Huntsville
85°
broken clouds
humidity: 59%
wind: 3mph NE
H 86 • L 85

Things To Do


  • Fall Plant Sale 2022
  • Nature Academy
  • Daylily Sale 2022
  • Festifall 2022
  • Garden Soiree 2022
  • In Full Swing
  • Tweetsville
  • Butterfly Release
  • Dog Nights
  • Peak Butterfly Season
  • The Golden Hour
  • Stickwork roly-poly
  • 2022 Family Campout

Open year-round, the Huntsville Botanical Garden contains diverse ecosystems to explore within its 118 acres. From grassy meadows to woodland paths, aquatic habitats to stunning floral collections, the Garden invites guests of all ages to discover the beauty and wonder of the natural environment. Stroll along the nature trails while admiring collections of Alabama’s native plants. Play freely in the Children’s Garden after encountering the fluttering butterflies in the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house. Find serenity in the cool shade of the trees, surrounded by the sounds of nature. With additional events, exhibits, and programs throughout the year, the Garden is a source of plant conservation, education, and celebration for all.

Stickwork

Tucked away in the Garden and built from locally sourced sapling branches, the giant sculpture will twist and turn to create an interactive installation for visitors to explore freely. Like a portal to another world, Stickwork will offer guests of all ages a chance to play, imagine, and find inspiration in nature.

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In Full Swing

Featuring over 40 swings in nine areas throughout the Garden, In Full Swing is an invitation to slow down, relax, and find joy in nature this summer. From porch swings to hammocks to swings the size of a twin bed, each area offers a new way to experience some of the Garden’s best views. Join us to kick up your feet and rediscover one of the simple joys of the summer, surrounded by the beauty of the Garden in bloom.

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The Golden Hour

Illuminated by the warm glow of the setting sun, the Golden Hour invites you to unwind and enjoy the Garden’s natural beauty in a new light. On Wednesdays in May through August, we welcome you to explore our 118 acres with food, drinks, and live music, enjoying an elevated evening experience whether you are strolling along our nature trails or lounging in the grass. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, spread out with friends, and make new memories together, rain or shine!

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Family Campout

New to camping? Don’t feel like traveling far to spend a relaxing evening outdoors? Join us for our Garden campout! We will have a hot dog dinner, s’mores to roast over the fire, a story at bedtime, and a chance to experience the Garden on a guided night hike. 

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Dog Nights at the Garden

Enjoy the Garden with your four-legged friend! Every Monday night from 5:00 p.m. to close, dogs are welcome in the Garden. Bring your canine companion along to explore our dedicated pet-friendly paths and spend time in nature with your loved ones, tails and all!

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Adult Education

The Garden provides a variety of opportunities for adults to expand their knowledge of plants and their place in nature.  From Bird walks, to virtual series, to hands-on classes, there are Adult Education classes for every interest.

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Garden Soirée

The Garden Soirée is an enchanting evening of philanthropy outside at the Garden, featuring cocktails, a three-course dinner by James Boyce, and a live auction. Guests enjoy a night of natural elegance, all to benefit the mission activities of the Garden.

Reserve your place at the Garden Soirée today!

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Butterfly Release

Guests of all ages will enjoy sharing in the magic of safely releasing live butterflies into the Purdy Butterfly House. This program begins with a brief presentation about butterflies and their habitat, followed by taking part in the safe restoration of our indoor butterfly population.

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Member Exclusive: Early Morning Access

The Garden grounds will open early for members every Thursday in June through August, giving you an opportunity to enjoy the Garden before it opens to the public and beat the heat.
No reservation is required. We hope you will join us!

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Festifall

It’s harvest time, and nothing says FALL quite like Festifall at the Garden! Our two-month celebration of the changing seasons features pumpkins, scarecrows, campouts, nature hikes, and more. As the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to change color, there’s no better place to connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of autumn.

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Nature Academy

Nature Academy provides hands-on science classes at the Garden to enrich STEM learning for students in grades K-8. Classes are new and improved every year, and registration is open to all homeschool, public school, and private school students in the area.

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Peak Butterfly Season

The Purdy Butterfly House is a must-see in May through September! Peak Butterfly Season is the best time of year to visit the fluttering butterflies in the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house. This immersive habitat is home to over 1,000 brightly-colored native butterflies.

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Event Calendar

Peruse our calendar by using the categories to find perfect activities for families, adults, or kids.

Our Garden

Our 112-acre garden is open year-round and contains a diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, wetlands, and a variety of specialty gardens and native plant collections.

Garden Map

A map of our Garden that you can print off or view from your phone.


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