Upcoming Events


The events listed on this page may be presented in part by partners of The Gardens. Contact information or links may direct you to organizations other than Birmingham Botanical Gardens.



Rain Barrel Workshop

Saturday, July 25

9:30 - noon

Listen and Learn (DIY Instructions provided): $5

As-is barrel with lid (no holes, no parts, no insect screen for top): $25

Ready to install barrel with lid: $50

Pre-registration required. Contact Annette Drummonds at annette.drummonds@auburn.edu or 205.879.6964 x. 10.



Fresh Air Family: Gross Out Camps

$200 members (Gardens, FAF), $225 non-members
Hours: 9am-5pm. Before and after care $25.


Sign up now for award-winning Gross Out Camp. Join expert naturalists as we explore the best of the worst earth has to offer. All in a safe atmosphere, we will see reptiles, macroinvertebrates, bugs, stinky plants and more. Activities include hikes, creek stomping, crafts, journaling, and live animal demonstrations with birds and snakes!

          Grades 1-4                     Grades 5-7                            Grades 1-7
           June 1-5                           July 20-24                              June 8-12
           June 15-19                       June 29-July 3
           July 6-10
           July 13-17
           July 27-31

To register, please go to www.GrossOutCamp.org
or email Amanda@FreshaAirFamily.org or call 205.335.3483
Find out more about camps and 400 free family events at


Birmingham Butterfly Education and Awareness Day

June 13, 10-2 p.m.


In cooperation with Birmingham Zoo, Ruffner Mountain, Alabama Wildlife Center and McWane Science Center, Birmingham Botanical Gardens presents Birmingham’s Butterfly Education and Awareness Day on June 13. Each year, the Association for Butterflies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of butterflies through conservation, research and promotion of butterfly gardening and butterfly farmers, celebrates Butterfly Education Awareness Day on the first Saturday of June. This year, four of Birmingham’s most recognizable cultural institutions have chosen the second weekend of the month to bring the same celebration to the Magic City as part of The Gardens’ “Get Into The Gardens” series. The Gardens will also be joined by its friends at Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Native Plant Group at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

The event will be held at The Gardens from 10 – 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Birmingham Zoo will host children’s activities from 10 – 2 p.m., with butterfly releases scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. McWane Science Center will also host children’s activities from 10 – 2 p.m. and Fresh Air Family will host “Hikes for Tykes,” a walk led by Verna Gates focusing on butterfly lore, legend and stories based on Monarch butterflies. The hike, designed for pre-school children and their parents, will begin at 10 a.m. There will also be native plants available for purchase. Sara Bright and Paulette Ogard, co-authors of Butterflies of Alabama: Glimpses Into Their Lives, will also present a family oriented slide presentation on native butterflies and how they can be protected.