Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Visit to Bellingrath Gardens

The Conservatory and Rose Gardens

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, Alabama. If you ever have the chance to visit in the area of Mobile, you need to stop and see the gardens and the Bellingrath's home. The gardens are over 75 years old and they were the dream of Bessie Bellingrath who enjoyed gardening. Walter Bellingrath found his fortune by building the first Coca-Cola plant built exclusively to the production of Coca-Cola in the United States in 1908. The Bellingrath's purchased an old fishing lodge on the Fowl River and over the years, Bessie planted many flowers and shrubs. She loved camellias and azaleas and the soil along the river was ideal for growing them. After a trip to Europe in 1927, they decided to turn the lodge into a country estate. With the help of architect George B. Rogers the building began. As the gardens grew, people started visiting Bessie's beautiful gardens and by 1932 the gardens were opened to the public. By 1935 the estate home was completed. The house is filled with wonderful antiques and collectibles. At the age of 80, Walter Bellingrath created a non-profit foundation to continue the existence of the estate and gardens in memory of his wife. In 1956, shortly after his death, the gardens and home were open to the public to enjoy.

When you visit Bellingrath Gardens, be prepared to spend at least 3 to 4 hours to tour the house and walk the 65 acres that make up Bellingrath. You will visit the home, Chapel, The Rockery, Boehm Porcelain Gallery, Rose Garden, Conservatory, Bayou Boardwalk, Mirror Lake, the Great Lawn and all it's wonderful garden beds and water features and the Asian American Garden.


Rose Garden
Asian American Garden



The Rockery
Mirror Lake
The Bellingrath home and courtyard.

The purple leaf plant on the outside border is "beets".
A few of the many water features found at Bellingrath.



I hope you enjoyed the photos and if you ever take a trip to Alabama, stop in and visit the beautiful gardens at Bellingrath. It is worth the stop!
Happy Gardening!
The Creative Gardener

4 comments:

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

This is an amazing place out of a fairy tale...the vistas and views are perfect and zen....I must visit this gorgeous place...thank you for sharing it!!

Lona said...

Debbie the gardens are gorgeous. What a beautiful place. I like all of the water features and the lake. The Japanese garden looks so pretty with the red accents.It is so much fun to walk through these conservatory gardens. Have a good Easter weekend.

gardenenvy said...

Debbie, so happy to find this blog! I loving visiting gardens and I will put this one on my list! And the house and courtyard are great! Jeannine

gardenenvy said...

Debbie, I love visiting gardens and this one looks great. I will add it to my list! Glad I found your blog. Jeannine