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Mr. Bellingrath’s Birthday

Friday, August 6, 2021

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 6, 1869, Walter D. Bellingrath was Mobile’s first Coca-Cola bottler and the founder of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. In honor of Mr. Bellingrath’s Birthday, admission to the Gardens is free to all Mobile and Baldwin County residents on this date! (Please be prepared to show an ID or a utility bill to prove place of residence.)

Guests are invited to tour the Gardens and the beautiful Bellingrath Home. Home Tour tickets are $10 per person and are led by our longtime Home tour guides.

The Gardens and Home will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the final entries at 6 p.m.

In the spirit of Bellingrath Gardens’ origins as a fish camp, the Magnolia Café will serve a Fried Fish Lunch on August 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lunch special is fried fish, grits, coleslaw, and hush puppies, along with a complimentary slice of “Mr. Bell’s” birthday cake for dessert. All meals come with coffee, tea, or water. Guests are encouraged to stop by the Bellingrath Gift Shop to take advantage of sales on summer merchandise.

Walter D. Bellingrath and his wife, Bessie, created Bellingrath Gardens from a former fishing camp along the Fowl River, which Bellingrath purchased in 1919. The Bellingraths opened the Gardens to the public for the first time on April 7, 1932.

The August 6 “Open Gardens” tradition dates back to 1949, when Mr. Bellingrath invited local residents to come and enjoy the Gardens at no charge as part of his 80th birthday celebration.

Vaccine Clinic

The Mobile County Health Department will offer free Covid-19 vaccinations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, August 6, at Bellingrath. For details, please click here.