Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens

winter colors

Even during the cold season, Bellingrath Gardens is filled with blooms and beauty! Mobile visitors are invited to join the Winter Wednesdays series in January and February for sessions on gardening, history and more.

Here’s the schedule:

January 27: Birding on the Gulf Coast

Dr. Mark LaSalle, Director of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, will tell guests how to identify birds along the Gulf Coast and how they can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Weather permitting, he will lead a bird walk through the Gardens.

February 3: John S. Sledge’s “The Mobile River” Lecture and Book Signing

Local historian and author John S. Sledge will discuss his new book, “The Mobile River.” His book is the first-ever narrative history of this important American watercourse and is also a historical saga of the river and the colorful characters that inhabit its shores and basin. After his presentation, Sledge will sign copies of his book, which will be available to purchase in the Gift Shop.

February 10: Raising Roses

Linda Guy, longtime Rosarian of Bellingrath’s award-winning Rose Garden, will show guests how to care for roses year-round and will give a demonstration of rose pruning techniques. Questions are encouraged! Books and supplies will be available in the Gift Shop.

February 17: Getting ready for Spring at Bellingrath Gardens

Executive Director Dr. Bill Barrick and Nursery Manager Chuck Owens will share their secrets of creating one of the prettiest seasons at Bellingrath. Find out how they grow their Easter lilies to be ready just in time for Easter! Guests will also get a preview of Bellingrath’s 2016 Festival of Flowers display. An exclusive tour of the Bellingrath greenhouses is included in the program.

February 24: Trailer McQuilkin’s “Wildflowers” Lecture and Book Signing

Discover the world of Ocean Springs artist Trailer McQuilkin’s “Wildflowers.” The artist uses copper, metal, oil paints and other natural materials to create exquisite sculptures that are a unique blend of artistry and technical skills. McQuilkin will share his recent works and new book, which guests may purchase in the Gift Shop.

Sounds great, right? For more information, visit or call 251.973.2217.

-Sally Ericson 


All-Star Senior Bowl Lineup

In just a few short days, the country’s best collegiate football seniors will arrive in Mobile for the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl!  The Gridiron Glory will take place on January 30 at a packed Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

And, when we say All-Star lineup, we mean it.

Take a look at the teams:

The North

The South 

I’m sure you noticed that we have the quarterback who led the Alabama Crimson Tide to a victory in this year’s College Football Playoffs National Championship, right?  That’s Jake Coker, one of our favorite Mobillians!

The players are indeed incredible. But, so are the coaches.

Senior Bowl 2016 coaches

We have Jason Garrett from the Dallas Cowboys coaching the North team and then Gus Bradley from the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching the South team. It should be quite the competitive match-up!

Aside from the actual game, there’s so many opportunities for fans to get some Senior Bowl action.  Check them out here -> SENIOR BOWL FAN EVENTS

All in all, it’s going to be yet another reason to celebrate being in Mobile!

Reese's Senior Bowl

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Mobile Mardi Gras Fun Facts

Originated in 1703, Mobile is THE birthplace of America’s original Mardi Gras.

Joe Cain is the man. He brought Mardi Gras back to life after the Civil War by leading an impromptu parade down the streets of Mobile. And, we’ve been doing it ever since.  He has a whole day dedicated to him during Mardi Gras. {We’ll come back to this at the end of this post}

From January 22 – February 9, over 40 parades will roll throughout the streets of Downtown Mobile.

Mardi Gras Day, held this year on February 9, is most often referred to as Fat Tuesday.

You can never wear too many beads around your neck. Consider this a challenge.

King Cakes are a special part of the Mobile Mardi Gras tradition. Our friends at the Mobile Mask describe it more like a brioche than an actual cake with the perfect amount of cinnamon. Watch out before you bite into a King Cake, there may be a coin, token or a tiny baby in your piece. If you get it, the next King Cake is on you!  We are lucky to have them in many forms including cake balls, ice cream and beignets.

MoonPies are the most coveted catch. They fly fast and taste like soft, marshmallow heaven.   They come in all shapes, sizes, flavors and taste exceptional when heated up in the microwave for 10 seconds!

Mobile Mardi Gras is fun but there just a couple of rules you’ll need to follow:

  2. Do not throw anything at the floats.
  3. Do not ignore the ‘No Parking’ signs.

We could keep going, but we know everyone is going to be perfect angels this year, right?! 

Joe Cain Day, held this year on February 7, is when Mobillians come alive in a way you need to see to believe. It’s a day where families, friends and everyone in between comes downtown to celebrate what our hero Joe Cain started all those years ago. Mobillians feel incredibly lucky to have Mardi Gras and on Joe Cain Sunday, you can feel it to be true.