Self-Guided Tours: Tour the Garden at your own pace. Maps are provided to guide you throughout the 112 acres.
Docent-Guided Tours: Experienced and friendly docents lead your group through the Garden. With in-depth knowledge of the Garden and its history, as well as specific training in giving guided tours, our docents provide a unique and memorable experience.
To schedule a Group Tour please call (256) 830-4447 ext. 223 or email Monica Gilstrap at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To schedule an Educational Group Tour/Field Trip please call (256) 830-4447 ext. 253 or email Misty Hertzig at email@example.com
Groups consist of 10 or more guests in order to qualify for the group rate. Reservations are required and may be made by phone, fax or email. Tour operator and drivers are complimentary. Packages must be paid in full by ONE form of payment upon arrival. Shuttles are available upon request and require reservations two weeks in advance. Seating is limited, and if all guests require shuttle service, there may be multiple tours. Nearly the entire Garden is handicap accessible. Wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis and are free to use.
Or, let us create a special tour just for your group.
Group tour rates subject to change.
Group Tour packages must be paid in full at time of arrival by one payment method (i.e.; one check). Lunches will be served in the Grisham Pavilion (April through October) unless otherwise noted. For special dietary needs, please notify our office at least one week in advance. Final count and meal selections are due one week before the scheduled visit. Tour company escorts and drivers will receive complementary tours only. Shuttles are available and require reservations two weeks in advance. Seating is limited and if all guests require shuttle service, there may be multiple tours. Last-minute guest additions are welcomed.
We accept MasterCard, Visa, checks, and cash.
Tours can be held rain or shine.
Group Rates: $9.00 per person. State tax (9 percent) is not included in price and must be added.
*No additional discounts, coupons, or Huntsville Botanical Garden passes can be combined with group rates.
Galaxy of Lights-Bus Tour
Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. If you would like to bring a bus through the event, please feel free to call and discuss it with our Visitor Service office.
Start your tour with a short video, then head through the Garden with your docent to learn about what plants attract butterflies and how to maintain them. End your tour with our 9,000 square foot Purdy Butterfly House and its inhabitants. (This tour is available during butterfly season, May-September).
Have you ever gazed in wonder at the perfect V-formation of a migrating bird flock? Delighted in the morning birdsong of spring? If you have, maybe it’s time to get to know birds a little better. Book a birding tour and enjoy the Garden and its birds with your docent. Check out the Shoppe at the Garden for some great birding books as well.
There is always “Something Growing On” at the Garden, but here are a few of the “don’t miss” things to see:
January / February: During Beaks & Barks (mid-January through February) bring your pooch in to see the “bones” of the Garden and beautiful, ornamental grasses.
March: As wildflowers are beginning to emerge, take a look at our trillium collection. We have trilliums from almost every state.
April: Huntsville Blooms takes place this month, along with the annual spring plant sale (please call for dates). Our Bush Azalea Trail is breathtaking with over 3,000 native azaleas and hydrangeas.
May: The Garden boasts the largest seasonal butterfly house of its kind on site and will be filled with native butterflies beginning this month. Enjoy the tranquility of our Damson Aquatic Garden and Fern Glade.
June: Our Van Valkenburgh Daylily Garden boasts over 800 cultivars of hemerocallis. Father’s Day weekend is our Daylily Festival and our Daylily sale is the 3rd weekend of September. Our Dogwood Trail is a great place to cool off.
July / August: Butterflies continue to delight our visitors throughout the summer and each Wednesday, June through July from 12-1 pm, bring the kids for Wacky Wednesday. Participate in a fun craft and enjoy our kid friendly attractions.
September / October: The Purdy Butterfly House winds down by the end of September, but our Scarecrow Trail runs through October 31st. Wild, wacky, weird and wonderful, the scarecrows and a weekend hayride provide great fall fun.
November / December: Experience the magic of the holidays with a drive through our 2 mile Galaxy of Lights – our annual light display featuring over 150 hand-crafted displays.