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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham , AL

LOCATION

2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham , AL US 35223 (map)

PHONE

205-414-3950

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains 25 unique gardens, 30... Read more
Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains 25 unique gardens, 30 works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths.

The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and over 10,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually.



Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the most visited free attraction in Alabama, is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors. Read less
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Angela Davis-Jones
Wedding:
4/21/2012
3.9/5.0
Great Location. We reserved the Japanese Garden for our wedding. The day before we decided we prefer to have it in the Rose Garden. The staff did everything they could to get us moved and were extremely helpful and pleasant. With the low cost and beautiful setting I could not have asked for a better place to get married.
Great Location. We reserved the Japanese Garden for our wedding. The day before we decided we prefer to have it in the Read more...
Great Location. We reserved the Japanese Garden for our wedding. The day before we decided we prefer to have it in the Rose Garden. The staff did everything they could to get us moved and were extremely helpful and pleasant. With the low cost and beautiful setting I could not have asked for a better place to get married. Read less
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Jennie
Wedding:
3/17/2012
2.6/5.0
We had our reception in the Garden Center, upstairs in the Ireland and East rooms, and it extended out onto the balcony. We worked with Alicia, and she was often very bad at responding to emails or getting in touch. We had a few unwelcome "surprises" from Alicia a few weeks before our wedding, but everything ended up working out for the most part.
The only really negative thing that has stayed with me is the fact that the Gardens booked another wedding reception at the same time as ours in the downstairs portion of the Garden Center. When my guests and I showed up, the parking lot was SLAM full. My guests had to park across the street and walk to get to the reception. All this could have been avoided if Alicia had told us that the times would be overlapping, and we could've changed our event time. I thought it was extremely inconsiderate to not notify us of this in advance.
Overall, the space is agood value, but if I were you, I would try to work with someone other than Alicia.
We had our reception in the Garden Center, upstairs in the Ireland and East rooms, and it extended out onto the balcony. Read more...
We had our reception in the Garden Center, upstairs in the Ireland and East rooms, and it extended out onto the balcony. We worked with Alicia, and she was often very bad at responding to emails or getting in touch. We had a few unwelcome "surprises" from Alicia a few weeks before our wedding, but everything ended up working out for the most part.
The only really negative thing that has stayed with me is the fact that the Gardens booked another wedding reception at the same time as ours in the downstairs portion of the Garden Center. When my guests and I showed up, the parking lot was SLAM full. My guests had to park across the street and walk to get to the reception. All this could have been avoided if Alicia had told us that the times would be overlapping, and we could've changed our event time. I thought it was extremely inconsiderate to not notify us of this in advance.
Overall, the space is agood value, but if I were you, I would try to work with someone other than Alicia. Read less
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Tomo
Wedding:
11/20/2011
3.4/5.0
Birmingham Botanical Gardens was a perfect venue for my garden ceremony and afternoon tea reception.

I booked the Rushton Garden for the ceremony. It was quite- very private. The waterfall created a gorgeous backdrop. They don't set up tables and/or chairs in the Rushton Garden. So if you are interested in using the garden, you will have to set them up yourself.

I also booked the Ireland Room for the reception. The room was a perfect size for my reception (about 35 guests.) The only problem I had with the room was that the glass cabinets were empty on the wedding. They didn't allow us to put our own decorations, so they ended up looking unfinished.

The facility rental fee is unbeatable. They book fast. I would recommend contacting them ASAP.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens was a perfect venue for my garden ceremony and afternoon tea reception.

I booked Read more...
Birmingham Botanical Gardens was a perfect venue for my garden ceremony and afternoon tea reception.

I booked the Rushton Garden for the ceremony. It was quite- very private. The waterfall created a gorgeous backdrop. They don't set up tables and/or chairs in the Rushton Garden. So if you are interested in using the garden, you will have to set them up yourself.

I also booked the Ireland Room for the reception. The room was a perfect size for my reception (about 35 guests.) The only problem I had with the room was that the glass cabinets were empty on the wedding. They didn't allow us to put our own decorations, so they ended up looking unfinished.

The facility rental fee is unbeatable. They book fast. I would recommend contacting them ASAP. Read less
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MrsVR
Wedding:
11/19/2011
2.8/5.0
The location was very convenient however, the professionalism of the event planner could use a lot if improvement.
The location was very convenient however, the professionalism of the event planner could use a lot if improvement.
The location was very convenient however, the professionalism of the event planner could use a lot if improvement. Read less
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Jenn
Wedding:
3/20/2011
3.6/5.0
BBG was a beautiful place for my wedding. You definitely can't beat the price. The only problem is that they don't close off the garden where the event is happening so strangers stop and watch. Overall
It was a good place.
BBG was a beautiful place for my wedding. You definitely can't beat the price. The only problem is that they don't close Read more...
BBG was a beautiful place for my wedding. You definitely can't beat the price. The only problem is that they don't close off the garden where the event is happening so strangers stop and watch. Overall
It was a good place. Read less
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Caroline
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
This is an absolutely gorgeous venue! The staff was incredibly accommodating to help us plan our rehearsal dinner her in the Japanese garden which is gorgeous at sunset/night with the lights. They were more than willing to help with the catering, decorating, seting up and taking down of all items. We LOVE the gardens and also took our engagement photos here!
This is an absolutely gorgeous venue! The staff was incredibly accommodating to help us plan our rehearsal dinner her in Read more...
This is an absolutely gorgeous venue! The staff was incredibly accommodating to help us plan our rehearsal dinner her in the Japanese garden which is gorgeous at sunset/night with the lights. They were more than willing to help with the catering, decorating, seting up and taking down of all items. We LOVE the gardens and also took our engagement photos here! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Rentals & Photobooths, Unique Services
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CharlieDuffield
Wedding:
8/28/2010
4.6/5.0
They just did my reception but I was absolutly breath taking to walk into! the lights where amazing and the whole place smelled magical!
They just did my reception but I was absolutly breath taking to walk into! the lights where amazing and the whole place Read more...
They just did my reception but I was absolutly breath taking to walk into! the lights where amazing and the whole place smelled magical! Read less
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nitallica
Wedding:
10/13/2007
4.8/5.0
We booked the Japanese Garden for our ceremony and I have to say that it was the best deal we could have found anywhere! Although we were not able to book it for our reception as well, it turned out for the best. The only snag was that we had requested the back gate be left open, and when our group arrived, it was locked. One of our party members was able to locate an employee and had it opened for our guests. Other than that small inconvenience, we were absolutely thrilled with the location, service, and pricing. We were lucky enough to have had beautiful weather that day, and I don't think I could have wished for a better day!
We booked the Japanese Garden for our ceremony and I have to say that it was the best deal we could have found anywhere! Read more...
We booked the Japanese Garden for our ceremony and I have to say that it was the best deal we could have found anywhere! Although we were not able to book it for our reception as well, it turned out for the best. The only snag was that we had requested the back gate be left open, and when our group arrived, it was locked. One of our party members was able to locate an employee and had it opened for our guests. Other than that small inconvenience, we were absolutely thrilled with the location, service, and pricing. We were lucky enough to have had beautiful weather that day, and I don't think I could have wished for a better day! Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
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Brittany
Wedding:
5/23/2007
4.8/5.0
From their website:
Explore The Gardens 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. This Birmingham landmark fills 67 acres of one of the most versatile landscapes in the City.

I have visited the Gardens quite often and am always pleasantly surprised by their professional approach to nearly everything. So much attention is paid to the details that it is unfathonable. The value is quite simply the best. To know that you can be wed in the public eye without the restraints generated by that public puts you at ease.
From their website:
Explore The Gardens 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. This Birmingham landmark fills 67 Read more...
From their website:
Explore The Gardens 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. This Birmingham landmark fills 67 acres of one of the most versatile landscapes in the City.

I have visited the Gardens quite often and am always pleasantly surprised by their professional approach to nearly everything. So much attention is paid to the details that it is unfathonable. The value is quite simply the best. To know that you can be wed in the public eye without the restraints generated by that public puts you at ease. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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charley
Wedding:
6/10/2006
5.0/5.0
It was great! We had so much fun and the flowers were in full bloom for our engagement pictures!
It was great! We had so much fun and the flowers were in full bloom for our engagement pictures!
It was great! We had so much fun and the flowers were in full bloom for our engagement pictures! Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
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Allison
Wedding:
4/1/2006
3.7/5.0
The gardens were beautiful, and the reception area (we used the Ireland room) was perfect for our size wedding. The only two issues were there wasnt really a place to change into my dress, and we werent allowed to have a band and our guests had to stand up (we were alloted 5 chairs for the eldery or disabled) - thank goodness our wedding was quick. The staff was friendly though and the flowers were amazing in April!
The gardens were beautiful, and the reception area (we used the Ireland room) was perfect for our size wedding. The only Read more...
The gardens were beautiful, and the reception area (we used the Ireland room) was perfect for our size wedding. The only two issues were there wasnt really a place to change into my dress, and we werent allowed to have a band and our guests had to stand up (we were alloted 5 chairs for the eldery or disabled) - thank goodness our wedding was quick. The staff was friendly though and the flowers were amazing in April! Read less
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