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Bellingrath Gardens

Founded by Mobile's first Coca-Cola bottler, Bellingrath Gardens and Home preserves the legacy of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. The property was originally a fishing camp for Mr. Bellingrath and was transformed in the late 1920s into a spectacular Garden estate. The Gardens first opened to the public in April 1932 for a day to commemorate a national garden club meeting being held in Mobile. The Gardens boast seasonal blooms throughout the year including azaleas, roses, camellias and chrysanthemums. Tours of the originally furnished Bellingrath Museum Home and the Fowl River are also available.
Photograph © Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Photograph © Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Photograph © Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Photograph © Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Photograph © Karl Gercens
Photograph © Karl Gercens
Photograph © Karl Gercens
Photograph © Karl Gercens

History

Bellingrath Gardens and Home was the creation of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bellingrath. The Gardens first opened to the public in 1932 while a national garden club meeting was taking place in Mobile. Mr. Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile paper, announcing that anyone who would like to see the spring garden could do so free of charge. After an overwhelming response, the couple decided to keep the gardens open year-round, beginning in 1934.

Plants of note

Throughout the year, this 65 acre Garden Estate is in full bloom with camellias in the winter, azaleas in the spring, roses in the summer, chrysanthemums in autumn and Magic Christmas in Lights during the holiday season.

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, Alabama, USA, AL 36582

Open daily year-round. Closed on Christmas Day. Open 8am to 5pm (extended hours until 9pm during Magic Christmas in Lights - the day after Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve).

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