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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.

We invite you to enjoy our walking trails but ask you not to run or jog on the trails. Some of our trails are very natural and not conducive to running.

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. Members are invited to walk their leashed dogs and fish our lake Mondays through Thursdays, from 5 to 7 p.m. during daylight saving time (spring, summer, and early fall) and 3 to 4:30 p.m. during standard time (late fall and winter). Please make sure to clean up after your pet. However, fishing and dog walking will be restricted during weddings or other special events. 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 schedule all client photo sessions with Amanda Baker ( Appointments must be made and fees paid in advance. No posed photography is permitted while another event or wedding is taking place. Session fees are $30 each or you may join our Photo Guild at $100 a year for unlimited scheduled sessions.