Help us repopulate the Purdy Butterfly House by releasing live butterflies in the morning, afternoon, or both!  We’ll begin this program with a brief presentation in the Anderson Education Center classroom followed by time spent in the butterfly house enjoying an environmentally safe restoration of our indoor butterfly population!  This event will provide a memorable photogenic opportunity for all!

Member $5, Non-member $6.50, Under 3 $0

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Plant ID Walk – Guest Center

Sunday, July 16, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Members free, Non-Members $5.00 + Garden Admission
Purchase Tickets Here

Featuring new plants in beds around the Guest Center with a walk in the Garden lead by Carol Lambdin, Landscape Architect. With over 140 new species of plants now being showcased in and around the new Guest Center, Carol will feature those shining the most in the month of July for this one of a kind Garden walk!

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

HBG’s Annual Tomato Contest

Saturday, July 22
9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Register Here 

Show off your prize winning tomatoes at the Garden’s Annual Summer Tomato Contest! Come out to see who has the best tomatoes in the Tennessee Valley!
Guest judges will award the top three prizes for both children and adults:
Best Tasting, Best Cherry Tomato and Biggest by Weight.

Certificates and prizes for all six winners!

Free Registration for Garden members & $5 plus admission for Non-members

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

Native Tree Identification

Sundays, September 10, 17, 24
and October 1, 8, 15 (six classes)
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Anderson Education Center & Garden
Register for Sept. 10
Register for Sept. 17
Register for Sept. 24
Register for Oct. 1
Register for Oct. 8
Register for Oct. 15

Want to learn how to identify native trees by using bark, twig, flower, fruit and leaf characteristics?

This class will be a 6 week series on using combinations of diagnostic characteristics such as bark type, overall growth habit, and leaf and bud shape and arrangement to identify native tree species, at least to the genus level. The focus of the class is on both deciduous and evergreen overstory and understory trees native to northern Alabama mountains. We will cover about 10 trees per class; and the entire series will cover at least 60 species over approximately 40 genera including Maples, Oaks, Hickories, Magnolias, Pines, Hollies, Ash, and more. A few invasive species may also be covered.

We will meet in the Anderson Education Classroom in the Nature Center; but most classes will involve walking out into the garden to get familiar with the trees in person, so please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. In cases of truly unpleasant weather, the class will be held inside.

Although you are welcome to drop in for any single class, the first class will focus on terminology and what to look for to “see” the traits mentioned in commonly available field guides and botanical descriptions; so it is highly recommended to attend. Handouts will be available for those who miss the a class.

Member free, Non-member $5.00 + Garden Admission
Instructor: Tracy Cook, HBG Assistant Curator

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Family Campout in the Garden

Friday, September 15 – Saturday, September 16
5:00 PM – 8:00 AM
Dogwood Grove behind Aquatic Garden
Register Here

Campout activities include a hot dog dinner and a hay wagon ride to the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheatre for the ever popular Hoot In The Night owl show followed by star gazing with the Von Braun Astronomical Society, roasting marshmallows and a night sleeping under the stars in the Dogwood Grove! You bring the tent and bedding and we’ll provide the rest!!!

Parent/Child $60; Family of Four $100;
Extra Child or Parent $25

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Monarch Watch Butterfly Tag & Release

Saturday, September 30
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Anderson Education Center/Purdy Butterfly House/Celebration Station
Register Here

Monarch butterflies migrate through Huntsville, Alabama from September to mid-October every year
on their incredible journey from Canada to Mexico where they will roost over the winter months.
These seemingly delicate creatures fly feverishly on their pre-determined migration patterns making
quick stops at local Waystations. Huntsville Botanical Garden has a Monarch Watch certified garden
consisting of butterfly host and nectar specific plants, necessary for migrating Monarchs. On
Saturday, September 30 we’ll be tagging, putting a tiny sticker, on the dorsal wing of over 200
Monarch’s and then releasing them into the Garden. The data from these recaptures will be used by
researchers at the University of Kansas to determine the pathways taken by migrating monarchs, the
influence of weather on the migration, and the survival rate of the Monarchs. Come join us on Saturday,
September 30, 2017 for a presentation about migrating Monarch butterflies
and the lifetime experience of tagging and releasing a live butterfly!

$15/person with Garden Membership or Garden Admission
Price includes program, butterfly tags and light refreshments

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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