Huntsville Botanical Garden

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United States of America - Alabama - Huntsville

Institution Code: HUNTS

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

ArbNet Accredited: Level II

About the Huntsville Botanical Garden

In this dynamic young garden you will find inviting woodland paths, stunning floral collections and exhibits to delight visitors of all ages.

Paths meander through the shady woodlands of the Dogwood Trail and the lush fern glade, while native wildflowers quietly populate the Nature Trail. Daylily and herb gardens rival or surpass those of older, more mature botanical gardens. The demonstration vegetable garden showcases varieties of produce and inspires home gardeners.

The 5-acre Central Corridor Gardens, featuring aquatic, perennial, and annual displays are ablaze with color from early spring through fall. The Garden of Hope celebrates life and affords a place for quiet contemplation and observation of nature.

Main Address:
Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Alabama 35805 United States of America

Telephone: (256) 830-4447
Fax: (256) 830-5314
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Sue Wagner, President/CEO
    Curator's Name: Matthew Candeias, Curator of Living Collections
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Katherine Sklaver, Plant Recorder
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 17
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 9

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1988
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 14 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 40 Hectares
  • Total Area: 54 Hectares
    Latitude: 34.7128520
    Longitude: -86.6356770
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Local Address: 4747 Bob Wallace Ave
  • Locality: City: Huntsville
  • Locality: State: Alabama

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 300000
    Number of Volunteers: 1800

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 4466
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 18366
  • Special Collections:Top 5 Families (in order): Ericaceae, Hydrangeaceae, Asphodelaceae, Melanthiaceae, Cupressaceae
    Top 5 Genera (in order): Rhododendron, Hydrangea, Hemerocallis, Trillium, Ilex
    Number of Unique Taxa of Conservation Value: 131
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes