Aldridge Botanical Gardens

Home > Visitors > Hoover Attractions > Aldridge Gardens Aldridge Gardens Aldridge Gardens, the former estate of Eddie and Kay Aldridge who owned Aldridge Garden Shop and Nurseries, is a beautiful 30-acre site showcasing hydrangeas and picturesque gardens. Now open to the public, the property is located on the corner of Lorna Road and Rocky Ridge Ranch Road. For more information, visit the Aldridge Gardens website. Opened June 1, 2002, Aldridge Gardens is one of only very few botanical gardens that specialize in hydrangeas. About the Aldridge Family Eddie Aldridge and his wife Kay owned and lived on the 30-acres for many years before they conveyed it to City of Hoover. After decades of serving the community as the owner of Aldridge Nursery, Eddie Aldridge speaks to various groups about his favorite plant almost every week. Aldridge discovered and patented many different varieties of hydrangeas and he and his wife gave 30 acres of prime property in Hoover so visitors could enjoy the hydrangeas in native and nonnative varieties. Snowflake Hydrangeas Aldridge, a noted nurseryman, had specialized in hydrangeas and he and his father Loren, for whom the Gardens are named, discovered the Snowflake and planted hundreds on the property. It is now the trademark flower for Aldridge Gardens, a serene escape in the bustling and growing City of Hoover. Other Plants & Features A number of other types of plants, trees, and flowers can be seen at Aldridge Gardens year-round. The first of several water features at Aldridge Gardens is Kay’s the Woodland Stream that flows through the Shade Garden into the peaceful and placid five-acre lake. Aldridge Gardens’ is used for weddings, corporate meetings, and parties. For more information, call the Gardens at 205-682-8019. Annual memberships and tours are available. order+=’ModuleContentn’
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Aldridge Botanical Gardens

Home > Visitors > Hoover Attractions > Aldridge Gardens Aldridge Gardens Aldridge Gardens, the former estate of Eddie and Kay Aldridge who owned Aldridge Garden Shop and Nurseries, is a beautiful 30-acre site showcasing hydrangeas and picturesque gardens. Now open to the public, the property is located on the corner of Lorna Road and Rocky Ridge Ranch Road. For more information, visit the Aldridge Gardens website. Opened June 1, 2002, Aldridge Gardens is one of only very few botanical gardens that specialize in hydrangeas. About the Aldridge Family Eddie Aldridge and his wife Kay owned and lived on the 30-acres for many years before they conveyed it to City of Hoover. After decades of serving the community as the owner of Aldridge Nursery, Eddie Aldridge speaks to various groups about his favorite plant almost every week. Aldridge discovered and patented many different varieties of hydrangeas and he and his wife gave 30 acres of prime property in Hoover so visitors could enjoy the hydrangeas in native and nonnative varieties. Snowflake Hydrangeas Aldridge, a noted nurseryman, had specialized in hydrangeas and he and his father Loren, for whom the Gardens are named, discovered the Snowflake and planted hundreds on the property. It is now the trademark flower for Aldridge Gardens, a serene escape in the bustling and growing City of Hoover. Other Plants & Features A number of other types of plants, trees, and flowers can be seen at Aldridge Gardens year-round. The first of several water features at Aldridge Gardens is Kay’s the Woodland Stream that flows through the Shade Garden into the peaceful and placid five-acre lake. Aldridge Gardens’ is used for weddings, corporate meetings, and parties. For more information, call the Gardens at 205-682-8019. Annual memberships and tours are available.
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Aldridge Botanical Gardens

Aldridge Gardens Aldridge Gardens, the former estate of Eddie and Kay Aldridge who owned Aldridge Garden Shop and Nurseries, is a beautiful 30-acre site showcasing hydrangeas and picturesque gardens. Now open to the public, the property is located on the corner of Lorna Road and Rocky Ridge Ranch Road. For more information, visit the Aldridge Gardens website. Opened June 1, 2002, Aldridge Gardens is one of only very few botanical gardens that specialize in hydrangeas. About the Aldridge Family Eddie Aldridge and his wife Kay owned and lived on the 30-acres for many years before they conveyed it to City of Hoover. After decades of serving the community as the owner of Aldridge Nursery, Eddie Aldridge speaks to various groups about his favorite plant almost every week. Aldridge discovered and patented many different varieties of hydrangeas and he and his wife gave 30 acres of prime property in Hoover so visitors could enjoy the hydrangeas in native and nonnative varieties. Snowflake Hydrangeas Aldridge, a noted nurseryman, had specialized in hydrangeas and he and his father Loren, for whom the Gardens are named, discovered the Snowflake and planted hundreds on the property. It is now the trademark flower for Aldridge Gardens, a serene escape in the bustling and growing City of Hoover. Other Plants & Features A number of other types of plants, trees, and flowers can be seen at Aldridge Gardens year-round. The first of several water features at Aldridge Gardens is Kay’s the Woodland Stream that flows through the Shade Garden into the peaceful and placid five-acre lake. Aldridge Gardens’ is used for weddings, corporate meetings, and parties. For more information, call the Gardens at 205-682-8019. Annual memberships and tours are available.
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Aldridge Botanical Gardens

Two local botanical gardens are among five others from across the state included in the new “Alabama Garden Trail” brochure produced by the Alabama Tourism Department. The 15-page brochure includes Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Aldridge Gardens in Hoover. “Birmingham Botanical Gardens is proud to be included in the new Garden Trail Brochure,” said Andrew Krebbs, Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Director of Marketing and Membership. “Public Gardens play an important role in educating our communities about the importance of plants and taking care of our environment.” Krebbs said Alabama is the fifth-highest in biodiversity of all other states. ” a number we should be very proud of and working hard to protect,” he said. “We are very fortunate to have seven beautiful public gardens in our state. We should spend more time visiting them and sharing them with others.” The others included are Huntsville Botanical Garden, Jasmine Hill Gardens in Wetumpka, Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, Mobile Botanical Gardens and Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore. The brochure’s companion website, www.alabamagardentrail.com, features “don’t miss” highlights for each of the gardens, upcoming events and a collection of road trip guides to nearby attractions. “Alabama is blessed to have so many spectacular gardens for visitors to enjoy,” said state tourism director Lee Sentell. “Spring is the perfect time to get out and experience these wonderful natural attractions.”
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Aldridge Botanical Gardens

(Alabama Tourism Department) Two local botanical gardens are among five others from across the state included in the new “Alabama Garden Trail” brochure produced by the Alabama Tourism Department. The 15-page brochure includes Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Aldridge Gardens in Hoover. “Birmingham Botanical Gardens is proud to be included in the new Garden Trail Brochure,” said Andrew Krebbs, Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Director of Marketing and Membership. “Public Gardens play an important role in educating our communities about the importance of plants and taking care of our environment.” Krebbs said Alabama is the fifth-highest in biodiversity of all other states. ” a number we should be very proud of and working hard to protect,” he said. “We are very fortunate to have seven beautiful public gardens in our state. We should spend more time visiting them and sharing them with others.” The others included are Huntsville Botanical Garden, Jasmine Hill Gardens in Wetumpka, Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, Mobile Botanical Gardens and Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore. The brochure’s companion website, www.alabamagardentrail.com, features “don’t miss” highlights for each of the gardens, upcoming events and a collection of road trip guides to nearby attractions. “Alabama is blessed to have so many spectacular gardens for visitors to enjoy,” said state tourism director Lee Sentell. “Spring is the perfect time to get out and experience these wonderful natural attractions.” The Alabama Garden Trail brochure is available at the eight state welcome centers, the garden trail site locations, local tourism bureaus and online at www.alabama.travel.
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Aldridge Botanical Gardens

Local nurseryman Eddie Aldridge purchased the property from the Coxe family in 1977 as a residence. Aldridge, who along with his father, Loren L. Aldridge, found and patented Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’, a double-flowering form of Oakleaf Hydrangea. In 1997 the gardens were conveyed to the City of Hoover and formally dedicated to the public. The site is now managed by a non-profit organization. A new master plan was approved in 1997 to guide the future development of the gardens.
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Aldridge Botanical Gardens

If you are looking for a place to get away for a walk or a nice spot to read in the sun, Aldridge Gardens is the place to go. Especially if you happen to live in the Hoover area. Although I'm not a Hoover resident, I make the trek because it's worth it. Aldridge Gardens is the hidden park gem of Birmingham- it is FREE, boasts the largest hydrangea collection in the state, a lake with an adorable boathouse, and plenty of walking trails. They even have a teaching area and a secret spot where fairies live (seriously- enter the gate, then follow the trail up to the right and around the lake- you can find the houses where the fairies live). If I was babysitting some cute elementary school aged kiddos, I'd take them here to see the geese, burn off some steam, and then have a little picnic in the grass in front of the (real) house on the property. If you have the time, make it out to Aldridge to see a little slice of calm in a very busy area. fun facts: this used to be a purely residential property, but was then opened to the public; this is a somewhat popular wedding venue which they've upgraded by building an impressive pavilion to the left when you enter the gate

Aldridge Botanical Gardens

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