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Wonderful Wednesdays

Wednesdays from June 3 to July 29, 2020

Who knew that summertime Wednesdays could be so wonderful? Join us this June and July for Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a fun, informative series on gardening, history and more. (Please note: These events are scheduled in anticipation of modified guidelines related to the Covid-19 health crisis and are subject to change.)

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are $14 for adults, $8 for children and free for Friends of Bellingrath members and children ages 4 and younger. Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will begin in the Magnolia Café.

Please note that space is limited and that reservations are required to attend. To make a reservation, or for more information, please call 251-459-8868.

Wonderful Wednesdays Printable Schedule

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DateProgramTimeRegistration Information
June 3Summer Garden Walk: Join Bellingrath’s Horticultural Management Team for a guided tour of the Gardens to see our wonderful summer displays, floral borders and new additions. Stay for lunch in our Magnolia Café and check out our new merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop.10:30 to
11:30 a.m.
Free for members;
$14.00 for non-members;
$8.00 for kids 5-12; free for kids under 5.
Reservations required.
June 10The Bellingrath Collection: Provenance: Provenance is defined as the origin, derivation or source of an object. After Bessie Bellingrath’s death in 1943, Walter Bellingrath knew little if anything about all those antiques his wife had accumulated. He hired an antique dealer friend of Mrs. Bellingrath’s to come in and inventory her collection. That document reveals numerous background tales of many of the objects guests admire in the Bellingrath Home more than 75 years later. The geography alone is intriguing, with pieces collected from Natchez, Miss., to Apalachicola, Fla. Join Museum Home Director Tom McGehee for a closer look at various treasures in the collection and the interesting stories behind them.10:30 to 11:30 a.m.Free for members;
$14.00 for non-members;
$8.00 for kids 5-12; free for kids under 5.
Reservations required.
June 17Garden Strategies: A Calendar Year of Planning, Planting and Pruning: Join Chuck Owens, Horticultural and Operations Director, to walk through a year of planting and tending your yard and garden. Questions are encouraged!10:30 to 11:30 a.m.Free for members;
$14.00 for non-members;
$8.00 for kids 5-12; free for kids under 5.
Reservations required.
June 24Create a Terra Cotta Wreath, with Ann Moody: Learn how to make a terra cotta plant wreath with Ann Moody, a gardener at Bellingrath and one of the featured experts on the “Southern Gardening” series on NBC-15. Ann, a former florist, will show you how to create a one-of-a-kind terra cotta wreath and change out the plants for a year-round display. All supplies are included. This session requires an extra fee to cover the costs of supplies. 6:30 to 8 p.m.Members and non-members: $25.
Reservations required.
July 1NO PROGRAM — HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
July 8Author Dr. Larry Krumenaker: The author of “Nine Days Traveling: Lafayette’s 1825 Alabama Tour, Today’s Historical Road Trip,” will discuss the Marquis de Lafayette's visit to Mobile and the Gulf Coast. After his talk, Dr. Krumenaker will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase in the Gift Shop.10:30 to 11:30 a.m.Free for members;
$14.00 for non-members;
$8.00 for kids 5-12; free for kids under 5.
Reservations required.
July 8Sky Talk with Dr. Larry Krumenaker: In this highly interactive session, Dr. Krumenaker will have everybody take part in a Human Solar System to find out how the planets *really* sort themselves out and easy ways to find them. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars and telescopes in order to take part in Dr. Krumenaker's "how to use them" clinic. After the program, weather permitting, guests will walk to the Great Lawn to view planets and constellations. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.Free for members;
$14.00 for non-members;
$8.00 for kids 5-12; free for kids under 5.
Reservations required.
July 15Kids Gulf Discovery Day: Learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Gulf Coast from a variety of environmental organizations. The Environmental Studies Center will bring their Raptor Road Show to
engage and educate guests about the wonders of native birds of prey. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab's scientists will be on hand with their Touch Tables, displaying the amazing creatures of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors may also take a 25-minute guided cruise along the beautiful Fowl River with our friends from WildNative Delta Safaris! Space is limited and reservations are required for the cruises, so be sure to make your reservations early.
9 a.m. to noon
Free for members;
$14.00 for nonmembers;
$8.00 for children ages 5-12;
free for children ages 4 and younger.

Cruise with WildNative Delta Safaris (optional): $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 0-12.
Cruise times are 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.; noon; and 12:30 p.m.
Cruise reservations
required.
July 22Paint Party at Bellingrath: Paint your favorite Bellingrath Gardens scenes and flowers during this special evening Paint Party. Artists Renee Wallace and Janie Brown will paint with you, step by step. You may choose to freestyle paint a blank canvas, or a pre-sketched Bellingrath Gardens scene on a 12 x 16' canvas panel. All supplies are included. This session requires a fee of $30 to cover the costs of supplies. 6 to 8 p.m.Members and non-members: $30.

Ages 6 and Up
Reservations required.
July 29Christmas In July Workshop: Learn how to create your own Magic Christmas in Lights set piece from members of Bellingrath's light crew! Guests may select a metal frame created by our team and then learn how to attach lights to decorate the piece. We will have two classes: A Beginners Class with a choice of a Tree or Star set piece; and (new this year) an Advanced Class that will decorate a snowflake with animated lights. The Advanced Class is open to those who have already taken the Beginners Class in a previous session. All materials will be supplied and are included in the cost of the program. A salad/sandwich boxed lunch is also included.10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Reservations required.
Beginners Class Fees:
Members, $60; non-members, $74.
Advanced Class Fees:
Members, $80; Non-members, $94.