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Roses at Bellingrath: Lots of tender, loving care

A rose is a rose is a rose -- and at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, each bloom represents months of patient, hands-on care from our longtime Rosarian, Linda Guy. From fertilizing to pruning to spraying, Linda keeps a meticulous schedule…

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The Gardens that Coke built: Mr. Bell’s Mobile franchise

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home In 1903, Walter Bellingrath and his brother, William, ventured into an exciting new enterprise when they purchased franchise rights to sell Coca-Cola in Alabama. The brothers bought the Montgomery franchise for…

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The Secret Garden: A new place of serenity

By Bill Barrick, Executive Director The new Secret Garden, which is under construction now, is located between the Rose Garden and The Great Lawn. Several years ago we planted “Tokyo Delight” hydrangeas in this area. After observing this little garden…

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At home on Ann Street: The Bellingraths’ life in Mobile

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home After Walter and Bessie Bellingrath's 1906 marriage, city directories show that they resided in a house at 108 St. Anthony Street. No photographs have been located of that house, but city…

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The art of Louise Estes: Capturing Bellingrath’s beauty

  By Sally Pearsall Ericson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations In the 1960s and 70s, artist Louise Estes was inspired by the beauty she found at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, where she meticulously recreated her favorite specimens of camellias, roses and other…

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Uncle of the Bride: A Bellingrath wedding in 1941

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home Although Walter and Bessie Bellingrath had no children of their own, they were richly blessed to be an important part of the lives of their many nieces and nephews. In 1976,…

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