Monday, March 23, 2009

Dothan Area Botanical Gardens - Dothan, Alabama

There is nothing so Southern as the sight of azaleas and dogwoods in bloom and right now is a wonderful time to see them at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens in Dothan, Alabama.

Located on Headland Highway off U.S. 431 North in Dothan, these gardens may well be the finest botanical gardens in a small city in the United States. Covering more than fifty acres, they feature fifteen different gardens that range from the Azalea Garden to a Rose Garden featuring more than 200 rose bushes.

The Azalea Garden is now at full bloom and presents a spectacular variety of varieties and colors.
Fans of Southern history will also enjoy the Southern Heritage Garden, which is dedicated to preserving seeds and plants of traditional Southern varieties, many of which have nearly vanished. Samples were brought in from across the Southeast with varieties being collected from historic home sites, roadsides and traditional family gardens.

The gardens also feature winding paths, water features, a Demonstration Garden where visitors can see fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs grown by some of the finest gardeners in the South, a Wedding Garden and more. The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens are open 7-7 this time of year (7-5 during the winter) and are free to visit, although donations are encouraged.

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