Recent visitors to the Montgomery Botanical Gardens have noticed a great improvement in the walkways throughout the educational area. The original crushed red gravel walkways have been replaced by wider, handicap-accessible, well-graded pathways.
While many visitors use the Wisdom Woods steps, the entrance to the Sothern Gardens is handicap accessible. The City of Montgomery had difficulty maintaining a smooth enough surface for access to the educational area. The new handicap-accessible walk ties into an existing Southern Gardens walk, making this area accessible to everyone.
The Gardens Board of Directors sought ways to redesign and redevelop these walkways, resulting in being awarded a generous grant from the Montgomery Kiwanis Club which provided $15, 000 toward the redevelopment project.
As a result, we now have beautiful, easy maintenance walkways which will make navigation much easier for our visitors. The revisions to the existing walks were drawn by Fairlie Rinehart. She worked with Jack Jackson of Jackson Landscape on the installation of the walks.
Additionally, John Tampa donated a large number of Belgian blocks to line the redeveloped walkways.