This is one of my favorites spots to walk, relax, and just take in the beauty.
Every time I go there is a wedding taking place and the view is just beautiful.
The pond is nice to walk around and if you want you can stop and feed the ducks and turtles.
They have nice & clean restrooms if you need.
They accept donations at the front entrance.
Review by PhilipMilburn5 months ago
Beautiful, serene surroundings... my son's Celebration of Life was held here, and he would have been so pleased. He always loved nature, and being outside, so this was the perfect place. Thank you for making it so peaceful.
Review by KLani7 months ago
Great park right off Lorna Rd in Hoover, AL. The path around the lake is .51 of a mile, so 2 circuits is just over a mile. Lots of shady spots. Bee houses, flowering plants. Floating dock, fish and turtles in the lake.
Review by Jimpaul Baobaid11 months ago
We hosted my daughter's Bridesmaid Brunch at the Home at Aldridge Gardens. It was beyond anything we could have dreamed.....it was just perfect in every way!! It was so warm and intimate and offered plenty of room for everyone to mingle and enjoy the morning. Amanda was such a pleasure to work with and was so supportive of our event and was truly interested in everything that we planned. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Absolutely nothing negative at all. It was so fun to take photos after the brunch in the glorious gardens as well. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would!! WONDERFUL!!!!
Review by HeXiangHui1 year ago
Photographers beware!! Unlike the lovely Birmingham Botanical Gardens, this place charges photographers to shoot here. I had no idea. I met a family for a shoot and, to my dismay, there was a wedding going on at 4:00 on a Friday afternoon that half the park was shut off for. Then, when my clients got there & I was frantically looking for a decent location, since the wedding was taking up the best ones, I was approached by a young employee of the park asking if I was a photographer and did I have an appointment because photographers have to pay a fee to shoot there and then he said the park was closing in 30 minutes anyway. I've had friends that had family photo shoots here in the past & had no problem. I will never set foot in this place again. And anyway, there are snakes galore in the summer, which is why I had avoided it until November. Plenty of other places around town to shoot.
Review by Chesterman Beroske1 year ago
This place is one of the most quaint, beautiful, & peaceful gardens I've ever been to. I used to take my two daughters there when we lived in Hoover. My youngest cannot remember it but my oldest does. We always saw the biggest turtles!
A lovely garden to take a stroll or even a date to. Absolutely recommended!
Review by Shakida Kegowicz1 year ago
Great garden. Great views. Definitely worth checking out. Ducks by the water. Green and serene.
Review by BrendaRubi Stollgb1 year ago
Was able to enjoy the grounds during a wedding held at Aldridge Gardens. If the humidity wasn't so dang high, it would have been the perfect evening. This has been on of the better wedding venues I have visited this year as they have their act together!
Review by LetBe Cobaxin2 years ago
Very Nice Garden!
The gardens were great and on some levels better than the other garden in Birmingham. We enjoyed the geese, the ducks, turtles and fish. It was quiet and peaceful and we would love to come back and visit again.
The only negative was the "Event Staff" member that stopped me at the gate on my way out. He told me I was not allowed to take pictures unless I paid $30. I explained that I was only taking candid landscapes and was not planning on doing anything with them - he stressed again that I needed to pay and wanted me to go with him to the gate and get the forms. On the way there we met two others entering the gardens with cameras and he told them the same thing - they left. When we reached the gate there was a sign that said it was free to take pics. The only reference was to a fee for formal settings, so he explained that he was new and did not know all the regulations.
Other than that it was a great place and I would highly recommend to anyone
Review by BWoods Dhat2 years ago
What a beautiful place for an evening stroll! I used to frequent this place several years ago but went back for the first time yesterday, after moving back to Birmingham. It looks even better than it did several years ago. We came yesterday afternoon just to explore and walk around a little bit and were very pleased with the beauty of this place. We did the 0.5 mile trail around the lake a couple of times, which was paved in some parts and more woodsy/natural in others. It was an easy walk with the stroller. There were other little off paths from the trail that we didn't explore but look forward to checking out next time.
This place is super close by and we look forward to coming back again soon - would be a great place for a little picnic!
Review by Princell2 years ago
Beautiful garden. Very good for an evening walk. Such a peaceful place with a nice lake. We just walked around and enjoyed nature.
Review by Makalyn3 years ago
Pros: Very nice walk around a small lake and wooded area. There are a couple of little walkway bridges which are neat.
Cons: I don't recommend taking small children. There is a large number of geese/ducks that are a little aggressive with begging and competing for food. One of them pecked me from behind when I was feeding the ones in the water.
Review by DrtPDlrs Sacko3 years ago
Out of the many places I've been in Birmingham to have to say this is one of the ones that surprised me the most! (In a good way) I have passed this place almost everyday when I am in Birmingham and never thought to actually pull in the parking lot to see it. The only thing that I don't like is that it took me so long to realize what a beautiful place was behind those Gates.
Upon arriving you'll find their own parking lot and a small office gazebo, typically it has someone in there. You will notice surrounding that there are plenty of Flyers about events happening in the gardens....
Prepare to be amazed!!!.... there are many different kinds of walking trails. Currently, they are doing some construction on their Bridge and that path is closed. I love to see a place like this obviously being well maintained so I don't mind that there is construction currently because there are plenty of other paths to walk and or jog.
One of the things that stand out to me about this place is the water stream that they have flowing throughout the different paths. They are like little mini waterfalls super beautiful. They also have a covered area perfect for large gatherings,of which I cannot wait to use. I wish I could write more about this place but this is something that one must at least go one time time and experience the overall Beauty and feel of this place
Review by Abang Albusmait3 years ago
I've lived in Birmingham all of my life and have just recently discovered his garden. I am blown away by the landscapes, sculptures, and natural beauty tucked in the middle of a busy town. This is a beautiful venue for several occasions.
Review by Kyrri Sardarzehi3 years ago
What an amazingly beautiful place. It is hard to imagine this was someone's private residence! Walking trails both in the woods and paved around the main grounds. Pound area with a neat boat house where you can feed the fish and turtles. You will need more then 1 trip to explore all the trails. A unique treasure exclusive to Hoover. Don't miss out.
Review by Sandirasegaran4 years ago
So beautiful here. I enjoyed the Aldridge Gardens much better than the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The property is beautiful and peaceful. The lake is lovely. Very easy to walk around. Everything well maintained. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Aldridge in the gift shop, a wonderful gentleman who is happy to speak to visitors.
Admission is free, donations appreciated. You can have events here and during my visit they were setting up for a wedding that looked like it would be lovely. You can become a member for a reasonable fee and are welcome to bring your dog and fish in the lake during special membership times.
Review by Bafford4 years ago
Once I found Aldridge Gardens, I became a member and stopped walking around Star Lake. Aldridge gardens is a series of walking, not running, trails. If you want to run you'll have to find another place. These gardens are absolutely beautiful and Robert Wolff, the main caretaker of the gardens, has and continues to do an excellent job at keeping the place looking gorgeous. This place is known for their multiple varieties of hydrangeas. I've even taken a class there on propagating certain varieties. They are opened until 4 to the public but members can walk from 5-dark(7ish). Also there are special days members can fish. Next out of town guest will be taken here as a treat. If you've never been you should definitely go. There's plenty of free parking.
Review by Brok4 years ago
The weather is really nice . We went there week ago
and it was a very beautiful and romantic time for me and my fiance . We really enjoyed that time walking around taking pictures of ducks , and trees .
If you ever been to Birmingham i advice you to stop there and see the place
Review by Entopia Mudakuvaka5 years ago
The weather was nice. It's a nice place to walk and enjoy nature. This was my 1st visit and there was a wedding as well as families taking pictures for different occasions (graduation, grandkids, and familiy fall pictures) I really enjoyed it, but it would have been nice if I was walking with a friend.
Review by Tsalianis Derrow5 years ago
We spent about 1 1/2 hours there this morning and it's a lovely & tranquil place. The land (30 acres) and a (small) house were donated by Mr. & Mrs. Aldridge and it's now a non-profit. There's a dedicated group of volunteers, including those who staff the gift shop. We had a very pleasant conversation with the couple who worked in the shop today (although the shop is tiny and we didn't see anything of interest).
There were several women (singly) walking around the grounds who probably go walking there regularly - all of whom greeted us as they passed us - and later we saw a large group of adorable kindergartners who were very excited to be there.
In mentioning the dedication of the volunteers, I'd like to highlight the work of an Eagle Scout who built a beautiful/lengthy/intricate series of (wooden) steps leading down a slope. That was truly "a labor of love". Lastly; although admission to the gardens is free, it costs money to do maintenance/etc. There's a small donation box by the exit....
Review by Jalel6 years ago
A friend of mine lives like a minute away from Aldridge Gardens, and therefore I've passed it a billion zillion times but have never actually ventured inside. Today I actually managed to get inside the gardens, and I was very glad that I finally did.
Free attractions are always great in my book. I walked in through the gates, and I noticed right away that there were signs up for a wedding later in the day. The pavilion was set up for a reception, and there was an arch right by the lake/pond. So if you're looking for a wedding venue, Aldridge Gardens seems to be a hotspot.
For lovers of hydrangeas, Aldridge Gardens has your number.* There were all sorts of 'em all over the place. There was also a nursery where you could buy plants if you have a green thumb. It's pleasant to leisurely stroll about and enjoy the landscape. It was hot though. If you take the path around the lake, look out for the man carved out of a tree trunk. I loved how many of the plants and trees were labelled so that you could know what they were.
Tip 1: For the general public, the grounds close at 4 PM. Members can stay until 7 PM.
*Tip 2: If you grow hydrangeas, there's even an FAQ you can submit a question to! http://aldridgegardens.com/nature/askabouthydgrangeas/hydrangea_q_and_a.html
Review by Nissan7 years ago
Attended a rehearsal dinner party here tonight. The grounds are immaculate, and really a beautiful walk to the garden house where the dinner was held. Catered with down home delicious southern food, it was a cozy, romantic setting for a group of about 70. Nice enough weather to go outside to enjoy a drink or stay inside at a candlelit table. Perfect setting.
Review by Kahni7 years ago
If you are looking for a place to get away for a walk or a nice spot to read in the sun, Aldridge Gardens is the place to go. Especially if you happen to live in the Hoover area. Although I'm not a Hoover resident, I make the trek because it's worth it.
Aldridge Gardens is the hidden park gem of Birmingham- it is FREE, boasts the largest hydrangea collection in the state, a lake with an adorable boathouse, and plenty of walking trails. They even have a teaching area and a secret spot where fairies live (seriously- enter the gate, then follow the trail up to the right and around the lake- you can find the houses where the fairies live).
If I was babysitting some cute elementary school aged kiddos, I'd take them here to see the geese, burn off some steam, and then have a little picnic in the grass in front of the (real) house on the property. If you have the time, make it out to Aldridge to see a little slice of calm in a very busy area.
fun facts: this used to be a purely residential property, but was then opened to the public; this is a somewhat popular wedding venue which they've upgraded by building an impressive pavilion to the left when you enter the gate
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