Mr. & Mrs. Bellingrath tour Europe for several months. They are inspired by the beautiful estate gardens throughout Europe. Upon returning home, they hire Architect George B. Rogers to transform their camp into a garden estate. Rogers and Mrs. Bellingrath begin their search for large established azaleas and camellias for the new gardens from individuals and nurseries throughout the Gulf Coast. Huge shrubs are dug by hand and pulled out with diesel-powered winches. They are hauled by trains and trucks – many of which bear the Coca-Cola logo.