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Hibiscus: Signs of summer at the Gardens

By Dr. Bill Barrick, Executive Director Although we have been experiencing some wonderful spring-like weather lately, summer is fast approaching. Over the past few weeks, we have been transitioning all of our planting beds from spring to summer. Some of…

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Begonias – More than houseplants

By Dr. Bill Barrick, Executive Director Over the past few summers we have been using Cane or Angel Wing Begonias in our displays, either planted directly into the ground beds or used as hanging baskets. The term “angel wing” refers…

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How to grow stop-and-smell-worthy roses

By Linda Guy, Bellingrath Rosarian During this time of year, the roses bloom in Bellingrath’s Rose Garden and the Gulf Coast is inundated with springtime rains and our notorious humidity. That combination leaves us – and other rose growers – warding…

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How we schedule our Easter lily blooms for Easter

By Dr. Bill Barrick, Executive Director The Easter lily, Lilium longiflorum, is synonymous with Easter.  Easter lilies are native to Japan and for years, bulbs were imported from Japan for commercial production in the States. But World War II changed…

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Color my hydrangeas blue… or maybe pink!

By Chuck Owens, Director of Horticulture and Manager of Maintenance This time of year we are often asked about our hydrangeas. Some of the most frequently asked questions are, "How are you able to have hydrangeas bloom in early spring?…

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How to care for azaleas today for blooms next spring

By Dr. Bill Barrick, Executive Director Now that the azaleas have “done their thing,” it is time for you to do your part by getting them ready for next year’s blooming season. Azaleas in general are pretty maintenance-free plants, but…

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Fooling Mother Nature

By Dr. Bill Barrick, Executive Director If there is one bulb associated with spring, it would definitely be the tulip. Although the bright blooms make their garden appearance during the spring, the growing, harvesting and forcing process takes almost a…

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Planting for Festival of Flowers

At Bellingrath Gardens and Home, planning for the Festival of Flowers exhibit, now in its 22nd year, starts about a year ahead of time. Following the conclusion of each year’s Festival of Flowers weekend, we begin preparation for next year’s…

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Country Gardens Fall 2014 “Mum’s the Word”

In fall of 2014, Better Homes and Gardens' special interest publication, Country Gardens, featured Bellingrath Gardens' annual Cascading Mum Display. Bellingrath's Cascading Mum Display  requires months of meticulous detail and hard work and results in the largest outdoor display of chrysanthemums in the country.…

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