Discover The Gardens
The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens consists of 50 acres of cultivated gardens, nature trails and undeveloped, wooded landscape. The DABG seeks to preserve the remarkable native plants of the area in an attractive balance with traditional botanical garden elements – and is committed to the conservation of natural resources for future generations.
The Outdoor Classroom
Down a natural path at the back of the gardens, the Outdoor Classroom has stadium seating and almost perfect seclusion. Surrounded by a forest of trees, and with the gentle sound of a nearby brook, don’t be surprised if squirrels, birds and other wildlife wander up to say, “Hi”!
The Wedding Garden
This is the perfect romantic setting. A formal space featuring a fountain and a large entrance pergola, wreathed in wisteria vines, along with a capacity for 600 seated guests. The altar can accomodate a wedding party of twenty. This Garden is bordered by Little Gem dwarf magnolia trees that provide an abundance of large white flowers during the Summer!
Have your reception inside the newest addition to the DABG, and your guests will be dining and dancing only moments after the ceremony in the Gardens! The the newest part of the Ralph & Carolyn Smith Botanical Center, features a full-catering kitchen, large, hardwood dance floor, and a terrific outdoor porch… complete with ceiling fans!
The Vegetable Garden
This ever-changing area overflows with turnips, collards, cabbage, carrots and broccoli during the Winter… okra, squash, eggplant, corn and tomatoes in the Summer. Fruit trees and a Muscadine Arbor round out this part of the Gardens, which also provides the Wiregrass Area Food Bank with real “home-grown veggies” throughout the year!
The Southern Heirloom Garden
How about a more casual ceremony on our traditional, Southern-style porch? With space on the lawn for a small group of guests, your Spring wedding in the Heirloom Garden will be surrounded by the intense color of poppies, larkspur, old roses and Confederate Jasmine. In Summer, you’ll love the petunias, zinnias, and Black-Eyed Susans!
The Gazebo and LoveGate
With the formal Wedding Garden and Pergola for a backdrop, the Gazebo makes a wonderful location for a smaller, more relaxed wedding. Shaded by southern pines and surrounded with oakleaf hydrangeas, the Gazebo is right next to the new LoveGate. Be sure to incorporate this fun tradition into your ceremony.