Dr. Bill Barrick is Honorary Chairman of 2016 Festival of Flowers

Dr. Bill Barrick and Display Coordinator Barbara Smith pose with the Bellingrath display at the Festival of Flowers on March 4.

Dr. Bill Barrick and Display Coordinator Barbara Smith pose with the Bellingrath display at the Festival of Flowers on March 4.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s Executive Director, Dr. William E. Barrick, is the Honorary Chairman of the 2016 Festival of Flowers, which will be held March 10-13 at the Providence Hospital Campus.

Dr. Bill Barrick has been Executive Director of Bellingrath Gardens and Home since 1999.

Dr. Bill Barrick has been Executive Director of Bellingrath Gardens and Home since 1999.

Dr. Barrick has been a member of the Festival’s design team for more than 10 years and serves as a board member of the Providence Hospital Foundation. He is recognized for his continued contribution of talent and commitment, which has strongly influenced the achievements of the Festival throughout the years, according to Carroll O’Neill of the Foundation.

The displays at the 23rd Annual Festival of Flowers, “Taking Flight to a World of Gardens,” will offer creative interpretations of English, Spanish, American, Japanese, Italian and French garden styles.

The central garden, designed by Barrick, along with Chuck Owens and Barbara Smith of Bellingrath’s Horticultural Team, represents France and features a large pool with fountains surrounded by colorful patterned floral displays. The fountain is accented with four towering obelisks.

The hours for the Festival of Flowers are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the gate. There is no charge for ages 12 and under. Group rates are available. For details about the Festival, or to order tickets, go to festivalofflowers.com.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is also offering a special group rate for the weekend. For details about special group packages for those who would like to visit Bellingrath Gardens and tour the festival, please call or email Shanna Bennett at 251.973.2217, ext. 165, or sbennett@bellingrath.org.

Bellingrath staff member Ralph Drury III works on the obelisks for the French-themed garden installation.

Bellingrath staff member Ralph Drury III paints the obelisks for the French-themed garden installation.

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  1. This week (March 13-20) is the peak of Azalea Bloom Out. We will have the Azalea Trail Maids in the Gardens on Saturday, March 19, for our Easter Egg Hunt, and also on Sunday, March 20. Come on down!

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