Fall in the South is a spectacular, if fleeting, thing. For just a brief time, the trees come alive with fiery colors and the air hits that just-right temperature that’s fodder for dreams in the throes of summer. While fall is here with its crisp days and deep blue skies, make sure to get out and enjoy some of the best of Alabama’s great outdoors. You can start in your own backyard – the backyard of Dothan, actually – at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens.
Visit Dothan’s Not-So-Secret Garden
The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens is proud to have been chosen as part of the Alabama Garden Trail, a selection of seven of the state’s best botanical gardens. The DABG spans 50 acres of beautifully cultivated gardens, nature trails, and untamed woods. Admission is free, making this a perfect Sunday afternoon destination for the whole family to soak up some autumn in a lovely natural setting. Self-guided tour maps are provided at the entrance so you can browse the gardens at your own pace. If you prefer, you can schedule a group tour for a small fee and enjoy the DABG from the comfort of an electric tram.
As you make your way throughout the lovely grounds, you’ll be treated to sights, scents, and sounds of the following can’t-miss gardens:
- Southern Heirloom Garden and Farmhouse
- Tropical House
- Butterfly Garden
- Azalea Garden
- Hydrangea Garden
- Succulent Garden
- Asian Garden
- Vegetable Garden and Windmill
- Wetlands Observation Platform
- Shady Garden
- Rose Garden
- Meditation Garden
- Herb Garden
- Wedding Garden
- Cottage Garden
- Children’s Garden
As attractive as the DABG is to people, it seems equally attractive to birds. This is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with a huge variety of species commonly spotted here. Bring your field guide and keep an eye out for the Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Screech Owl, Eastern Towhee, Gray Catbird, Great Crested Flycatcher, Indigo Bunting, Summer Tanager, Myrtle Warbler, Mourning Dove, and more.
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