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Remembering “Miss Bessie”

Bessie Morse Bellingrath, "Miss Bessie," died unexpectedly at age 64 on Feb. 15, 1943, only seven years after she and her husband, Walter D. Bellingrath, moved into their new home on the Fowl River, now known as the Bellingrath Home.…

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Camellias, “the aristocrat of Bellingrath Gardens”

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home Bellingrath Gardens is known for its beautiful blooming seasons in spring and summer, but its camellias are the true hallmark of winter. When Bessie Bellingrath and architect George B. Rogers were…

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The “Chrysanthemum Wedding” of 1906

  By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home Bellingrath Gardens and Home has been known for its spectacular November chrysanthemum shows for decades. That celebration of autumn would have a special meaning to Walter and Bessie Bellingrath, who…

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