Friday, April 17, 2009
Get Back to Nature
Visit one of the beautiful parks just minutes from Birmingham for garden arrangement inspiration!
Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham offers over 50 miles of trails as well as golfing, fishing, biking, swimming and camping at highly affordable prices. The park also offers activities at the Alabama Wildlife Center and many charity hikes and runs. While there, don’t forget to check out plants that are indigenous to the area. www.alapark.com/OakMountain and www.awrc.org
Tannehill State Park is the perfect place to stretch your legs, flex your brain and find local accessories for your own outdoor space. They’ve got events and exhibits planned all summer long—from a Civil War reenactment (May 23-24), to a Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show (first weekend in June). www.tannehill.org
Pack a picnic and head out to Vulcan Trail where there are plenty of sunny spots to spend a lazy weekend afternoon. The scenic path, located at Vulcan Park and Museum, is short (about a mile and a half) but lined with trees, flowers and a significant amount of warm-hued stone for a peaceful retreat. www.visitvulcan.com
Visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens to view the full spectrum of what one can grow in our area. Recently voted the #1 Free Tourist Attraction in Alabama, you can see plants, like tulips and pansies, that are common in Birmingham, as well as ones that are exotic transplants. www.bbgardens.org
Located near the heart of Birmingham, Ruffner Mountain is a treasure tucked away on 81st Street South. The park offers over a thousand acres of lush hiking trails with moss covered boulders greeting you at every turn. Wildflowers bloom with abandon along the pathways to get your creative garden planning started. www.ruffnermountain.org
Whatever your preference for seeking a new perspective on gardening and experiencing nature, our area boasts a smattering of outdoor escapes. Whether seeking a place for a quick walk to clear your head, or training to hike the Grand Canyon, embrace the beauty in our state.
—By Amy Pedigo
—Photos provided by Oak Mountain State Park