Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open!
A cherished place of respite and inspiration for more than 55 years, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, and we look forward to your visit. Fall/winter hours (Nov. 1–March 13) are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing. Face masks are required when interacting with others in the Gardens and for entering the Garden Center. For more information and guidelines for visiting safely, click here. We hope to see you soon at the Gardens!

Member-Exclusive Holiday Storytime

Member-Exclusive Holiday Storytime

Celebrating National Poinsettia Day and Featuring The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

Free for members of the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Led by Carol Haygood

Saturday, December 12 | 2-3 p.m.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Open to all ages!

In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao—flower of the Holy Night. At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars lighting up the countryside. This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl’s unselfish gift. Beloved Newbery Medal-winning author and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Tomie dePaola has embraced the legend using his own special feeling for Christmas. His glorious paintings capture not only the brilliant colors of Mexico and its art but also the excitement of the children preparing for Christmas and the hope of Lucida, who comes to see what makes a gift truly beautiful. [© 2020 Penguin Random House]

Members of the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens at the Family level and above are invited to join storyteller Carol Haygood in the Gardens for a reading of this cultural classic and receive a commemorative book for your family library. This storytime will take place outdoors in a special spot in the Gardens. Registration is limited to 15 member families, so reserve your spot today!


In accordance with the statewide mask mandate, all participants in any outdoor programs will be required to maintain a minimum distance of six feet from any person from another household whenever possible, all participants over the age of six will be required to wear masks (subject to exceptions outlined by the mandate), and masks will be encouraged for participants under the age of six if possible.

Refunds (minus a $15 processing fee) will be given for Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens programs priced at $25 or more if notification is made at least 10 business days prior to class start date. (You are always welcome to send another person under your registration if you cannot attend.) Transfers may be made to programs of equal value at no additional fee. We reserve the right to cancel classes due to lack of participation or other unforeseen circumstances. Please note that programs are held rain or shine; in extreme weather conditions, programs may be canceled for your safety and the safety of staff and volunteers. If we cancel a program for any of these reasons, we will issue a full refund.