A Visit to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

by blackspanielgallery

A visit to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is worth the time, even in seasons other than spring.

I have just returned from a few days of visiting Alabama. I was hoping to see fall foliage, a rarity in my area. Indeed, there was some, albeit sporadic.

Our trip was to be based in Birmingham, Alabama, so we could make day trips from there. After visiting two parks on mountains we decided on our last day to go to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

The first surprise was there was no fee to enter. Other gardens I have visited have had a cost to enter.

Photography Is Limited

It is allowed to photograph in the garden, but only using the handheld camera one could carry.  Setting up with a tripod is not allowed, since it impedes others from passing.

The Garden Entrance

We entered a gate and passed a rather large building.  There were small garden beds abutting the building with flowering plants.  Although the weather is just starting to cool, and the days are still reaching temperatures in the eighties, a selection of flowering plants were planted with colorful blooms.  I was surprised at how many flowers were present since it was still so warm in the daytime.

Flower Bed

Garden Near Entrance
Garden Near Entrance

The Central Circular Garden

In the middle of a wide walk was a circular garden.  Flowering plants in several varieties formed well groups of colorful plants around the garden.  In the center were banana trees, or something very close in appearance.  I saw no fruit, only the large leaves.


This is where signs directed visitors to the garden they wished to visit.  There were many, too many to visit in a single visit.


One garden that was right there was a huge rose garden.


Signage directed visitors to such places as the Southern United States garden, a vegetable garden, an herb garden, and a Japanese garden, among others.

Circular Garden

Circular Garden
Circular Garden

Rose Garden

The rose garden was circular and had many walking paths so visitors could get close views.  It seemed that every variety was flowering prolifically at the same time.  One could gaze across the garden and see beds of roses, with adjacent beds having varieties of roses of different colors. 


The size of the rose garden is so great that I took multiple photographs in an attempt to capture most of it.


My eyes were drawn to large, red roses that towered over the others.  I realized varieties of different size plants and flowers populated this garden.

Rose Garden

Rose Garden
Rose Garden
More Roses
More Roses
More Roses
More Roses
More roses
More roses

The Japanese Garden

We walked a wide path some distance and found the Japanese garden.  Trees are the main foliage in this peaceful part of the gardens. 


Being a proper Japanese garden, there was running water cascading over rocks in places.  A coy pond with a bridge for fish watching was also included.  The sounds of birds, scampering squirrels, and moving water added to the serenity.

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden Water
Japanese Garden Water

The Rest

Well, it became lunchtime, so we left.  The rest can be explored on a future visit.


The only problem is the gardens encompass so vast an area that it is unlikely one would visit all of the gardens collected together in a single day.


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Updated: 10/23/2020, blackspanielgallery
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blackspanielgallery on 05/08/2021

Japanese gardens have a unique characteristic, and are designed to provide serenity more so than the average garden.

WriterArtist on 05/08/2021

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens looks huge. The snapshots you have taken captures its beauty. Gardens look different in different seasons. The foliage and flowers change with season. It is interesting to know that part of it houses a Japanese garden. I have always loved Japanese gardens. I am sure Europe and US have some very famous gardens too. With ageing and depleting energy levels, many have similar issues over walking long distances including me. Perhaps younger generation will upkeep the greenery and heritage for a long time.

blackspanielgallery on 10/29/2020

This area has rich French and Spanish history, so I would not notice n influence, just consider it normal. I am unaware of Birmingham's history of settlement.

DerdriuMarriner on 10/29/2020

blackspanielgallery, Thank you for the practical information and product lines.
In particular, the history of the Birmingham botanical gardens sounds like an enchanting purchase.
Were French and Spanish influences not enduring in Alabama? Would a European garden that showcased French and Spanish styles not be crowd-pleasing?

blackspanielgallery on 10/26/2020

My problem is my feet are sensitive due to the chemo. Otherwise, walking is great exercise.

The garden is bear the zoo, and they share a parking lot. Great place for children to be exposed to nature.

frankbeswick on 10/26/2020

I knew that it was Birmingham, Alabama.

I love walking, but my orthopaedic problems still slow me down. But I fight on.

blackspanielgallery on 10/25/2020

It is, but remember this is Birmingham, Alabama, not the one in England. It has a website. I am certain spring would be a better time to visit, but it is worth going even now. The only part I did not enjoy was the amount of walking, which might be a problem for most in our age group. It is a collection of gardens, requiring more time than I had, and is about 7 hours away so I will be awhile before returning.

frankbeswick on 10/25/2020

I had never heard of Birmingham Botanic Garden. It sounds nice.

blackspanielgallery on 10/25/2020

The focus of the Japanese garden was on the trees, with small signs having their names, and the walk through them on well cared for paths. Water features also are important.
Every garden is different, so it is generally worth visiting them.

Mira on 10/25/2020

It looks like a well-tended garden. We have a large botanical garden here in Bucharest as well but half of it is a field with weeds, which is a shame. But I like certain weeds too myself and walking around the perimeter has been interesting. I should go back next spring when the peonies are in bloom. They are spectacular and somehow I haven't seen peonies around in people's front yards in Bucharest.

I really like your pictures with the Japanese garden.

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