I have a field trip list that has been in my head for the almost 2 years we have been back in Alabama. Finally, I am able to cross one of those field trips off.
If you have any reason for traveling through the Birmingham area, I highly recommend that you stop and walk through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Oh, the gorgeousness is almost overwhelming. Seriously. To top it off, the parking and admission are free! We are talking a day that included three of my favorite words: free, fabulous, and FUN!
We spent 4 1/2 hours there, and while we did get to every garden, we did not get to explore every winding trail, hidden nook, and tucked-away treasure in all of them. I guess we will just have to go back! *grin*
The rose garden is breathtaking.
My favorite flower, a yellow rose.
I just love the texture of the old vines on this tree.
Everywhere you look the azaleas are in their full glory. So many colors…
Olivia (7) and Hannah (9) and their silly selves.
There are trickling steams and gurgling waterfalls all through the fern gardens. All that was missing was a hammock strung loosely between two trees.
Every turn holds a new view of yet another stunning azalea.
Each garden has some variety of water feature. This little pond is hidden at a point where two trails meet in the middle of a woodland. Can you spot the giant pinecone?
Hannah (9), Olivia (7), Emily Grace (11), Susannah (5), and Layla (2).
This is just one of the ponds in the Japanese gardens.
Our little Ms. Dimples is always stylin’.
The talon-like thorns on this tree are both beautiful and menacing. You cannot help but touch it.
Statues, waves of blooms, and little ponds…
The spring flowers put on a beautiful show.
I am already planning a trip back to see the summer flowers when they make their grand entrance. I noticed lily plants popping up everywhere!
All for God’s glory,
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