Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Step out of time at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, where guests may visit a vibrant estate Garden and the historic Bellingrath Home, built in 1935 and filled with the original antiques and collections of founders Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. The 87-year-old Gardens first opened to the public on April 7, 1932.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home offers blooms and beauty every day of the year.November and December are particularly beautiful, with the Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums display and the dazzling Magic Christmas in Lights holiday show, a walking tour with 3 million lights set out in 15 scenes across the 65-acre estate.
The Bellingrath Home, designed by renowned architect George B. Rogers, features handmade bricks and cast-iron galleries salvaged from historic homes and buildings in downtown Mobile. Rogers described the eclectic architectural style as “English Renaissance.” Flagstone terraces, a slate roof and figural copper downspouts join with a central courtyard, balconies and covered galleries to give the Home a Gulf Coast flair.
Gardens highlights include the award-winning Rose Garden; the Riverfront with its picturesque Grotto; the Rockery; Mirror Lake; and numerous water features. At the heart of the Gardens is a Monolith, commissioned by Walter Bellingrath in 1950 as a memorial to tell the story of Bellingrath Gardens. The naturalistic, three-sided monument, made of red granite from Missouri, stands more than 11 feet in height and weighs 18,000 pounds. It features three bronze plaques.
It’s easy to make a day of it at Bellingrath! Lunch is served daily in the Magnolia Café, which has room for up to 80 guests, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The well-stocked Gift Shop is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hours: Bellingrath Gardens and Home is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days).
Getting there: Bellingrath Gardens and Home is in south Mobile County on the Fowl River. The property is a 30-minute drive from downtown Mobile and a 20-minute drive from Dauphin Island, which also offers ferry service to Fort Morgan and Gulf Shores.
Phone: 251- 973-2217.