August 1969: Remembering Hurricane Camille

  • August 17, 2018

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home Mobilians on Saturday, August 16, 1969, awoke to a front page story about a hurricane named Camille. Long before Doppler Radar and spaghetti models, a simply drawn map carried the notation…

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Then and now: The Bellingrath Gift Shop

  • May 18, 2018

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home After Walter Bellingrath’s death in 1955, his home was opened for public tours, while the adjoining Lodge was converted into a gift shop.  The Gardens had previously sold souvenir items at…

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A rare sight: The Ponytail Palm in bloom

  • May 4, 2018

By Dr. Bill Barrick, Executive Director Blooming in the Conservatory now is a mature specimen of Ponytail Palm, Beaucarnea recurvata.  As best as we can tell, this is the first time we have observed flower spikes on our specimen.  There…

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Azaleas: ‘The flaming drama of the South’

  • March 13, 2018

  By Dr. Bill Barrick, Executive Director Azaleas have been synonymous with Bellingrath Gardens and Home since its earliest beginnings in 1919, when Walter Bellingrath purchased what was then a rustic fishing camp on Fowl River. His wife, Bessie, who…

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