The Bellingrath Rose Garden
The Bellingrath Rose Garden was constructed in 1936 in the shape of the Rotary Club emblem. Mr. Bellingrath was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Mobile, which began in 1914. He had the garden planted as a tribute to the Rotary’s ideals in the shape of the lapel pin he always wore.
The Rose Garden contains more than 2,000 plants representing 36 varieties. The first full rose bloom generally occurs in late April, weather permitting. Although the roses continuously bloom throughout the summer, another peak occurs in November. Typically, the roses will stay in bloom until the first frost.
Below are the varieties in the Bellingrath Rose Garden.
This Grandiflora features dark-red buds that open to swirls of cream-edged and vibrant cherry pink petals.
This Floribunda rose cultivar was created by de Ruiter Innovations in Belgium in 1963 and named an All-America Rose Selection in 1968.
This is one of the most hardy hybrid tea roses. It was hybridized in 1991 and introduced to the U.S. market in 1999.
This Hybrid Tea, introduced in Denmark in 1984, has full, double blooms with a velvety texture.
This Hybrid Tea was created in 1991 and named for the late Louise Coley Estes, an award-winning botanical artist from Mobile, Ala.
This fragrant pink Hybrid Tea, introduced in 2004, is an All American Rose Selections winner and thrives in the heat.
This Floribunda has white petals with cherry red edges and is a shorter variety, only reaching 2 to 3 feet in height. It was introduced in 1985.
Outta the Blue
This hardy Shrub rose, introduced in 2000), features clusters of blooms with a light scent.
Pope John Paul II
This white Hybrid Tea cultivar was developed by Jackson & Perkins in 2013, and named in honor of Pope John Paul II.
This award-winning Hybrid Tea was introduced in 1999. It has a light, raspberry scent.