Regional Public Gardens and Arboreta
Public gardens are an excellent way to learn about new plants that are successful to our area and can inspire good ideas for landscape design. There are also very knowledgeable gardeners on staff and often are good sources for information.
Many public gardens provide plants for sale through special events or throughout the year. Contact the facilities for directions or admission information.
3530 Lorna Rd.
Woodland trails, perennials, and aquatic gardens.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
12401 Bellingrath Road
Theodore, AL 36582
Public garden features a nature walk, oriental garden, bridal garden, conservatory, and aquatics.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2512 Lane Park Road
Rose, crape myrtle, formal, vegetable, herb, bog, camellia, wildflower, fern, hosts, iris, and Japanese gardens.
Dothan Botanical Gardens
5130 Headland Ave.
Demonstration garden; heirloom garden; herb, aquatic and rose gardens.
Huntsville-Madison County Botanical Gardens
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Woodland paths; daylily, herb, butterfly and vegetable gardens; fern glad, aquatics, perennials.
Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum
Grecian sculptures in a garden setting.
Wynton Blount Cultural Park
6055 Vaughn Road
Plants featured in Shakespeare’s work including bulbs, roses, aromatic plants.
Southern Environmental Center- Ecoscape
900 Arkadelphia Rd.
Mobile Basin wetland exhibit, Fragrance gardens, Appalachian Trail
University of Alabama Arboretum
Pelham Heights Road
Woodland trails, wildflower garden, experimental garden, children’s garden
Afton Villa Gardens
9247 North US Hwy. 61
St. Francisville, LA
American Rose Society
Jefferson Paige Road
LA Hwy. 9
Native plant garden
11855 Highland Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA
Native Southern trees, shrubs, and wildflowers
Woodland trails, azalea trails
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
40136 Highway 942
Historic garden featuring the Hampton Garden, Upper Garden, Fountain Courtyard.
Longue Vue House and Gardens
#7 Bamboo Rd.
New Orleans, LA
Historic garden featuring aquatics, woodland, discovery, and more.
New Orleans Botanical Garden
New Orleans, LA
Aquatic, perennial, and ornamental gardens; train garden
Rip Van Winkle Gardens
5505 Rip Van Winkle Road
New Iberia, LA
Japanese garden, rose garden, daylily gardens.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site
12501 LA Hwy. 10
West Feliciana Parish
Historic Gardens, camellias, flower gardens, herb garden
Clinton Community Nature Center
Native plant garden, woodland trails, perennial garden
Crosby Arboretum, Mississippi State University Extension
Native plant garden displaying the plant communities of the Gulf Coast.
Eudora Welty House and Garden
1119 Pinehurst Street
Historic gardens featuring woodland garden, roses, cutting garden perennials, and camellias.
Mississippi Agricultural Museum
1150 Lakeland Drive
Historic gardens, rose garden, Master Gardeners Garden
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Native plant gardens and woodland trails
4736 Clinton Boulevard
Southern garden featuring paths, pools, ponds and bridges.
North Mississippi Research and Extension Center
5421 Hwy. 145 South
Rose garden, native plant garden, water garden
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
285 Plains Road
Holly Springs, MS
Native plant garden, perennials, ponds, historic garden
Truck Crops Experiment Station
2024 Experiment Station Road
Crystal Springs, MS
Three acre vegetable, flower and herb garden; flower trials; ornamental grasses
200 West Hill Avenue
Historic Colonial Revival Gardens.
Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens
1400 Market Street
Water, herb, rose and daylily gardens.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden
1200 Forest Park Drive
Japanese gardens; herb garden; perennial gardens; color, water, seasons, and wildflower gardens.
510 Rivre Road
Biblical plants garden.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
English landscape garden; formal gardens; woodland trails; cutting garden.
Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens
21 Covered Bridge Lane
Extensive perennial and wildflower gardens.
James K. Polk Ancestral Home
301 W. 7th St.
Historic gardens including formal, azalea and wildflowers.
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Road
Forest, meadow, and aquatic habitats.
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Formal gardens; Japanese garden; children’s garden; iris, dahlia, daylily, magnolia and conifers.
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
400 Garden Road
Woodland and driving trails.
Tennessee Wildlife Center
400 Garden Road
Scent and wetland gardens.
University of Tennessee Arboretum
State Highway 62
Oak Ridge, TN
Azalea, conifer, crabapple, dogwood, hollies, juniper, magnolia and other collections.
These factsheets were written by Robert F. Brzuszek, Assistant Extension Professor, The Department of Landscape Architecture, Mississippi State University.
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