Make plans to attend Mobile Gallery of Gardens 2015, presented by Mobile Botanical Gardens, May 1 and 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mobile Gallery of Gardens 2015, presented by Mobile Botanical Gardens, is Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Guests can tour six private Mobile gardens filled with Spring beauty.
Advance $20 tickets can be purchased online at MobileBotanicalGardens.org or at several ticket outlets, including A Bloom Nursery, B&B Pet Stop, Blair's Nursery on Dawes Lane, Carpe Diem, Elizabeth's Garden, Page & Palette, Spring Hill Ace Hardware, Wild Birds Unlimited and Zimlich's Patio and Garden Center or at Mobile Botanical Gardens and MarketPlace, 5151 Museum Drive in Langan Park. Tickets are $25 each on day of event; group rates are available.
One of the gardens is on Chaleston Oaks Drive East in west Mobile. It features an abundance of colorful flowers for the pleasure of hummingbirds and butterflies, and seven cheerful bird houses for feathered inhabitants. The garden, designed and planted by the owners, offers outdoor extended living all year long.
On Magnolia Road in Midtown, a "garden with personality" offers a treasure of heirloom plantings, art and personal nostalgia, from the patio bricks salvaged from a family home to the pieces of old utility and decorative iron that harken to simpler times, according to Gallery tour organizers.
The other four gardens are in Spring Hill. On Ursaline Drivc, a tropical paradise backyard garden has gingers and fruiting trees surrounding the pool and meditation house. In Country Club Estates, an orderly backyard boasts a dramatic sculpture garden. At another Spring Hill home, this one on Old Shell Road, guests can enjoy the beauty of the well-planned hardscape, which includes a classical Parterre Garden and spacious historic pool.
On Batre Lane, tourists can delight in the beautifully appointed Southern porches surrounding the historic home, which demonstrates how the owners' talented design and garden skill have preserved, while updating, with breathtaking results.
Those making the tour of the Gallery of Gardens are encouraged to end their day by visiting Mobile Botanical Gardens, where the MarketPlace will be open offering plants for their own gardens, and enjoy the recent renovations at the Gardens.