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Seasonal Festivals

Purdy Butterfly HouseScarecrow TrailGalaxy of Lights

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Purdy Butterfly House

Monday, May 1 – Saturday, September 30 2017


This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna.
The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House.
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September 1 – October 31 2017

Scarecrows  |  Hay-bales  | Sorghum Maze  |  Weekend Hayrides | Pumpkin Patch | Gilded Gourds

The Scarecrow Trail is free with Garden Admission or Membership

The Scarecrow Festival at the Garden is a favorite fall event. The popular Scarecrow Trail is visited by over 60,000 guests each year. Join in the fun with your school, church or company.

Any family friendly Scarecrow is welcome. We supply Scarecrow frames to help you with your creation. The Garden has limited large round hay bales to decorate, so get your entries in early.

Scarecrow applications should be turned in by August 18’th will installation scheduling the weeks of August 21’st and August 28’th.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of the Scarecrow Trail and the excitement!

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Hay-bale – Sold Out! 
Pay for your Scarecrow/Haybale

Prizes will be awarded for:
1st place Scarecrow – $250
2nd place Scarecrow – $100
3rd place Scarecrow – $50
1st Place Haybale Art – $100

Voting begins Labor Day weekend and continues through the end of September.

Hayrides will be every Saturday from 1-4 and Sunday from 1-4

The Pumpkin Patch offers a wonderful backdrop for your fall family photos on our vintage tractor and unique pumpkin displays.  It’s the perfect spot to catch the weekend hayrides around the Garden. A wonderful new addition to the Scarecrow Trail, our Gilded Gourd display! Lots of creative artists and lots of gourds!

Bring your cameras so you can capture them in the beauty of the autumn garden. Cast your vote for your favorite scarecrow during the month of September. Pick up voting forms in the Guest Center.

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Galaxy of Lights

 November – December 2017

9421323737_6057c04a93_hGalaxy 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.

Dog Nights: 
Monday, Nov 13 & Monday, Nov 20 | 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Walking/Dog Nights:
Friday, Nov 10 – Tuesday, Nov 14 | 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Nov 16 – Tuesday, Nov 21 | 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Thank you to our 2017 sponsors, McCurdy Animal Hospital and Hollywood Feed!
Driving Nights:
*Friday, November 24 – Sunday, December 31 | 5:30-9:00 p.m.
*Galaxy is closed on Thanksgiving and Nov. 28 & 29 for Galaxy Runs 
Tickets can be purchased in advance online (at a later date) or at the Admission desk in the Guest Center Atrium lobby.
Passenger Car – Driving Nights
$25/car (up to 10 people)
Vans & Tours Buses – Driving Nights
$25 for up to 10 people/ $3 for each additional person
(Tour bus driver is free)

Many nights are discounted to $20. Our busier nights are $25 if purchased in the driving line (example: December 24th).

We accept donations of coats, gloves, blankets and canned goods for the less fortunate.
We give $1 off the driving night gate price of admission with any donation.

Special discounts are only allowed at the gate. Any ticket purchased in advance (online at a later date or at the Admission desk in the Guest Center Atrium lobby) will NOT receive any other discounts. Please note: Admission fees may be changed without notice.

Beaks & Barks

 January 2018 – February 2018


Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden.

For the birding enthusiasts, you’ll be able to explore the Lewis Birding Trail, included on the North Alabama Birding Trail. The Garden is a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own!beaks-and-barks-sponsors-transparent

For the “Barks” part of Beaks & Barks, bring your favorite four-legged friend to the Garden each day to stretch your legs and theirs and play some fetch in our “No Leash Zone.” Your dog can play there off-leash with his pals while you make friends with other pet parents. Then you both can enjoy the Garden while strolling, on-leash, on the pet paths.

Garden membership or admission for humans + $1 per dog or $10 PawPass for the season for your four-legged friends.

Huntsville Blooms

March 2018 –  April 2018


Our beautiful outdoor spaces take center stage during March and April. Spring-blooming trees, shrubs, and perennials are highlighted by colorful bulbs and special flowering displays.

We hope you’ll join us for favorite spring events, such as Night of 1000 Flowers, Spring Plant Sale, and Bunny Bonanza. Plant walks, classes for adults and children, and home school programs add to the fun.

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