Construction began in 1996, and today the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens features 50 acres of cultivated gardens with plants and trees indigenous to Alabama. There are over 15 specialty gardens: the Demonstration Garden with a working windmill; Butterfly Garden; Azalea, Camilla and Hydrangea Gardens; The Bernice J. Dykes Memorial Garden; Succulent Garden; the Daylily Garden with over 200 cultivars of daylilies; a Rose Garden with more than 400 roses, a Shade Garden and others.
The Southern Heirloom Garden (photo)is a collection of bygone plants that are often overlooked with the arrival of hybridization — poppies, larkspur, old roses and Confederate Jasmine in spring, followed by petunias, zinnias, and Black-eyed Susans and others in summer. Many of the specimens were collected throughout the Southeast from family gardens, old homes and roadsides.
Free of charge and open daily, most gardens are accessible to visitors with disabilities. Group tours are available by reservation.
Location: 5130 Headland Avenue, just off U. S. Highway 431 North. 4 Miles North of Dothan
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