SPRING IS HERE- LET US CHEER!

Spring has sprung in Mobile, with events galore!

Check them out!

Thursday-Sunday, March 23-26: Festival of Flowers, Providence Hospital Campus. The 24th Annual Festival of Flowers will take place on the Providence Hospital Campus from Thursday, March 23, through Sunday, March 26. The theme is “Wildly Whimsical,” and the central showcase by Bellingrath Gardens and Home will feature a scene from  the Dr. Seuss book “The Lorax,” with Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans and Humming-Fish. The Mobile Botanical Gardens Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the gate ($13 for seniors and military). Hours are Thursday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, or to order tickets, visit festivalofflowers.com. For information on special group packages to visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home during the Festival of Flowers weekend, visit bellingrath.org.

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Saturday, April 1: 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show, Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Enjoy a display of hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles on Saturday, April 1, as Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show on the Great Lawn. It’s all for a good cause, too; proceeds from car registrations will go to Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly Bay Area Food Bank) and the Autism Society of Alabama. Admission is $13 for adults and $7.50 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the Gardens. To register a car, visit the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s website, mobilebaymustangclub.org. For details about the Camellia Classic Car Show, visit www.bellingrath.org.

Friday, April 7: 85th Anniversary of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Walter and Bessie Bellingrath developed the beautiful property now known as Bellingrath Gardens from a rustic fishing camp purchased in 1918. Over the years, more and more friends and family members would venture to the property to admire the gardens. On April 6, 1932, Walter Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile Register, inviting the public to tour the Gardens the next day. The Bellingraths were stunned by the response: Nearly 4,700 visitors arrived, causing a huge traffic jam. The couple decided to keep the Gardens open to the public and to charge a small admission fee. Life at their idyllic Fowl River retreat would never be the same. To celebrate this milestone, guests are invited to enjoy the Gardens on April 7, 2017, at a special admission rate of $8.50 per person. Other surprises will be in store! Join us on this special day in the history of Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

Saturday, April 8: Easter Egg Hunt on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Hop on down to Bellingrath for a morning of Easter fun with our annual Easter Egg Hunts! Thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn for children to collect, and there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets. There will be three hunts for different age groups. After the egg hunts, families are encouraged to enjoy other Easter activities within the Gardens. Admission is $13 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-12 will be charged. Children ages 4 and younger are always admitted free. For details, visit www.bellingrath.org.

Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunrise Service at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. As the sun rises over Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Easter Sunday, guests are invited to a special Sunrise Service on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone in the community. There is no admission charge. A limited number of chairs will be set up and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. After the service, breakfast will be available for purchase in the Magnolia Café. In the case of inclement weather, the service will be moved indoors into the Magnolia Café.

Friday, April 28: “Invasive Exotics” lecture with  Fred Nation. Come out to Mobile Botanical Gardens to hear from Botanist and Author, Fred Nation as part of the Mobile Botanical Garden’s 2017 Lecture series. To reserve your spot, call (251)342-0555.

Friday, May 12: National Public Gardens Day. This is a day to recognize the importance of public gardens in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness. At Bellingrath, we’ll offer a special behind-the-scenes tour of our Production Greenhouses, conducted by our Horticulture Management Team. Find out how we grow the signature displays that provide beauty to more than 110,000 visitors each year. The one-hour tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and is included in the regular Gardens admission of $13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members or for children ages 4 and younger. Registration is requested; to register, call 251-973-2217.

Friday, May 12: “Paleobotanical Discoveries in Alabama” lecture with Dr. Brian Axsmith. Come to Mobile Botanical Gardens to hear from Head of Botany at the University of South Alabama, as part of the Mobile Botanical Garden’s 2017 Lecture Series.  To reserve your spot, call (251)342-0555.

Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Garden Concert, Bellingrath Gardens and Home. The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra will present our annual Mother’s Day Concert at 1 p.m. (The earlier time will allow members of the orchestra to attend a graduation ceremony later that same day.) Bring Mom to enjoy music in the beautiful surroundings of the Gardens! Limited seating is available, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Guests are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch; beverages and snacks will be available to purchase. The concert is included in the regular Gardens admission of $13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members or for children ages 4 and younger.

Saturday, May 20: Mrs. Bellingrath’s Birthday Celebration, Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Born on May 20, 1878, Bessie Morse Bellingrath left an enduring legacy of beauty in the Gardens and Home she created. Guests are invited to join Museum Director Tom McGehee as he conducts a special tour of the Bellingrath Museum Home, with an emphasis on Bessie Bellingrath’s favorite collectibles. Tickets are $21 for adults and $13 for ages 5-12. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop for the annual “Buy Like Miss Bessie” sale!

Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Gallery of Gardens, presented by Mobile Botanical Gardens. Volunteers with the Mobile Botanical Gardens carefully select some of the city’s most interesting and elaborate gardens, and help dress them up for the annual Gallery of Gardens. Private gardens in the historic districts of Church Street East, Oakleigh, and DeTonte Square in the City of Mobile will be open to the public for tours. See beautiful gardens, stunning outdoor art and gracious Southern style. To order tickets, visit www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org; tickets will also be available at select Mobile outlets during the month of April. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

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Christenberry at the Museum!

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“This is and always will be where my heart is. It is what I care about. Everything I want to say through my work comes out of my feelings about that place–its positive aspects and its negative aspects.” – William Christenberry

This sentiment, expressed by the artist William Christenberry (1936 – 2016) in an interview with American Suburb X about working in his home state of Alabama, is central to the Mobile Museum of Art’s new exhibition, CHRISTENBERRY: In Alabama. The exhibition honors Christenberry’s lifelong “love affair” with the rural South, his sense of home and family, and the various Alabama institutions’ dedicated support of the artist and his work—an all too perfect way to kick off Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration.

Hailed as “one of the most respected and influential artists of the modern South,” by the Washington Post and the artist whose iconic photographs have been described by Walker Percy as a “poetic evocation of a haunted countryside,” William Christenberry has received national recognition for his work, even though its subject matter stays within the state lines. Christenberry lived and taught in Washington D.C., but he made annual pilgrimages back to Alabama to make his iconic work.

The exhibition at MMofA feels as if you are walking through an intimate portrait of the artist, his personal relationship with his family, and his professional one with the various Alabama institutions who collected his work; but it is also a tribute to the state itself, its past—both good and bad—and hopeful future.

CHRISTENBERRY: In Alabama is now on view at Mobile Museum of Art through June 4, 2017. For hours and information, go to http://www.mobilemuseumofart.com.