Garden Getaway: Aldridge Gardens

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Aldridge Gardens with Bridge Aldridge Gardens is a public 32-acre woodland botanical garden featuring a dazzling display of native and non-native plants with an emphasis on hydrangeas, camellias, native azaleas and Japanese maples. The Gardens is the former home of Kay and Eddie Aldridge, and a fitting tribute to the Aldridge family whose name has become synonymous with hydrangeas. The Aldridges patented the “Snowflake” Oakleaf Hydrangea in 1971, so named because its intricate flowers look like magnified snowflakes. The Snowflake is the signature plant of Aldridge Gardens as well as the official flower of the City of Hoover.

Aldridge Gardens Entrance PlazaAldridge Gardens features a 5-acre lake and over ½ mile of walking paths and trails, with a vast majority being accessible, that winds past an open-air pavilion, a boathouse with an accessible floating dock where you can feed our fish and turtles, sculptures and numerous picnic tables, benches and patios. In addition to our stunning plant displays, we have a world class Bonsai collection, a Veteran’s Memorial Arbor, demonstration apiaries (bee hives) and a Children’s Field Trip Garden. We are also a rental venue for weddings, family gatherings and parties, corporate meetings, receptions, birthday parties, etc. All areas of our Garden are family friendly.

Aldridge Gardens also hosts a variety of family friendly classes and events yearly, including Summer Camps, Bird Walks, pop-up classes and in October, our signature event: Taste of Hoover. Many of our events and classes are free to members. Please visit our website,, for a schedule of our upcoming events including Taste of Hoover on October 6 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Aldridge Gardens is a facility of the City of Hoover and is open to the public daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (seasonally). We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There is no admission charge (special events excluded). †

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