The Purdy Butterfly House, the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house, opens on May 1 and through September is home to 1,500 butterflies, as well as turtles, button quail, frogs, and other critters. A series of butterfly releases are scheduled during the season (see dates below) during which visitors can take part in an environmentally safe restoration of the indoor butterfly population.
Although our winged friends leave in the fall, Garden guests can enjoy the waterfalls, ponds, streams, and lush vegetation of the Butterfly House all year!
2019 Butterfly Releases:
Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day Brunch & Butterfly Release) from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
This class is FREE to everyone, but space is limited.
Taught by Jennifer Davidson.
Learn about locally problematic invasive plant species, how to identify them, and the best methods of control. This workshop provides an ID presentation and hands-on* field experience with knowledgeable staff helping and answering questions.
*Participants should bring gloves and wear long pants and closed toe shoes.
Environmentalism is at the heart of everything Jennifer Davidson does. In high school, she discovered the joy of growing her own vegetables and worked her first summer job here at the Garden. She designed her own interdisciplinary major, Environmental Decision-Making, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and studied tropical biodiversity in Costa Rica and Ecuador. She has worked as a ground worker for an arborist and as a freelance gardener and was selected to be the native plant intern at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. In 2017, she started working at Huntsville Botanical Garden (again!) as a full-time gardener, and in 2018 was promoted to horticulture specialist. She has since earned her pesticide applicator’s license from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and taught a composting class for beginners.
This event is made possible by the Alabama Invasive Plant Council Education and Outreach Grant
The Hosta Society of North Alabama presents Hostas on Parade, a juried show that will be held in the Anderson Education Classroom.
The Leaf Show is a great way for you to recognize a large number of hosta species and cultivar leaves in a small exhibit area. The show also includes a trough/container garden and single specimen plant competitions. You will see examples of some of the best hosta grown in northern Alabama. HSNA members welcome your interest and questions. For information and to enter leaves or plants in the show contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hosta Show is accredited by THE AMERICAN HOSTA SOCIETY.
Huntsville is one of 67 communities in Alabama to host Making Alabama and the Huntsville Botanical Garden is proud to offer a venue to share our state’s rich history with you!
Celebrating 200 Years
This free exhibit is a celebration of 200 years of statehood presented by the Alabama Humanities Foundation in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. The exhibit showcases the decisions and turning points that shaped Alabama history, culture, and geography through artistic interactive displays and teaching resources.
More bicentennial events at the Garden:
Sweet Homegrown Alabama
- Test your knowledge with our state flora and fauna scavenger hunt
- View a replica of George Washington Carver’s Jesup Wagon
- Learn about heirloom plants and traditional crops in the Children’s Garden, Herb Garden, and Demonstration Vegetable Garden
- June 11: Valerie Pope Burnes, co-author of Visions of the Black Belt: A Cultural Survey of the Heart of Alabama
- June 18: Dr. James Pate, editor of The Annotated Pickett’s History of Alabama, and Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, from the Earliest Period
- July 18: Frances Robb, author of Shot in Alabama: A History of Photography, 1839–1941, and a List of Photographers
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. Don’t forget your cameras – These photo opportunities are not to be missed!
Butterfly Releases take place at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. To register, please select the date and time you wish to participate from the list below:
Register for May 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Register for May 4 at 1:00 p.m.
Register for June 8 at 10:00 a.m.
Register for June 8 at 1:00 p.m.
Register for July 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Register for July 13 at 1:00 p.m.