Your gifts can bring good to a Birmingham treasure—here’s how.


Give the gift of the Gardens this holiday season. Photos via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This holiday season, do some good with your gift-giving! Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is open sunrise to sunset every day of the year, is a local treasure. Here are 3 ways you can give the gift of the Gardens this year.

1. Give Memberships

The Gardens are full of magic year-round. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Memberships to Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens make the perfect gift for friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors. Membership gives you special access and discounts to select classes, events, and children’s summer camps, as well as reciprocal admission at over 300 botanical gardens across North America.

Members also receive:

  • Exclusive new member gift
  • Free plant as part of the Friends’ Fall Plant Sale member plant giveaway
  • Admission to the Friends’ Spring Plant Sale members-only presale
  • General weekend pass to Antiques at the Gardens
  • 10% discount at Leaf & Petal at the Gardens and the Gardens Café by Kathy G
  • Subscription to the Friends’ quarterly newsletter, The Garden Dirt
  • And more
The poinsettia tree in the Gardens’ iconic Conservatory is a holiday favorite. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The real value, however, lies in what your membership makes possible. Impactful educational programs and operational support help carry out the mission to protect, nurture, and share the wonders of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Memberships start at just $25—check them out.

2. Honor Loved Ones with Tribute Gifts

The holidays are the perfect time to show the people in your life how much they mean to you. Tribute gifts are a great way to do this. Celebrate friends and family by making an honorarium or memorial gift to the Friends.

A special card will be sent to the honoree or family representative. All gifts are welcome; naming opportunities are available.

Contact the Friends’ Development team at (205) 414-3950 to talk about special gifts.

3. Shop Stocking Stuffers and More

Christmas Decorations
Leaf & Petal at the Gardens has stocking stuffers galore. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Stop by soon to enjoy the colors of the holiday season and a scrumptious lunch at the Gardens Café by Kathy G. Then check off a few items on your gift (or wish) list.

Members of the Friends receive 10% off purchases at the café and 10% off regularly priced merchandise at the shop with membership card.

  • Leaf & Petal at the Gardens is open 9:30AM to 5:30PM Monday–Saturday, and 11AM to 4PM Sunday (Extended Holiday Hours)
  • The Gardens Café is open 11AM to 2PM Tuesday–Friday

This Season’s Top Sellers

Old World Santa, $49

Old World Santa is one of the many holiday collections that Leaf & Petal at the Gardens offers. These decorations and gifts are sure to bring the holiday spirit into your home.

Shoulder Bag, $129

The newest addition to Leaf & Petal at the Gardens—handsome handmade leather bags, backpacks, and totes will only continue to look better through years of use. 

Red Truck Ornament, $39

The shop offers selections on everything from ornaments to tabletop decor to wreaths—so you’re sure to have your every hall decked.

Mark Edge Earrings, $98

Mark Edge is just one of the talented artists you’ll find at Leaf & Petal at the Gardens. Sensible, stylish, and one-of-a-few jewelry pieces will make the perfect gift for someone on your holiday list.

Your Gifts Help Keep the Gardens Growing

Your membership in—and gifts to—the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens help support all kinds of programs and initiatives.

Impactful Internships

Jessica Willaims is one of many fantastic interns and volunteers. Photos via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Your support allows for great student interns like Alabama A&M University senior Jessica Williams, who assisted with education and interpretive signs and studied stormwater management.

Feast for the Eyes (and Bees)

Bees and flowers
Swamp sunflowers (Helianthus angustifolius) are a fall favorite in the Kaul Wildflower Garden. Photos via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Your support ensures that BBG’s 24+ gardens shine year-round, for all guests. Donor gifts help plant hundreds of trees, shrubs, and perennials.

Growing Green Thumbs

Here campers enjoy a stroll through the bean arbor in the Bruno Vegetable Garden. Photos via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Your membership and gifts help inspire a passion for plants, gardens, and the environment by supporting hands-on educational programs such as BBG’s Summer Garden Chefs camp.

Long Life

Your support cultivates resources for much-needed projects such as the recent dredging of Long Life Lake in the Japanese Garden. Photos via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Partnering with two local companies, the Friends removed 150 cubic yards of silt in 2019 to restore the lake’s shoreline and original rock features.

Happy holidays and happy giving, Birmingham! Be sure to let us know how you’re giving good by tagging us on social @BhamNow

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  • A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.