Huntsville Botanical Garden
The Huntsville Botanical Garden is a 112 acres (453,000 m²) botanical garden located at 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, Alabama, near the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. It is open year-round for a fee. The garden is fifth on the list of Alabama's top paid tourist attractions, receiving 307,985 visitors in 2008.
The gardens include a seasonal butterfly house, and aquatic, annual, daylily, fern, herb, perennial, rose, and wildflower gardens, as well as a nature path and collection of Flowering Dogwood trees. Specific sections of the garden are as follows:
- Nature center - overlooks Little Smith Lake, houses the open-aired butterfly house, open May through September
- Biblical garden, featuring plants mentioned in the Bible
- Central Corridor - with perennial garden, aquatic garden, and bulb and annual garden.
- Daylily Garden - over 675 cultivars of daylilies.
- Dogwood Trail - numerous Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) trees, including a hundred year old dogwood transplanted to the site, along a forest path.
- Fern Glade - almost 170 species of ferns, including Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), Northern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum), Southern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris), Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis), Royal Fern (Osmunda spectabilis), and Cinnamon Fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum).
- Herb Garden - 14 theme gardens and a cottage.
- Nature Trail - paths through an indigenous southeastern lowland forest, with Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), Red Maple (Acer rubrum), Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), and Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) trees, and undergrowth including Sweet William (Phlox divaricata), Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea), Bellflower (Campanula americana), and Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta).
- Vegetable Garden - four model gardens for the home gardener.
- Doyle, Steve (27 January 2010), "Space Center, garden tram gets green light", The Huntsville Times (Huntsville)
- Huntsville Botanical Garden - official site
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