Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, every day of the week. Spring/summer hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (through November 6). In light of the increased number of Covid-19 cases in Birmingham and Alabama, the City of Birmingham has implemented an ordinance requiring 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!

Internship Program

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers a variety of internship opportunities to college and high school students throughout the year. The purpose is to expose young people to the possibilities of rewarding professional careers in public gardens.

Native Plant Internship 2021

2020 Native Plant Intern Phillip Barlow

The Native Plant Internship, originally funded by the Little Garden Club, began in the summer of 2014. The internship is open to a rising junior or senior attending a four-year college or university full-time or to a recent graduate of a two or four-year college. Preference will be given to students majoring in horticulture, landscape design, landscape architecture, biology, botany, ecology, plant science, and environmental science or a closely related discipline, as determined by the director of education. Unable to accept applications from international students at this time. 

Our 2021 Native Plant Internship has now been filled. Please check back for other opportunities in 2022. Thank you for your interest!

Rotary Club of Shades Valley Internship 2021

2020 Rotary Club of Shades Valley Intern Katie Stahlhut

The Rotary Club of Shades Valley Summer Internship is awarded annually to one college student. The internship is open to a rising junior or senior attending a four-year college or university in Alabama full-time or to a recent graduate (within the last 12 months) of a two or four-year college in Alabama. It is also open to Alabama residents attending colleges outside the state.

Accepting Applications through April 16, 2021!


Click on the logo below to read about the partnership between Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Rotary Club of Shades Valley.

High School Internship Program

2019-20 High School Intern Ann Inskeep

One high school student is awarded an unpaid summer internship to work with other interns for a portion of the summer. The high school summer internship is open to a rising junior or senior or to a recent (within the last 12 months) high school graduate. The internship is not paid, but is offered to provide experience and direction to a young person interested in a profession in or related to plant sciences.

Additional internships may be arranged by special requests from colleges, universities and high schools. In the summer of 2013, for example, an internship was funded by Birmingham-Southern College (BSC), with funding matched by private sources, for a student enrolled in BSC’s Urban Environmental Studies program. During the fall semester of 2013, three high school students from the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School completed their weekly community service requirements by working in the pathology lab, the greenhouses, and the education facilities of the Gardens.

Please send requests for more information to Brooke McMinn, Director of Education and Visitor Experience with the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens at [email protected] or 205.533.7486.