The Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Bellingrath Gardens and Home was the creation of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bellingrath. The Gardens first opened to the public in 1932 while a national garden club meeting was taking place in Mobile. Mr. Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile paper, announcing that anyone who would like to see the spring garden could do so free of charge. After an overwhelming response, the couple decided to keep the gardens open year-round, beginning in 1934.
Throughout the year, this 65 acre Garden Estate is in full bloom with camellias in the winter, azaleas in the spring, roses in the summer, chrysanthemums in autumn and Magic Christmas in Lights during the holiday season.
On your self-guided walking tour, you will enjoy the 2004 Top Public Rose Garden in the U.S., as awarded by the All-America Rose Selections, experience the Bayou Boardwalk, marvel at Mirror Lake, behold the Great Lawn, view the Asian-American Gardens, stroll through the Butterfly Garden, observe formal garden terraces and more!
Tour the Bellingrath Home, complete with its original furnishings and Mrs. BellingrathÔÇÖs extensive collection of decorative arts. Built in 1935, the 10,500 square foot home was designed by prominent architect, George B. Rogers. The style of the Home was dubbed ÔÇ£English RenaissanceÔÇØ by Rogers. Additionally, take a 45-minute cruise along the Fowl River aboard the Southern Belle. As you enjoy your relaxing cruise, learn about birding habits, ecological systems and civil war history of the area. The Southern Belle departs daily from Bellingrath Gardens and Home between March and November.
The Bellingrath Gardens and Home is located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road
Theodore, Alabama 36582 | Theodor
Summary: 34.3 miles (45 minutes)
Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Historic Blakeley State Park on SR-225 (South) 1.8 mi
9:02 AM 1.8 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-225 [Blakely Dr] 1.3 mi
9:04 AM 3.1 Bear RIGHT (West) onto US-31 [Spanish Fort Blvd] 0.2 mi
9:05 AM 3.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-90 [US-98] 4.5 mi
9:11 AM 7.8 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-10 14.8 mi I-10
9:26 AM 22.6 At exit 15A, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto US-90 [SR-16] 2.8 mi US-90 / Historic Mobile Pkwy / Theodore
9:29 AM 25.3 Bear LEFT (South) onto CR-59 8.1 mi
9:43 AM 33.5 Turn LEFT (East) onto Bellingrath Gardens Rd [CR-18] 0.8 mi
9:45 AM 34.3 Arrive Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582