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Winter Wednesdays

Wednesdays from January 6 to February 24, 2021

Every year, Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts special programs during the 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.

The programs begin at 10:30 a.m. and usually last about one hour. The Winter Wednesday events are included in your Gardens admission. Admission for members is free.

Reservations are requested for each program. To make a reservation, please call 251-459-8868 or email

Here is the schedule:

January 6: Shop ‘til you drop and enjoy great discounts at the After Christmas Sale in the Bellingrath Gift Shop! Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

January 13: “Southern Winter Gardening,” with Dr. Todd Lasseigne, Executive Director of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Learn about plants that peak in the winter months, exhibiting showy flowers or evergreen foliage or even interesting twigs and branching structure.

January 20: “Lies the Tour Guide Told Me,” with Tom McGehee, Director of the Bellingrath Home. January marks the 65th anniversary of the public opening of the Bellingrath Home, and visitors have been told some very interesting tales over those six decades.  Tom will share his favorite “fawbits” (Fictional Accounts without Basis in Truth).

January 27: “A History of Mobile in 22 Objects,” with Meg McCrummen Fowler, Director of the History Museum of Mobile. Meg will discuss the museum’s new exhibit, a look at 22 distinctive items from the collection representing more than 300 years of Mobile history. An artist has created a special azalea sculpture to represent the history of azaleas in Mobile as well as at Bellingrath. The catalog from the exhibit is available for purchase in the Gift Shop.

February 3: Winter Garden Walk: Take a guided stroll to view numerous Camellia varieties and new winter plantings, led by Barbara Smith, Gardens Display Manager, and Chuck Owens, Horticultural and Operations Director.

February 10: “Grow More, Give More,” with Jack LeCroy, Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Vegetable gardening can be a great activity for your family, but it can also be very daunting if you aren’t sure where to start. Learn the basics of vegetable gardening and how to get things started on the right foot. Bring your questions!

February 17: “Origins of Azaleas,” with Maarten van der Giessen. Join this distinguished horticulturist for an overview of the types and provenance of the South’s most beloved flower. Learn Maarten’s best practices for growing spring showstoppers!

February 24: “Cool and Crazy Plants at Bellingrath:” There are so many unusual and special things growing in the Gardens! Join Executive Director Dr. Todd Lasseigne, who has taken numerous plant-finding expeditions all over the world, to learn more about the exotics that thrive in our Gulf Coast climate.