Bellingrath Gardens
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road
Theodore, AL, 36582

Latitude: 30.431518
Longitude: -88.139407

While many people might forget it as a great place for tourism, Alabama & Mississippi both have some of the most beautifully scenic settings and locales east of the Mississippi River.

Located just off the Gulf Coast are the very beautiful and well-maintained Bellingrath Gardens and Home, which just goes to prove that point. Being crowned Winner of 2004's Best Public Rose Garden doesn’t begin to describe the 65 acres of gardens. Bellingrath is so much more with beautiful bridges, lakes, and year-round blooming of all kinds. So many blooms in fact, that have an annual schedule so guests can plan if they have a specific bloom they want to see when visiting.

Back in 1917, on the advice of his doctor Walter Bellingrath bought a fishing camp where he could relax; and more importantly where his wife Bessie started some small gardens around the house & driveway into the property. Being frequent travelers, the Bellingraths got inspired by the gardens at European estates, and as such commissioned an architect to start an elaborate garden of their own.

In 1932, the Bellingraths offered a simple open invitation to the public to come and see the gardens and to everyone’s surprise over 5,000 Mississippians came to see their gardens, especially their many beautiful azalea bushes in full bloom.

Overwhelmed by the response, they soon opened the Gardens to the public for spring appreciation and two years later in 1934, opened the Gardens year-round because as Mr. Bellingrath often said; the Gardens are like a beautiful woman with a different dress for each week of the year.