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Winter Wednesdays & Orchid Show at Bellingrath Gardens

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is operated by the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the 65-acre garden and estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, Alabama. For more information, visit or call 251.973.2217.

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 series for sessions on gardening, history and more.

Gulf Coast residents and visitors are invited to the Winter Wednesdays series at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, held in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 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 251.973.2217 or online at

Here is the 2016 Winter Wednesdays schedule:

January 20: Furnishing the Bellingrath Home

What was it like to furnish a home in the 1930s? Join Bellingrath’s Tom McGehee for a special behind the ropes tour of the Bellingrath Home and learn about the Home’s antique furnishings, decorative arts and Mrs. Bessie’s unique negotiation techniques.

January 27: Birding on the Gulf Coast

Dr. Mark LaSalle, Director of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, will help us identify birds along the Gulf Coast and how we can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Weather permitting, he will lead a bird walk through the Gardens.

February 3: “The Mobile River” Lecture and Book Signing

Local historian and author John S. Sledge will discuss his new book, “The Mobile River.” His book is the first-ever narrative history of this important American watercourse and is also a historical saga of the river and the colorful characters that inhabit its shores and basin. After his presentation, Sledge will sign copies of his book, which will be available to purchase in the Gift Shop. 

February 10: 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 17Getting ready for Spring at Bellingrath Gardens

Executive Director Dr. Bill Barrick and Nursery Manager Chuck Owens will share their secrets of creating one of the prettiest seasons at Bellingrath. Find out how we grow our Easter lilies to be ready just on time for Easter every year! Guests will also get a preview of Bellingrath’s 2016 “Festival of Flowers” display. An exclusive tour to the Bellingrath greenhouses is included in the program.

February 24: Trailer McQuilkin’s “Wildflowers” Lecture and Book Signing

Discover the world of Ocean Springs artist Trailer McQuilkin’s “Wildflowers.” The artist uses copper, metal, oil paints and other natural materials to create exquisite sculptures that are a unique blend of artistry and technical skills. McQuilkin will share his recent works and new book, which guests may purchase in the Gift Shop.

February 19-21: Mobile Area Orchid Society’s Orchid Show and Sale
Bellingrath Gardens and Home will host the Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 39th Annual Orchid Show and Sale, February 19-21. Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for orchids. There is no charge for admission. Guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens and Home during their visit.