Tickets are $20 each in advance and $25 on the day of the event; group rates are available.Tickets can be purchased online at www.MobileBotanicalGardens.org or at Mobile Botanical Gardens and MarketPlace, 5151 Museum Drive in Langan Park. Other ticket outlets include 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.
Below is a short look at what those attending the Gallery of Gardens can look for:
On Charleston Oaks Drive East in west Mobile sits a lovely contemporary home on a hill with a view over the trees. The property is accented in front and back with river rock beds, and the back courtyard garden has a memorable pergola with three small stained glass windows that allow for the afternoon sun to shine through and accent the statuary.
On Midtown Mobile's Magnolia Road is a Southern vernacular home and grounds where heritage perennials, such as four o'clocks and old roses, create an inviting cottage garden. A "found art" trail highlights the property.
Spring Hill is rich in gardens, old and contemporary. On Ursuline Drive is one planted with old roses, sages and clematis c. Viticello and a year-round cutting garden that is fragrant and maintained using organic techniques. Included among the clematis and roses are tree lilies and gardenias.
On Hillwood Road in Country Club Estates is a contemporary garden with a sweeping color mass of roses accented by striking water features and a whimsical Berlin Bear, who graciously welcomes guests. And on Old Shell Road on an historic property is a "Garden in Progress," where tour guests are invited by the owners to view the project from the ground up, with a promise of opening the grounds again to the Gallery tour when it is completed in the future.
Batre Lane gives "tourists" a view of a gracious heritage Spring Hill garden, where they can stroll through the garden rooms, heirloom trees and shrubs, water features and sculptures, all under the graceful embrace of century-old oaks and magnolias.
Those making the tour of the Gallery of Gardens are encouraged to conclude 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.