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The Garden Railway & The Garden of Hope
at the Botanical Gardens
in Huntsville, Alabama
July 22, 2014

The Garden of Hope: Dedicated on October 2, 2006, this garden provides a place where cancer patients and their families may express their hopes, dreams, fears and faith through the color and artistry of beautiful flowers, trees and plants. In addition to offering patients and families the opportunity to design, plant, and maintain colorful gardens, the Garden of Hope also provides an important therapeutic benefit for people going through difficult times.

This secluded area, surrounded by trees and shrubs, affords a place for quiet contemplation and observation of nature for all Garden visitors. Benches provide places to view a gentle stream which flows through the garden and seasonal plantings enhance the experience.

sign about The Garden of Hope
The Garden of Hope
Lee Duquette in The Garden of Hope
The Garden of Hope
The Garden of Hope
a giant butterfly and flowers in The Garden of Hope
a giant butterfly and flowers in The Garden of Hope
a giant butterfly and flowers in The Garden of Hope
a stream in The Garden of Hope
grounds in the Botancial Gardens

One of the most popular display gardens is the G-scale garden railway. The development process of this display is a microcosm of the garden – the track, buildings and trains were a donation by a member. Two Boy Scouts made the creation of the village and the laying of the track part of their Eagle Scout project. Finally, the Living Arts Bonsai Society did all the landscaping to add the finishing touches to this great exhibit.

This small European village features a church, fire station, restaurant, and homes amid a waterfall, two ponds (with fish) and a stream. Forests, a bog area, and a farm complete the scene. Over 1,000 plants were used to populate the forests, bog, village landscapes, and farm. Plants include evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, as well as perennial ground covers and annuals, all kept in scale with the miniature trains and buildings. The sound of a steam locomotive helps you locate it as it travels the rails, over a bridge, under the waterfall, and through the village and farm. A delight to adults and children alike, the Garden Railway operates from mid-March through December.

sign about the Garden Railway
sign: The Garden Railway
The Garden Railway
The Garden Railway
The Garden Railway
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at the Botanical Gardens
in Huntsville, Alabama
You may visit these eight (8) sections in any order you choose.
There is also a link to Elvis' birthplace below.

Alice in Wonderland theme

The Door Maze

Flowers & The Fern Garden

Butterfly Garden

Silly Fun


The Children's Garden

Garden Railway/
Garden of Hope

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have enjoyed all sections above, please continue on to Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi and more.