Summerdale, AL – Events of Thursday, June 5, 2014
Bellingrath Gardens is a botanical garden located about an hour from Rainbow Plantation to the south of Mobile, AL. On our many stops in Lower Alabama, we have been to Bellingrath 4 times – once in the early spring to see the azaleas, once in mid-spring when we saw spring perennials in all their glory, once in late spring when perennials were done blooming and most of the summer annuals hadn’t yet been planted, and once in the fall to see the mums in bloom.
Since we were in Lower Alabama much later than usual this year because we stayed in Florida waiting for the work on our site to be done, we decided it would be a good opportunity to see the garden with summer annuals in bloom. With sunny weather finally in the forecast, we headed to Bellingrath on Thursday.
Bellingrath was originally a fish camp that was bought in 1917 by Walter Bellingrath, who was the first Coca-Cola bottler in Mobile. Although the Bellingraths didn’t build a permanent home on the property until 1935, Mrs. Bellingrath began planting gardens on the site in the late 1920s, and the couple opened the gardens to the public in 1932. The 20,500-square foot, 15-room house is built from handmade brick salvaged from other homes in Mobile that were originally built in the 1800s. Today, the house and gardens are maintained by a foundation that was created by Mr. Bellingrath before his death.
We paid our admission of $12.50 each in the gift shop and headed to the garden. Tours of the house are available for an extra $8, but we had toured the house before, so we skipped it this time.
The atrium behind the gift shop had an attractive display of plants…
…that included pineapples.
Our first stop was at the Rose Garden. This early in the season, there were only a few roses blooming.