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Get to know Executive Director F. Todd Lasseigne

By Sally Pearsall Ericson Director of Marketing and Public Relations For the first time since 1999, a new captain is taking the helm at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Dr. F. Todd Lasseigne, the former President and CEO at Tulsa Botanic…

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Hear the voice of Walter D. Bellingrath in 1953

By Sally Pearsall Ericson Director of Marketing and Public Relations On March 12, 1953, Walter D. Bellingrath gave a speech in Montgomery, Ala., to commemorate the 50th anniversary celebration of the city's Coca-Cola franchise. Mr. Bellingrath and his older brother,…

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Bellingrath Gardens and Home has a new Executive Director

By Sally Pearsall Ericson Director of Marketing and Public Relations On July 23, 2020, the Trustees of the Bellingrath Morse Foundation announced that Bellingrath Gardens and Home had hired Dr. F. Todd Lasseigne as Executive Director. Dr. Lasseigne (pronounced “Lah-SANG”)…

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Kitchenware in the Bellingrath Home

By Tom McGehee Museum Home Director Following Mrs. Bellingrath’s death in 1943, Walter Bellingrath hired a local antiques dealer to inventory the contents of his home.  Nell Curran had sold Mrs. Bellingrath a number of pieces in the collection and…

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Furnishing a dream home at Belle Camp

By Tom McGehee Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home Walter Bellingrath always wanted his guests at his "Belle Camp" retreat to sign in on old hotel-type registers. (The practice continues to this day.) In the 1936 register, an entry written…

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Postcards from Bellingrath, Spring 1939

By Tom McGehee Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home Picture postcards are a 20th-century creation. In 1898, the U.S. Congress passed the Private Mailing Card Act, which allowed private firms, rather than just the Postal Service, to print postcards. Soon…

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Native azaleas on the Gulf Coast

By Dr. Bill Barrick Executive Director Emeritus Bellingrath Gardens and Home is known for its massive plantings of evergreen Southern Indica azaleas, but Gulf Coast gardeners also enjoy the blooms of native deciduous azaleas. Within the U.S., there are at…

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