We grow our community, enhance our region and celebrate our state:

  • Admission is always free.
  • Gardens open 365 days a year, dawn to dusk.
  • Alabama's largest living museum.
  • Largest public horticultural library in the US; public computers; free wi-fi; open 7 days a week.
  • Our special events generate excitement, captivate families and inform the public.
  • We provide the most beautiful outdoor location in the city.
  • Native plant collections celebrate Alabama's biodiversity, 4th highest in the US.

We nurture curiosity and expand knowledge:

  • Educational and environmental mission inspires lifelong learners.
  • Programs and workshops for children and adults (from amateur to professional).
  • 98% of children attend free, hands-on, science curriculum-based programs (20011-12 academic year).
  • Plant Information Center and Regional Horticulture Hotline managed by Alabama Cooperative Extension System experts and Master Gardeners.
  • Beauty of plants and the art of the garden soothe, stimulate and inspire.

We engage diverse partners and collaborate widely:

  • Birmingham City, Jefferson County and other local schools.
  • Alabama A&M, UAB, Auburn, Jacksonville State and Samford Universities.
  • Allied Groups: Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama, Fresh Air Family, Slow Food and more.
  • Relationships with Government of Japan, Sister and Friendship Cities.
  • SE US native plant exploration and conservation programs with botanical institution partners.
  • Support for international plant exploration in Brazil, Thailand, Viet Nam, China, India.

We promote health and provide hope:

  • Plant Adventures programs offered free for people of all abilities.
  • Food from Bruno Vegetable Garden feeds Birmingham's hungriest through Magic City Harvest.
  • Miles of safe, serene paths and trails for walking and jogging.
  • Contact with gardens and nature lowers heart rates and blood pressure.
  • Programs promote sustainability and environmental stewardship.
  • USDA plant conservation site.

We Impact Economic Development:

  • Non-profit Arts and Cultural Institutions in Birmingham generate $136 million in local economic impact; add greatly to quality of life.1
  • Gardening is the #1 hobby in America, generating $33.5 billion nationwide.2
  • The "Green Industry" in Alabama generates over $2.9 billion in economic impact.2

1 Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences in Jefferson County, Alabama: 2009, Americans for the Arts
2 National Gardening Association: 2011
3 Alabama Nursery & Landscape, 2009

 

PLANTS ARE NOT AN OPTION; THEY ARE A NECESSITY.