Feb 28th, 2020
It was always on our bucket list to visit these gardens. Since we were very close and the right time of the year, we decided to go. The gardens are located just south of Mobile, AL. The fastest and fun way to get there was to take the ferry across from Fort Morgan to Daphne Island.
The gardens were started by Walter Bellingrath and his wife Bessie. He was one of the first Coca-Cola bottlers in the Southeast. The land was originally used by the family as a fishing camp. They later decided to create the gardens and built the mansion on the property where they lived permanently. The gardens opened to the public in 1932.
This link gives a detailed history of the park and home. We explored both the home and gardens.
The Oriental gardens
Azaleas and Camellias