Beaks and BarksHuntsville BloomsChinese Lantern FestivalPurdy Butterfly HouseScarecrow TrailGalaxy of Lights
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.
March 20 – May 19, 2019
Boasting more than 800 illuminated lantern displays, this festival will provide a stunning visual exhibition of Chinese art and culture. Enter “The Wild,” a world of life-size (sometimes larger than life) illuminated lanterns of wildlife from around the world (and dinosaurs!). Each of the lanterns is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage.
Other festival activities will include Chinese shadow puppetry, live Kung Fu and martial arts performances, and a marketplace featuring authentic Chinese folk arts and crafts.
It’s the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s largest exhibition to date!
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
EVENING HOURS (Wednesday – Sunday Only):
5:30 pm with last admission taken at 9:00 pm
May – September 2019
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.
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.