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Fern Glade

Underneath the shade of towering trees and along a trickling hillside creek grows the Fern Glade.

Look Closely

What appears as a sea of lush green will, upon closer examination, open up into a world of endless variations of textures, hues, and shapes of our nationally recognized fern collection. As an official test site for the Hardy Fern Foundation, this glade not only displays species of ferns that grow well in Birmingham but also actively tests new ferns for their adaptability to our climate under the care of the Birmingham Fern Society. 


Explore this garden along winding paths. Take a seat on a shady bench. Soak in panoramic views of the glade from the top of the wooden boardwalk. Or join our resident Dreamer in relishing the cool of this serene space.