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Are you a fan of ferns? You might be, or you might have never given them a second thought, but you will be a fan after you visit the Fern Glade at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Home to almost 150 species of ferns along beautiful trailing paths, the Fern Glade is a perfect end to the Nature Trail, appearing in front of you almost like a mirage. All the plants here are hardy, meaning that they will return every spring, even though they are dormant during the winter months. If you visit during this time, some of them are evergreen, meaning that they will sustain their foliage throughout the winter months. However, summer or spring are the optimal times to be checking out the Fern Glade. It even boasts a waterfall, a pond, and the belvedere, which adds to the serene vibe and makes the stroll that much more enjoyable.
Garden of Hope
Founded on the 2nd October, 2006, the Garden of Hope was created with the purpose of giving cancer patients and their loved ones a way to channel their dreams, aspirations, optimism, and even fears – through the beauty and serenity of a calming atmosphere filled with majestic flowers. The area is secluded – it is surrounded by foliage – allowing for peaceful respite and facilitating the dissipation of worries.
Galaxy of Lights
The Galaxy of Lights is an event that only takes place in the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. It was rated by the “Best of The Best” in 2016. The actual show is even more fascinating than the name, featuring life-sized light displays of Santa flying over a winter village, notable nursery rhyme characters dancing and frolicking, and even a magical crystal icicle forest.
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