Denny Schrock

holiday lights at bellingrath gardens

I recently traveled to Mobile, Alabama as a guest of the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau. My major interest in participating in the trip was to see Bellingrath Gardens and Home, but I was also pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of attractions available within walking distance of the tour group headquarters, the historic downtown Battle House Hotel. The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center delighted with its interactive display about the human body and petting zoo of Australian animals that tied in with the IMAX presentation on the Australian Outback. The Museum of Mobile provided great historical context for this first capital of New France and original home of Mardi Gras in the New World. The Dauphin Street Historic District Walking Tour showcased dozens of historic buildings, including a couple of the restaurants where the group dined, Wintzell’s Oyster House, and Spot of Tea.

But the highlight of the tour for me had to be the gardens and displays at Bellingrath. Fellow garden communicator Sharon Asakawa and I arrived ahead of the main tour group so that we could spend some time viewing and photographing the late fall chrysanthemum displays, formal rose garden, and other gorgeous plantings before darkness fell. After a tour of the mansion, we returned to a magically transformed landscape decked out with more than three million holiday lights in 950 displays. Pictured below are just a few of them. The holiday light display at Bellingrath Gardens and Home continues through December 31.

The courtyard in the Bellingrath home featured cascading chrysanthemums on the balcony and scrolled ironwork typical of historic buildings in Mobile.

The terrace garden features bluestone pavers that originally were used as sidewalks in downtown Mobile.

This Chicago Peace rose was in near perfect condition.

After dark, the rose garden is transformed by its glowing gazebos and uplit fountain.

Triangular trees and sparkling snowflakes create a postcard scene on the lawn.

I really thought that the train engine should have been labeled BH&G rather than BG&H!

The stockings are hung by the chimney.

Clusters of holly leaves and berries line a walkway.

2 Responses to “ holiday lights at bellingrath gardens ”

  1. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. You have an open invitation anytime you would like to come to Mobile or Bellingrath again. Spring is a great time for azaleas!

  2. [...] For a more formal garden experience in the Mobile Bay area, be sure to visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home. I wrote about it several weeks ago. Here’s a link to that post. [...]