One visit to Birmingham, Alabama is all it takes to know that this is a city defined by its wonderful surroundings. Tree lined streets, wonderful architecture, an abundance of southern charm all combine to make it one of the South’s most picturesque cities. There is no better time to enjoy living in Birmingham than the spring! Flowers literally burst from the soil in a frenetic race to bask in the sun.
That said, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens have become the picture postcard for colorful flowers that put Crayola Crayons to shame in their wide variety of colors and shades. This 67 acre paradise is not so much a garden patch as it is a living museum with more than 10,000 different plants interspersed in 25 themed areas.
Add to the natural beauty the abundance of sunny, warm weather, more than 30 classic outdoor sculptures and enough walking trails to put the most avid walker to the test and you have the recipe for a memorable experience reminiscent of the Garden of Eden.
If you need a break from all the sunshine, take a few minutes and check out the horticulture library. It is the largest in the United States and can provide you with all the information you need to create your own garden paradise at home. There are also a number of conservatories, a wild flower garden, two rose gardens and Japanese gardens complete with a customary tea house.
It’s really little wonder that the Birmingham Botanical Gardens are Alabama’s most visited attractions. More than 330,000 people visit each year. Of course it helps that the gardens are free. So, if you are looking for something special to do in Birmingham this April, come witness the gardens burst forth into colorful blooms. It’s just one more thing that makes life in Birmingham a uniquely southern experience.
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