January 12 – February 28, 2019
Bring your canine companions to the Garden to shake off the winter doldrums and enjoy a stroll through the grounds or a game of fetch in the no-leash zone. Dogs are welcome every day during Beaks & Barks!
If you’re a birding enthusiast, this is an excellent time of year to grab your binoculars and head outdoors. The Garden is considered a birding hotspot by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and its Lewis Birding Trail features a rich diversity of local and migrating birds. Mark your calendars: We’ll be participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count February 15-18, 2019 and you should too!
Mid-March 2019 – April 2019
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. The Bush Azalea Trail, with over 3,000 varieties of azaleas, is a must-see.
We hope you’ll join us for favorite spring events, such as Night of 1000 Flowers, the region’s largest plant sale, and Bunny Bonanza. Plant walks, classes for adults and children, and homeschool programs add to the fun.
May – September 2019
The Purdy Butterfly House, the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house, opens on May 1 and through September is home to over 3,000 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.
September – October 2019
Nothing says family fun like fall at the Huntsville Botanical Garden! In addition to our ever-popular Scarecrow Trail, we’ve got weekend hayrides, a corn maze, Scarecrow Trail night hikes, BOOtanica, and lots of other fun ways to celebrate the season. Bring your camera to capture the beauty of autumn in the Garden and don’t forget to visit the Pumpkin Display for a family photo!
November – December 2018
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.