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Aldridge Gardens, Hoover

4.6
#33 of 96 in Parks in Alabama
Garden Nature / Park
Among the walking trail and six-acre lake, visitors find beauty, tranquility and nature and art in balance.

Founded by nurseryman Eddie Aldridge, the Gardens feature many varieties of hydrangeas, camellias and other native Alabama plants. The signature flower is the Snowflake Hydrangea patented by Eddie Aldridge and brought to national prominence.

With many beautiful locations to choose from, Aldridge Gardens is an ideal venue for outdoor weddings and other private events.

Through all seasons, the Gardens offers classes, concerts, art shows and exhibits, children's camps and other special events.
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  • A gorgeous, peaceful place to walk while enjoying the numerous plantings and the cool breezes coming off the lake.  more »
  • Really gorgeous gardens, accessible trails, all in the middle of the city. Once you're inside, it's hard to recall that you're in the middle of a major city next to one of the nation's busiest interst...  more »
  • Took 2 little girls here for a picnic - after walking around a little we found a picnic table near the lake - had our lunch and went to feed turtles/fish. Be sure to get your food in the gift shop - p...  more »
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  • The Aldridge Gardens is a great little spot to visit. I came in for a business trip and had an afternoon to myself. I was looking for something affordable and enjoyable to do and I stumbled upon the gardens. I spent an hour or so (I got there at five and they close at six) enjoying walking the trails. There are plenty of wildlife to spot and hydrangeas to marvel at. If you like walking/hiking in woodsy areas, this is a great spot to visit!
  • Very Nice Garden! The gardens were great and on some levels better than the other garden in Birmingham. We enjoyed the geese, the ducks, turtles and fish. It was quiet and peaceful and we would love to come back and visit again. The only negative was the "Event Staff" member that stopped me at the gate on my way out. He told me I was not allowed to take pictures unless I paid $30. I explained that I was only taking candid landscapes and was not planning on doing anything with them - he stressed again that I needed to pay and wanted me to go with him to the gate and get the forms. On the way there we met two others entering the gardens with cameras and he told them the same thing - they left. When we reached the gate there was a sign that said it was free to take pics. The only reference was to a fee for formal settings. Other than that it was a great place and I would highly recommend to anyone
  • Beautiful scenery that's a short drive from downtown Birmingham. Easy stroll with nice gardens and the opportunity to see turtles, fish, ducks, and various birds. Nice for all ages. Consider bringing a picnic.
  • Beautiful gardens. Easy hiking trail. Free during certain hours. Great place to play Pokemon, as well, if that's your thing.
  • I LOVE THIS PLACE THE PEACE OF GOD IS THERE. YOU INSTANTLY FELL BETTER WHEN YOU WALK PAST THE GATE LOVE MR. & MRS. ALDRIDGE TOO!

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