pictured is one of several small lakes and ponds in the 65 acre garden. these ponds are used to inhance the flower displays.
bellingrath gardens are set on 65 acres of small hills, ponds, and marsh land. bellingrath gardens are planned to have flowers blooming year round. since bellingrath is one of the finest azalea gardens in america i would suggest visiting in late march or early april. call their toll free number to find out when the azalea's will be in full bloom.
the bellingrath home located in the middle of bellingrath gardens is open to the public for a fee. this 1935 home is on the national list of historic places. you have several options when visiting bellingrath. you can buy a ticket to tour the gardens, the home, and a river cruise on the fowl river together or just buy a ticket for one of the attractions. the gardens are the must see attraction of bellingrath. if you have time i would also tour the home. see their website for more information.
We ate before we left Dauphin Island because I wasn't sure if we would get to Bellingrath Gardens in time to eat at the cafe. And sure enough, it was closed when we got there at 10 of three.
If it had been earlier, we could have had soup ($2.95), salads $2.95 to $3.95), sandwiches ($4.95), drinks ($1.00) and desserts ($1.50) starting at 11:00 a.m. The Café also offers afternoon refreshments and snacks
Up until April 2006, when I visited a garden I always looked for a gift for my mom with the iris flower on it. When I was at Bellingrath Gardens, I bought her a T-shirt. Unfortunately, she went into the hospital just before I got home, and although I gave her the T-shirt, she died very shortly thereafter. I gave the T-shirt (photo 5) to the American Iris Society for their auction by which they raise money for the society. The AIS was one of my mom's favorite organizations.
What to buy: Their shop website says: "a variety of gift and souvenir merchandise specializing in Coca-Cola, gardening accessories and porcelain treasures. Throughout the year, the Gift Shop features gifts and accessories to compliment what is in bloom throughout the Gardens. From seasonal plants to rose gloves, from Mother's and Father's Day gifts to the perfect holiday gift and everywhere in between, the Bellingrath Gift Shop has a wonderful display of gift merchandise. "
It does not appear to be available on-line.