We’ve been cooped up for a while now, and one of the worst parts of that means not getting to fully enjoy the beauty of spring. Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of the most stunning spots in the state, and it’s especially glorious this time of year. We teamed up to bring you a virtual tour through the Gardens that will hopefully provide a much-needed mental break. Join us, Birmingham!
Be a Friend
Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of our wonderful local nonprofits that brings good to the Magic City. This vital organization is dedicated to serving the Gardens, their visitors and our community as well as inspiring a passion for plants, gardens and the environment.
Although the Gardens are closed due to COVID-19, you can still show support—and your support is vital now more than ever. They’re even offering an exclusive discount right now. Get 10% off new memberships through May 31 with discount code SPRING2020 at this link.
Want to learn more about being a Friend? You can read all about the membership levels, benefits and more here. Now on to the tour!
Stop #1—Front Entrance (Welcome!)
What you’ll see: Daffodils
- What we love about it: As daytime temps warm and the season takes hold, hundreds of daffodils bloom throughout the Gardens. These beauties naturalize in your garden and are equally happy in sun or part shade.
- Where to find it: Gardens’ front entrance + Abroms Rhododendron Species Garden
Stop #2—Japanese Garden
What you’ll see: Cherry blossom
- What we love about it: In Japan, the delicate blossoms serve as a reminder of the beauty and transient nature of life, and as a symbol of spring.
- Where to find it: Japanese Garden
Chinese snowball viburnum (Viburnum macrocephalum)
- What we love about it: It’s a true show stopper! Don’t be fooled—this shrub’s hydrangea-like blooms, which resemble balls of snow, make for a beautiful backdrop in your mid-spring garden.
- Where to find it: Japanese Garden
Stop #3—Kaul Wildflower Garden
What you’ll see: Piedmont azalea (Rhododendron canescens)
- What we love about it: One of our first native azaleas to bloom in spring. You might smell its sweet, lemony perfume before you see its soft pink blooms.
- Where to find it: Main entrance to the Kaul Wildflower Garden, across from the gazebo.
Stop #4—Bog Garden
What you’ll see: Woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata)
- What we love about it: Found in partially shaded woodland gardens and meadows, this beautiful blue wildflower billows out, offering nectar to swallowtails, painted ladies, and other butterflies.
- Where to find it: Bog Garden + Kaul Wildflower Garden
Stop #5—Southern Living Garden
What you’ll see: Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
- What we love about it: In Birmingham, this wildflower’s foliage sticks around all winter and then sends up a flower stalk filled with dainty, red and yellow blooms—a favorite of hummingbirds. Allow the blooms to go to seed and they will readily self-sow into the woodland floor.
- Where to find it: Southern Living Garden + Kaul Wildflower Garden
English wood hyacinth, or Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica)
- What we love about it: While many bulbs require sun, this bee-friendly, deer-resistant bulb prefers shade. The sweet-smelling, pastel flowers add fragrance and a lovely splash of color to the garden.
- Where to find it: Southern Living Garden
Not Ready for the Walk to End?
I know the feeling. Find even more great content on the Friends’ new Youtube channel where you can find even more highlights of the BBG’s springtime treasures, as well as educational content for the whole family to enjoy.
Support the beauty and mission of the Gardens by becoming a member of the Friends today (don’t forget to use code SPRING2020 for 10% off!), or give a gift by visiting their website.