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Plant Collections

Collections in the Garden are divided into two categories: 1) Display Collections and 2) Botanical Collections.

The Display Collections consist of the following:

  • The Four Seasons Display Gardens are maintained as a midsouth landscape display with emphasis on perennials.
  • The Four Seasons Display Gardens are maintained as a midsouth landscape display with emphasis on annuals.
  • The Butterfly Garden is a display garden for various pollinators (including hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects).
  • The Dogwood Trail is maintained as a woodland environment for both native and exotic plants.
  • The Herb Garden is a display garden of Hosta species and hybrids.
  • The Mathews Nature Trail is maintained as a collection of Alabama Wildflowers with emphasis on ecologically similar environments (Tennessee Valley or midsouth region).
  • The Holmes Trillium Garden is a display garden of Trillium species
  • The Bush Azalea Trail is maintained as a woodland environment for both native and exotic azaleas.
  • The Daylily Garden is a display collection of mainly hybrid Hemerocallis.

  • The Botanical Collections consist of those species and hybrids suitable for the North Alabama environment of the following genera:
  • Magnolia
  • Hydrangea
  • Cornus
  • Ilex
  • Acer, with emphasis on Japanese species and hybrids
  • Lagerstroemia
  • Bulb collection with emphasis on Amaryllidaceae and including Narcissus, Crinum and Lycoris
  • Rhododendron, with an emphasis on native azaleas and their hybrids
  • Trillium
  • Camellias
  • Hexastylis

These are distributed throughout the site, if appropriate and consistent with overall Garden design.