WANTED: Aldridge Bot. Gardens - Place for Swap

tsmith2579(7B)August 26, 2008

The Aldridge Botanical Gardens in Hoover, AL has granted us permission to have our Fall Swap in the parking lot there and we can use the picnic grounds just inside the gardens gate for lunch. The pavilion is being used that day ($900 charge for using it for 3 hours)but the picnic grounds are free. Be sure to use MapQuest for directions to Aldridge Gardens. The address is Aldridge Botanical Gardesn, 3530 Lorna Rd, Hoover, AL 35216. It is a very few miles north of the Oak Mountain State Park exit so it is still convenient and easy to get to. Let's plan on driving into the gardens driveway and parking lot, up to the gate entrance, turn left and head back out toward Lorna Road and we will park in the parking lot section nearest Lorna Road. If you have any questions, contact me and I'll try to answer them.

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Thanks for all the trouble you went through to find a location for our Swap. I have not been to Aldridge gardens yet and am looking forward to it. I will try to locate the parking lot in question before the swap. I am terrible with directions.


    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 1:23PM
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From I-65 (north or south) take Exit 250 to I-459 South. The signs say Tuscaloosa/Bessemer.
From the interchange go about 1 mile to Exit 13, US-31 South. Get into the far left hand turn lane at the exit ramp. There is a stop light at the bottom of the off ramp.

Turn left at the light and go under I-459 for 6/10ths mile. Stay in the same lane. Go through FOUR traffic lights. When you have gone through the fourth light, start looking for the left turn lane at the FIFTH traffic light.

This is the US-31 and "Lorna Rd - Hwy 150" intersection. Hanging in the middle of the intersection is a green sign saying . Turn left on to Lorna Road.

There are 4 cross streets on Lorna Road with a traffic light: (1) Lodge Drive (2) Data Drive (3) Centennial Drive. You will then make a big left hand curve and start down hill to the fourth cross street (4) Rocky Ridge Ranch Road. It is 9/10ths mile from Hwy 31 to Rocky Ridge Ranch Road. As soon as you have crossed Rocky Ridge Ranch Road, turn right into Aldridge Botanical Gardens. There are three aisles of parking. Drive to the garden gate and turn left, go over to the third aisle, turn let and drive back toward Lorna Rd. to the parking section which is parallel to and nearest to Lorna Road.

On Thursday I will make a map of the parking lot. If you need additional instruction or a copy of the parking map, let me know and I will email a copy.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 7:50PM
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Please email me the parking map.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 3:16PM
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