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Winter Wednesdays

January 4 – February 15, 2023

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. (Registration fee required for both members & non-members for January 18)

Reservations are required for each program. To make a reservation, please call 251-459-8868 or email hlindsey@bellingrath.org.

2023 Schedule

January 11 - Southern Plants: Past, Present, and Future with F. Todd Lasseigne, Ph.D.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

What makes a Southern garden Southern? Is it an old favorite plant or two? A plant from your grandmother? An “heirloom” plant – whatever that means?! Or, does it relate to plants that grow in our zone but not further north in colder areas? Is it related to “old-ness” or “new-ness,” or does that even matter? Whether native or exotic, exuberant or achingly slow-growing, the latest-and-greatest razzle-dazzle plant or the tried-and-true, let’s learn about Southern gardens both in terms of where they were and where they’re going.

Free for Members | $15 for Non-Members | Reservations Required

January 18 - Vegetable Seed Starting 101 with an Introduction to Microgreens

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Join Melissa Wells as she leads you through the process of starting seeds for your upcoming vegetable garden with an introduction to Microgreens. This class will cover everything you need to know to start, grow, and transplant seedlings.

$30 Registration Fee | Reservations Required | Limited Availability

January 25 - George B. Rogers: A Look at His Designs and the Clients Behind Them

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Architect George B. Rogers arrived in Mobile in 1901 and began a practice that would end during World War II. The majority of his creations have stood the test of time including Bellingrath Gardens and the Bellingrath Home.

Architectural historian and Carnival Museum curator Cart Blackwell will discuss the architect and his wide array of designs while Bellingrath’s Tom McGehee will discuss the clients behind those structures and delve into their sometimes very colorful histories.

Free for Members | $15 for Non-Members | Reservations Required

February 1 - Winter Garden Walk

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

There is always
something blooming at Bellingrath Gardens! Learn about the interesting winter borders and containers throughout the Gardens from Bellingrath’s
Horticulture staff.

Free for Members | $15 for Non-Members | Reservations Required

February 8 - Roses at Bellingrath Gardens with Bonnie Colf

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Bonnie will teach us a brief history of roses and show us how to care for roses year round. Bring all your questions and join Bonnie for a
discussion on classification of roses and tips for rose care.

Free for Members | $15 for Non-Members | Reservations Required

February 15 - Incorporating Mobile’s Facts into Fiction with Author Carrie Dalby

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Incorporating Mobile’s Facts into Fiction: Join author Carrie Dalby as she journeys into Mobile’s colorful past to uncover insight and inspiration for fascinating historical fiction set in the Mobile Bay area. The splendor of Mardi Gras, high fashion, and progressive architecture mix with nature’s fury, disasters, disease, and strict societal regulations that ruled life a
century ago.

Free for Members | $15 for Non-Members | Reservations Required

February 22 - Ash Wednesday (No Program)