Winter Wednesdays

Wednesdays from January 3 to February 28, 2018

Every year, Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts special programs when the weather gets chilly in winter months. Each workshop covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home, tips for making your garden more spectacular or guest lectures from renowned members of the horticultural and gardening world.

Each program begins at 10:30 AM and is included in your Gardens admission. Admission for members is free. Reservations are requested for each program. To make a reservation, please call 251.459.8864 or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

DateProgramTimeRegistration Information
January 3After Christmas Sale — Shop ‘til you drop in the fabulous Bellingrath Gift Shop and take advantage of post-holiday discounts. Make a day of it – tour the Gardens, the Museum Home and stay for lunch in the Magnolia Café. Regular admission charged for tours.All DayFree

No Reservation
Required
January 10Winter Garden Walk — There is always something blooming at Bellingrath Gardens! Learn about the interesting winter borders and containers throughout the Gardens from Bellingrath’s Horticulture Management Team: Executive Director Dr. Bill Barrick, Nursery Manager Chuck Owens and Display Coordinator Barbara Smith.10:30–11:30 AMFree for members

$13.00 for non-members

Reservations
Requested
January 17"The Underwater Forest," with Ben Raines — Environmental reporter and filmmaker Ben Raines will describe the secrets of an ancient underwater cypress forest recently discovered south of Alabama's Gulf Shores in the Gulf of Mexico. The cypress forest dates back to an Ice Age more than 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were 400 feet lower than today. Ben’s acclaimed documentary about the forest was released in June 2017. 10:30–11:30 AMFree for members

$13.00 for non-members

Reservations
Requested
January 24Steamboats on Alabama Rivers, with Tom McGehee — Long before there were highways or railroads in Alabama, the rivers provided the only choice to move passengers and freight. The age of steam travel on those rivers lasted from the 1830s until the early 20th century, when railroads and improved roads made them obsolete. Walter Bellingrath shipped his Coca-Cola cases on many a river steamer in the early 1900s, and his father-in-law was a shipwright – a skilled carpenter who built and repaired the boats. Join Tom McGehee to explore the beginnings of the era of river steamers, their peak in the 1890s and their sad end by World War I. 10:30–11:30 AMFree for members

$13.00 for non-members

Reservations
Requested
January 31John Sledge and Frye Gaillard — Well-known local historians and authors John S. Sledge and Frye Galliard will discuss their books about how the Civil War affected the lives of Alabamians. After the presentation, John and Frye will sign copies of their books, “These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War” and “Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters,” which will be available to purchase in the Gift Shop. 10:30–11:30 AMFree for members

$13.00 for non-members

Reservations
Requested
February 7Birding on the Gulf Coast — Dr. Mark LaSalle, Director
of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, will help us identify birds along the Gulf Coast and how we can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Weather permitting, he will lead a bird walk through the Gardens.
10:30–11:30 AMFree for members

$13.00 for non-members

Reservations
Requested
February 14Raising Roses — Linda Guy, longtime Rosarian of Bellingrath’s award-winning Rose Garden, will show us how to care for roses year round. Bring all your questions and join Linda for a demonstration of rose pruning techniques
to get yours in top shape. Books and supplies will be available in the Gift Shop.
10:30–11:30 AMFree for members

$13.00 for non-members

Reservations
Requested
February 21Shipshape Urban Farms — Located in downtown Mobile, Shipshape Urban Farms grows hydroponic lettuces, leafy greens and herbs. Learn from owner Dale Speetjens about how hydroponic crops are cultivated without soil in nutrient-rich water in a controlled environment with no pesticides or herbicides. The process uses innovative features and is environmentally friendly, saving water and using less energy than traditional farming practices.10:30–11:30 AMFree for members

$13.00 for non-members

Reservations
Requested
February 28Caring for Gulf Coast Appalacia — Imagine adding rhododendron, mountain laurel, and native hydrangeas to your Gulf Coast garden. These plants, and many more like them, are native to the Gulf Coastal Plain. Bobby Green, owner of Green Nurseries in Fairhope and one of the most knowledgeable horticulturists in our area, will introduce you to these beautiful ornamentals. He will also discuss how to best select and care for them in your garden.10:30–11:30 AMFree for members

$13.00 for non-members

Reservations
Requested