Birmingham Botanical Gardens is gearing up to welcome you back

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Smiling faces all around, because we get to go back to the Gardens! Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

We’ve got some seriously good news to share. Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be reopening on Monday, June 15 and we can’t wait. Find all you need to know here, including updated hours, safety precautions, etc. We’ll see you there!

We’ve Missed You, BBG

Debatably the most stunning spot in Bham. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a true local treasure. Every year, the Gardens bring visitors to our Magic City from all over the world. The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens has stayed as busy as ever while the Gardens have been closed due to COVID-19.

In April, when the Gardens were blooming in their full glory, we teamed up to take everyone holed up in their homes on a virtual journey. This walk through the Gardens let us all feel like we were right there in the thick of it.

The Friends also launched a new Youtube channel this year. It’s already stocked with educational videos, entertainment and more; it’s perfect for all ages and skill levels. Find some of our favorites here.

As a community staple and a cherished place of respite for more than 55 years, the closing of the Gardens, while necessary, was felt far and wide.

The Ordinance Update

Calling all parents! This is the perfect opportunity for those cooped-up kiddos. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The wait is finally over. The Birmingham Park & Recreation Board announced that the Gardens will open to the public following the City of Birmingham’s latest ordinance.

Entertainment centers of all kinds got the green light to welcome patrons back in, and we’ll definitely be one of the first to show our support for the Botanical Gardens.

Hooray for Opening Day!

I’ve missed these beautiful blooms and know you have too. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Gardens will officially open to the public on Monday, June 15. They’re also sporting updated hours. From June 15 through June 30, the Gardens will be open from 7AM to 6PM every day of the week.

Access will be limited to the front entrance gates. Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing. However, with 67.5 acres to explore, staying 6 feet apart should be a walk in the park—er, Gardens.

Face masks are required when interacting with others in the Gardens and for entering the Garden Center. The Garden Center will be open 8AM to 5PM Monday-Friday.

As always, admission + parking are free!

Looking Ahead

Ready, set, plant! Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens generally stays open from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. The Birmingham Park & Recreation Board will reassess the Gardens’ hours on July 1.

In the meantime, don’t forget that it’s more important than ever to show your support for our Birmingham community. Become a member of the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens today for only $50/year! That’s less than $5 a month. Skip one coffee; be a part of a mission that matters.

Members also enjoy all kinds of benefits such as:

  • Access to exclusive members-only classes
  • Priority registration for special events
  • 10% off at Leaf & Petal at the Gardens, the Gardens Cafe by Kathy G, and at participating nurseries, garden centers and flower shops
  • Plus a whole lot more
  • Read more about the benefits here.

Stay safe and enjoy one of our favorite havens in the Magic City. We’ll see you on Monday, Bham!

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Beth Cunningham
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.
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