Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home: Jan. 11-Feb. 22, 2017

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Even during the cold season, Bellingrath Gardens is filled with blooms and beauty! During the winter months, Gulf Coast residents and visitors are invited to enjoy the Gardens and to learn more about gardening and history at our Winter Wednesdays workshops.

The Winter Wednesdays sessions include tips for making your garden more spectacular and guest lectures from renowned members of the horticultural and gardening world.

The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 22. 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, ext. 111, or email

Here is the 2017 Winter Wednesdays schedule:

January 18: Lost Mansions of Mobile, with Tom McGehee

First-time visitors to the historic city of Mobile are enthralled at the array of historic homes lining the streets near downtown. But much has been lost to fire and development over the years. Tom McGehee, Director of the Bellingrath Museum Home and a noted historian of the city, will discuss one hundred years of long-vanished stately homes and the interesting stories of their builders and owners.

January 25: Growing Vegetables, with Bill Finch

Longtime Mobile gardening expert and columnist Bill Finch will show guests how to grow superior-tasting vegetables in a Southern garden, and describe the best times to plant them to ensure a long harvest season. Join us to find out how to set your plantings by the Gulf Coast clock!

February 1: Our Camellia Heritage, with Dr. Bill Barrick

Walter Bellingrath’s favorite flower was the camellia. Join Executive Director Dr. Bill Barrick to learn how Walter and his wife, Bessie, transformed their 65-acre garden estate with extensive plantings of this wonderful, winter-blooming shrub.

February 8: Fertilizing Roses, with Linda Guy

Linda Guy, longtime Rosarian of Bellingrath’s award-winning Rose Garden, will discuss the best times to fertilize roses and what nutrients the bushes need in order to thrive throughout the year. Questions are encouraged! Books and supplies will be available in the Gift Shop.

February 15: Ancient Forests of Alabama

Explore our ancient forests and learn how they affect our climate today in this session with University of South Alabama professor Dr. Brian Axsmith. Brian will describe how scientists use plant fossils to reconstruct ancient climates and explain how the fossil record helps us understand the past, present and future of our state’s amazing forests.

February 22: Horticulture by the Numbers, with Chuck Owens

If you’re mystified by all of the numbers on fertilizer bags and how to measure pH, this session is for you! Bellingrath’s Nursery Manager, Chuck Owens, will share his extensive knowledge of the basics of horticultural management and how to use this information to get your garden in perfect balance.