The fun, informative "Wonderful Wednesdays" series at Bellingrath Gardens and Home includes lectures and workshops to help Gulf Coast gardeners and enthusiasts make the most of this area's extended growing season. Each workshop covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home and includes tips for making a private garden more spectacular.
Bellingrath Gardens Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Sally Ericson, said, "We have an exciting lineup of speakers and topics on the schedule, including workshops on how to cultivate 'Great Plants that Nobody’s Growing' with Steve Bender, Garden Editor of Southern Living Magazine; 'Protecting Pollinators' with Harvey Cotton, Horticultural Consultant and 'The Moonlit Garden' with Scott Ogden, author, horticulturist and garden designer."
Below is a very brief outline of activities on the schedule of Wonderful Wednesdays, from June 3 through July 29. A more detailed description of each week's event will be included in this blog or can be found at www.bellingrath.org. For other information, visit that site or call 251-973-2217. Unless otherwise noted, fees are $12.50 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-12 and free for members and ages 4 and younger. Except for Kids Gulf Discovery Day, Wonderful Wednesdays are scheduled 10:30-11:30 a.m.
June 3: Summer Garden Walk: Join Bellingrath Horticulture Managers for a guided tour of the Gardens; .June 10: George Rogers, Bellingrath’s architect: Join Cartledge Blackwell, Architectural Historian at Mobile Historic Development Commission, for a discussion about George Rogers, the architect of Bellingrath Gardens and the Bellingrath Home; June 17: Building the Bellingrath Home; June 24: “The Disturbingly Dissed Dozen: Great plants that nobody’s growing”; July 8: Succulent Gardening on Moss Wreaths and Picture Frames; July 15: Protecting Pollinators in your Garden; and July 29: “The Moonlit Garden” lecture and book-signing with Join Scott Ogden, author, horticulturalist and garden designer.
July 22, 9 a.m.-noon is Kids Gulf Discovery Day. Children will learn all about the environment of our region from local experts and organizations, including the Winged Ambassadors with their fabulous birds for special presentations, Ericson said, adding, "We will also have cruises along Fowl River with Delta Safaris." Fees for the cruise with Delta Safaris are $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-12.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is operated by the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the 65-acre garden and estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. For more information, visit www.bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.
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