Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, every day of the week. Fall/winter hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (November 7–March 12). Please note that the City of Birmingham requires face coverings inside City-owned buildings and venues, including the Garden Center and other indoor facilities at the Gardens, effective July 29, 2021. For more information and guidelines for visiting, please click here. We look forward to your visit!

Programs for Girl Scouts

 Meet The Gardens: A Treasure Map


Our backpack programs are currently on hiatus as we revamp our programming for the upcoming school year. You are more than welcome to visit The Gardens on your own for a self-guided summer tour. Please visit to download Meet The Gardens: A Treasure Map, your guide to discover highlights of our living collection. Designed for all ages to enjoy. Great for children’s groups and families. Based on Alabama Course of Study, Science. Monday-Sunday | Free

Girl Scouts can earn badges on their visit to The Gardens! Leaders check out a Discovery Backpack to guide scouts on a garden exploration following Meet The Gardens: A Treasure Map while earning badges through activities based on Journeys requirements for Girl Scouts.

Backpacks include a troop leader's guide and materials to complete requirements on site. Birmingham Botanical Gardens patches are available. Available Monday - Friday, 3- 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 - noon and 1 - 3 p.m. and Sunday, 2 - 4 p.m. There is no fee. Call 205.414.3953 to reserve your backpack.

Based on Journeys requirements for Girls Scouts

  • Daisy (K - 1st) Discovery Backpack: Earn requirements toward Journeys Awards: The Amazing Daisy Award, The Golden Honeybee Award and The Watering Can Award
  • Brownie (2nd - 3rd) Discovery Backpack: Bugs Badge
  • Junior (4th - 5th) Discovery Backpack: Flower Badge, Gardener Badge
  • Cadette (6th - 8th) Discovery Backpack: Trees Badge

Click image below to download the treasure map.