Category Archives: Outdoors

RTJ TRAIL TURNS 25!

Did you know that Mobile has championship golf courses right in its backyard?  Meet Magnolia Grove – a 54 hole beauty that’s carved through indigenous hardwood and pine. It’s a golfer’s paradise and one of the championship courses along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail {RTJ}.

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Nearly 12 million rounds of golf have been played on the RTJ Trail since opening 25 years  ago!

Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate Golf Tournament

To mark the 25th anniversary, a series of celebrations are taking place across the Trail, with the milestone being recognized at our very own, Magnolia Grove tomorrow {Thursday, June 15.}   And, in honor of this very important milestone – golfers will be able to play Magnolia Grove on Thursday, June 15 for $25, including cart.  {To make reservations call 251.645.0075.} 

RTJ’s 25th festivities will kick off at 11 am tomorrow with a news conference and celebration to follow!

Congratulations, RTJ Trail!!

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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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For the love of Pumpkins

It’s that time of year, y’all.  The time of year when the weather cools down, the colors begin to change and fall surrounds us.  It’s such a beautiful time of year!

When fall makes its appearance -the pumpkins come out to play. And, who doesn’t love pumpkins?

Before you start thinking this is going to be about pumpkin carving -we’ll stop you right there. It’s not. But, if you were excited about reading an article about pumpkin carving, we can help you there. Click here!

Now, back to our love for pumpkins. If you think about it, pumpkins are quite multi-purposeful. They are the essential item that completes your fall front porch decor, the key ingredient for your spiced latte and a perfect prop for the most adorable photo-op.

See what we mean?

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8 month old Cuyler at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch

If that sweet face doesn’t make you want to run to the nearest Pumpkin Patch, we just don’t know what will.

Here’s our Pumpkin Patch Round-Up:

Seward Farms Maze 

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Wales West 

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Christ United Methodist Church

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Thanks to our friends@ScenesoftheSouth for sharing this photo with us!

Dauphin Way United Methodist Church 

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Thanks to our friends @ScenesoftheSouth for sharing this photo with us!

It’s a special time in Mobile – we sure hope you’re enjoying it!

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Middle Bay Lighthouse Tour

This 4 hour narrated boat tour is something so special!

A little history lesson for you – Mobile’s Middle Bay Lighthouse is one of Alabama’s most interesting lighthouses. There are just a couple of screw-pile light-houses left at sea in the United States that still stand on piles screwed into a sandy, muddy bottom. The others have been moved ashore to protect them from the ravages of the sea.

Middle Bay Light is thought to be one of only a few such remaining lights still on the water!

So why not explore it? Take a tour and explore the waters of Mobile Bay’s Eastern Shore on a unique journey out to visit this relic that was once so crucial to sea-farers of the past.

Give the good folks at WildNative Delta Safaris a call and book your tour today!

http://www.5RDS.com

1-877-411-7232

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Splish, Splash!

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Quack Quack Quack—Gulf Coast Ducks is officially open!

Mobile’s newest attraction operates amphibious tour vehicles that provide an entertaining land and water tour for kids and adults alike!

The whole experience is all about entertainment, folks!  The energetic tour guides bring hilarity and fun to their interactive tour.  Trust us, you don’t want to miss out!

So, come on, hop aboard the Gulf Coast’s only land and water tour and experience Mobile Bay, the Mobile River, and Downtown Mobile like you’ve never seen them before.

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Gulf Coast Ducks take off from USS ALABAMA  Battleship Memorial Park and are open for tours 7 days a week!  Get your tickets, here!

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Before You Reach The Beach

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Heading to the beach this summer?  Need to stretch your legs? Instead of driving THROUGH Mobile this time, plan on stopping off for a bit to find out what this old city has new to offer. With the opening of GulfQuest National Maritime Museum last fall and great new exhibits at the Gulf Coast Exploreum and the History Museum of Mobile, an afternoon in downtown Mobile before you reach the beach is a perfect time to wait out the traffic and have family fun in the cultural center of the Gulf Coast.

 

Over a dozen new locally owned restaurants and shops have opened in the past few years in our historic downtown and entertainment district while favorite attractions like the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Mobile Carnival Museum, historic homes and other museums continue to provide one-of-kind experiences for every generation. There are now several city tour options (car, van, bus, historic trolley and -coming soon- duck boats!) that even let you cover more ground in a limited amount of time.

 

We know you’ll find enough to do to plan on a return trip to Mobile in the fall!

 

Start your trip at the historic Fort Conde Welcome Center, where friendly faces will be on hand seven days a week to distribute city vacation guides, brochures, maps and coupons – located on the corner of Church Street and Royal Street.

Gardening On The Gulf Coast

With the beautiful weather of spring, our thoughts turn to digging in the dirt! Bellingrath Gardens and Home has several events in May and June to help Gulf Coast gardeners with growing tips and long-range landscaping to create blooms and beauty all year long. Visit bellingrath.org for details! Here is the schedule of spring and summer events:

Friday, May 6: National Public Gardens Day. This event is celebrated nationwide on Friday, May 6, to promote public gardens’ important role in leading environmental stewardship and awareness. Bellingrath Gardens, one of the state’s oldest public gardens, will mark the occasion with special behind-the-scenes tours conducted by Bellingrath’s Horticultural Management Team. Our guests will find out how we grow our signature displays that provide beauty to more than 110,000 visitors every year. Two tours will be offered: A guided tour to the Bellingrath Greenhouses at 10 a.m., followed by a Garden Walk to discover our spring blooms at 11 a.m.; or a guided Greenhouse Tour at 2 p.m., followed by the Garden Walk at 3 p.m.

At Bellingrath, which opened to the public in 1932, visitors enjoy 1 ½ miles of paths lined with azaleas, camellias, magnificent oaks and magnolias, bamboo groves, spring flowers and much, much more. The Gardens also offer numerous opportunities for learning about horticulture and the environment of the Gulf Coast.

Wednesday, June 1: Summer Garden Walk. Join Bellingrath’s Horticultural Management Team at 10:30 a.m. for a guided tour of the Gardens to see our wonderful summer displays, floral borders and new additions. Stay for lunch in our Magnolia Café and check out our new merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop. The Garden Walk is the first of our Wonderful Wednesdays series in June and July.

Wednesday, June 15: Caring for Daylilies. John and Nancy Falck, owners of Hem Haven Daylily Nursery in Fairhope, will show our guests how to grow beautiful daylilies along the Gulf Coast. Join us at 10:30 a.m. as they share their best techniques to grow and maintain these attractive flowers. They will discuss a number of varieties and will have a selection for sale, too.

 Wednesday, June 22: Hydrangea Day. Bobby Green, owner of Green Nurseries in Fairhope, will introduce our guests to hydrangeas and viburnums, which often are presumed to be hydrangeas. Bring all your questions as Bobby will discuss how to best select and care for hydrangeas in your garden. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. Be sure to visit the Bellingrath Gift Shop, which will feature a sale of hydrangeas.  

 Wednesday, June 29: Cascade Chrysanthemums. Nursery manager Chuck Owens will let us in on the secrets of creating Bellingrath’s famous Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, the nation’s largest outdoor cascading chrysanthemum display, which graces the Gardens every fall. Participants will get a preview of what colors and shapes will be featured on bridges, balconies and in plantings throughout the Gardens this November. Plants will be available for guests who would like to try growing their own cascade at home. Weather permitting, an optional tour of the mum growing area will follow the program, which will begin at 10: 30 a.m.

-Submitted by Bellingrath Gardens and Home