Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, every day of the week. Spring/summer hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (March 13–November 5). Please note that face coverings are optional inside City of Birmingham-owned buildings and venues, including the Garden Center and other indoor facilities at the Gardens, effective March 1, 2022. For more information and guidelines for visiting, please click here. We look forward to your visit!

Gardening Education Resources

Interested in learning (or teaching your children or grandchildren) more about home gardening? The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens' Education and Visitor Experience team recommends these great resources by respected organizations from across the country. Click on the idea that interests you to visit the web page.

Idea Organization Audience Notes
Lawn and garden tips and articles Alabama Cooperative Extension System adults  
Plant science infographic fact sheets* US Botanic Garden all Simple, easy to use for almost anyone.
Record observations of plant and animal phenology across the U.S.* USA National Phenology Network all Appropriate for scientists and non-scientists, adults and students alike.
Planning and planting a victory garden National Garden Bureau adults  
Creating a sustainable home landscape United States Botanic Garden/Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center adults  
Outdoor classroom activities & lesson plans Alabama Wildlife Federation teachers, parents  
Time-lapsed videos of plant growth Seed Your Future all  
Plant-based digital learning lessons and activities BLOOM! teachers, parents  
Fast facts, fun quizzes, videos, infographics, and more all about horticulture BLOOM! kids Director of Education and Visitor Experience Brooke McMinn's favorite resource for students to use on their own!
Garden-based educational resources, activities, advice, and other helpful tips Kids Gardening teachers, parents  
Environmental education activity guides, toolkits, and citizen science projects National Environmental Education Foundation teachers, parents  
Hands-on, interactive lessons in exploring the natural world NatureBridge teachers, parents  

* denotes Spanish-language options