Yesterday I did not fit all of our photos on just one blog post, so today is part 2 of the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. Nature is a place I can relax so I tend to take a ton of photos so these two posts are just a glimpse into the photos I took while at the gardens. At the end, I will give you our review and visiting information. (Please note all photos have been compressed to fit within size requirements of uploading.)
Butterfly Garden Partially Indoors.
How was your virtual tour? Did you enjoy the sights? Genki Husband and I had a delightful time in Huntsville, Alabama. It is a place never of us have visited but wanted to due to the fact the NASA US Space and Rocket Center is located in this city. It has been on our bucket list for a few years now. It was a calming trip full of adventure packed fun in just three days. Our only real complaint is the rain, we did not order it but it still came anyways. The roads down there are not built for large sums of rain at once (no arch in the design for drainage) so when it does rain there, the roads get flooded within minutes. If possible, plan your trip there when no rain is predicted.
We actually had planned on going to the gardens the day before after our trip to the Space and Rocket Center but it had rained so hard we decided against it. It was uncertain if the gardens were going to be open while raining but we found out the next day it is open. So if you are pressed for time and want to visit, it is still open. As we were instructed by the friendly staff members, there are stations throughout the tiny gardens to keep dry. We took along our umbrella and did not have any problems. There was one little girl that planned ahead and wore her swimming suit – not sure if we can all do this but it was perfect for a young one. But definitely take your umbrella as there are only a few spots to hide under and everyone else will be taking advantage of the shelters too. Please make note the butterfly garden inside is not really inside, it is open to the elements to there is not really much shelter. We had to hide in the small cave when the rain really hit.
Our overall impression over the Huntsville Botanical Garden was mixed. The gardens do have some good reviews online by a handful of people but I believe these people are not tourists of gardens. We have visited gardens all around the world and have seen good and bad. While this botanical garden is a nice option for locals, I probably would not recommend it. That is, unless you have children… I say this because it appears the gardens were made for two things (besides making money): 1. Children since most of the gardens are made for kids to run around and play. 2. Events such as weddings. We felt very out of place walking around since it felt like someone’s back garden. I kept felling as though I was walking on my grandmothers property in Michigan as the flowers were almost all the same and not in large quantities. This is probably a different feeling from someone from a large city unlike the country as I grew up in while in the North. Additionally, children were running around and it was hard to get a moment of silence from them. Remember this was a very rainy day too so I can not imagine it on a sunny day.
So for a recommendation, I would only do so for families with children that want to spend a few hours playing around the gardens. There are hoses all around the walking paths so I would not suggest it for individuals that have walking issues or are a bit unsteady. Another point to mention is the price of the tickets are $12 for adults older than 18 years of age. That was $24 for two hours for us, part of that was due to hiding from the rain.