Garden Etiquette

In order for everyone to enjoy the Gardens we ask that the following requests be observed:

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the Gardens.

Groups of 10 or more must notify the Aldridge Gardens’ Events Coordinator before planning an outing in the Gardens. Because we hold frequent events, we are generally unable to accommodate unexpected groups. Please call 205.682.8019, extension 6 for more information or to schedule a group event.

Aldridge Gardens is part of a living ecosystem. Visitors may occasionally see snakes near the lake or woodland stream. Visitors enter the Gardens at their own risk.

To reduce the risk of possible plant damage or destruction, we ask that all visitors stay on paths. Please do not venture off of pathways, and do not climb on trees or shrubs.

This is a walking garden. For your safety, please be aware and alert when enjoying areas where garden maintenance or other work is being done.

Most areas are accessible to those with physical disabilities.

Generally, pets are not allowed in the Gardens. Support or service animals are permitted.

Please feed ducks or geese ONLY designated food from the dispensers in the boat house.

Only emergency vehicles and those making deliveries are allowed through the gate.

All plants and wildlife are protected. Collecting of plants or picking of any flowers is strictly prohibited.

Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, skates and other riding toys are not allowed in the Gardens.

Picnic tables are located at the boat house and in the picnic area near the entry gate. Fires of any kind are prohibited.

Generally, fishing and swimming are not allowed in the lake. Special members-only fishing hours are fro 4:00 p.m. to close on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Other groups may fish only with prior approval of the Executive Director.

Sun bathing is not permitted in the Gardens.

Aldridge Gardens is a non-smoking area.

Professional photographers (defined as a photographer who is paid for his/her services) must become members of the Photography Guild before scheduling client photo sessions. Appointments must be made and fees paid in advance. No posed photography is permitted while another event or wedding is taking place.