Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens

bellingrath gardens mobileRunning from January 10 – February 28, 2018, the Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens is a wonderful treat for the whole family for your next Dauphin Island vacation!

Even during the cold season, Bellingrath Gardens is filled with blooms and beauty. Gulf Coast residents and visitors are invited to join us at our Winter Wednesdays for sessions on gardening, history and more. With a range of classes, you’re sure to find something you’re interested in.

By tradition, the Winter Wednesdays series begins with the After Christmas Sale in the Bellingrath Gift Shop. The sale is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, and includes deep discounts on holiday merchandise. Guests are encouraged to use the Snowbird Special Discount on Gardens-and-Home combination tickets during their visit.

The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through February 28. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251.459.8864.

Here is the 2018 Winter Wednesdays schedule:

January 10: Winter Garden Walk

Learn about the interesting winter borders and containers throughout the Gardens from Bellingrath’s Horticulture Management Team: Executive Director Dr. Bill Barrick, Nursery Manager Chuck Owens and Display Coordinator Barbara Smith.

January 17: “The Underwater Forest,” with Ben Raines

Environmental reporter and filmmaker Ben Raines will describe the secrets of an ancient underwater cypress forest recently discovered south of Alabama’s Gulf Shores in the Gulf of Mexico. The cypress forest dates back to an Ice Age more than 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were 400 feet lower than today. Ben’s acclaimed documentary about the forest was released in June 2017.

January 24: Steamboats on Alabama Rivers, with Tom McGehee

Long before there were highways or railroads in Alabama, the rivers provided the only choice to move passengers and freight. The age of steam travel on those rivers lasted from the 1830s until the early 20th century, when railroads and improved roads made them obsolete. Walter Bellingrath shipped his Coca-Cola cases on many a river steamer in the early 1900s, and his father-in-law was a shipwright – a skilled carpenter who built and repaired the boats. Join Tom McGehee to explore the beginnings of the era of river steamers, their peak in the 1890s and their sad end by World War I.

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January 31: An in-depth look at the Civil War with authors John Sledge and Frye Gaillard

Well-known local historians and authors John S. Sledge and Frye Galliard will discuss their books about how the Civil War affected the lives of Alabamians. After the presentation, John and Frye will sign copies of their books, “These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War” and “Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters,” which will be available to purchase in the Gift Shop.

February 7: Birding on the Gulf Coast

Dr. Mark LaSalle, Director of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, will tell guests how to identify birds along the Gulf Coast and how they can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Weather permitting, he will lead a bird walk through the Gardens. The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018.

February 14: Raising Roses

Linda Guy, longtime Rosarian of Bellingrath’s award-winning Rose Garden, will show guests how to care for roses year-round and will give a demonstration of rose pruning techniques. Questions are encouraged! Books and supplies will be available in the Gift Shop.

February 21: Shipshape Urban Farms

Located in downtown Mobile, Shipshape Urban Farms grows hydroponic lettuces, leafy greens and herbs. Learn from owner Dale Speetjens about how hydroponic crops are cultivated without soil in nutrient-rich water in a controlled environment with no pesticides or herbicides. The process uses innovative features and is environmentally friendly, saving water and using less energy than traditional farming practices.

February 28: Caring for Gulf Coast Appalachia

Imagine adding rhododendron, mountain laurel, and native hydrangeas to your Gulf Coast garden. These plants, and many more like them, are native to the Gulf Coastal Plain. Bobby Green, owner of Green Nurseries in Fairhope and one of the most knowledgeable horticulturists in our area, will introduce you to these beautiful ornamentals. He will also discuss how to best select and care for them in your garden.

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About Bellingrath Gardens

You can easily reach the Bellingrath Gardens from your Dauphin Island vacation rental. Only 20 minutes north of Dauphin Island, Bellingrath Gardens is easy to find and makes a lovely day trip. Come see the 65-acre garden and estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath, and learn about the history in addition to enjoying the beautiful blooms. They are a fascinating couple who helped the local economy during the Great Depression by purchasing flowers and bushes right out of people’s yards for hundreds of dollars. Bessie always had a life-long passion for gardening and her husband always said, “The Gardens were my wife’s dream, and I want to live to see that dream come true.”

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is operated by the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization.

For more information:

Location: 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582


Phone: 251.973.2217

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900 Bienville Blvd.
P.O. Box 1177
Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528

(251) 861-3311

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