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The Secret Garden: A new place of serenity

By Bill Barrick, Executive Director The new Secret Garden, which is under construction now, is located between the Rose Garden and The Great Lawn. Several years ago we planted “Tokyo Delight” hydrangeas in this area. After observing this little garden…

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In 1935, a very modern electrical system came to Bellingrath

    By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home When Walter Bellingrath purchased his fishing camp, the property had an enviable riverfront location but no modern conveniences. A wood-burning stove occupied the kitchen; lighting was by kerosene; and…

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Land to Lodge: Building the Bellingrath Home

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home The elegant Bellingrath Home was created from very humble beginnings: A former fishing camp on Fowl River, built in the early 1890s. The 10,500-square-foot Home was completed in 1936. As we begin our year-long…

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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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Adding a tropical look to your garden

By Dr. Bill Barrick, Executive Director We are fortunate to be living in a climate that allows us to grow tropicals in our Mobile gardens. The addition of tropical plants to any landscape brings an element of the exotic by…

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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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