Azalea Bloom Out at Bellingrath Gardens and Home as shared by Bellingrath Gardens and Home
It's an early spring at Bellingrath Gardens and Home! Our guests are enjoying the blooms of more than 250,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion of color throughout the 65-acre estate. The annual Azalea Bloom Out goes back to Bellingrath's earliest beginnings in 1938, when Walter Bellingrath purchased a rustic fishing camp on Fowl River. His wife, Bessie, who loved gardening, wanted to beautify the property and relied on old-growth azaleas as a starting point. Ever since, Bellingrath Gardens has been synonymous with the Gulf Coast's beautiful azalea season.
Fun fact: Bessie Bellingrath's gardening skills also provided the spark that led to the creation of Mobile's famous Azalea Trail 88 years ago. The Bellingrath's neighbor across South Ann Street in Mobile, Sam Lackland, often observed the countless cars driving through their property to admire their azaleas each spring. Mr. Lackland was a retired hotel executive, and after a trip to Charleston one spring, he was told that the hotels were all booked because of tourists coming to see the azaleas. He returned to Mobile and approached the City Commission with the idea of establishing an Azalea Trail to attract tourists. With the help of the Junion Chamber of Commerce, Mobile's Azalea Trail was presented in the spring of 1929.
Today, visitors to Mobile may enjoy the newly reestablished Azalea Trail in Mobile and the Azalea Bloom Out at Bellingrath. The Azalea Watch page is updated daily on our website, bellingrath.org, to help guests plan a visit!
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.