Mobile Botanical Gardens

Prior to European settlement in the 1700’s, the land on which Mobile Botanical Gardens stands today was part of a vast longleaf pine forest. Because most of this land was logged in the early 1900’s, the 35 acre forest conservation area is considered second generation growth. The lake in Langan Park on the other side of Museum Drive was once Mobile’s water supply until the 1950’s, and the acreage surrounding the lake was restricted from development. In 1974 the South Alabama Horticultural & Botanical Society Inc. agreed to develop and maintain the current 100 acres as Mobile Botanical Gardens, and leases the land from the City of Mobile. As a private, non-profit organization, the MBG welcomes your support. Please help us continue our mission of education and conservation by paying admission or by becoming a member. Welcome to our living classroom.mobile botanical gardens 1You will find both natural and cultivated areas in Mobile Botanical Gardens. The Millie McConnell Rhododendron Garden contains over 300 species of azaleas, including natives and Satsuki hybrids. The Sawada WinterGarden was recently designated a “Garden of Excellence” by the International Camellia Society. Herbs, Japanese maples, roses and ferns also have special sections. Of particular pride to the gardens staff is the Longleaf Pine Forest, which fills with more returning species each year, including the gopher tortoise. Hike the trails in fall to see amazing native wildflowers.mobile botanical gardens 2Mobile Botanical Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and funding is mainly through contributions, grants, plant sales, and membership dues. It is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free.mobile botanical gardens 3Prior to European settlement in the 1700’s, the land on which Mobile Botanical Gardens stands today was part of a vast longleaf pine forest. Because most of this land was logged in the early 1900’s, the 35 acre forest conservation area is considered second generation growth.mobile botanical gardens 4Gardening expert Bill Finch says fall is the best time to plant for folks who garden on the Gulf Coast…even better than spring!  This year’s plant sale features beautiful azaleas, camellias, gardenias, hydrangeas, and much more.  Flowers, vegetables, and bushes all flourish in fall, and the plants at the Mobile Botanical Gardens sale are plants that will grow well here.mobile botanical gardens 5Please Respect Our Gardens Remember that this is the home to many animals, birds, and insects. – Please respect their habitat.   – Please do not try to pick them up or bring them ‘friends’ from outside the Gardens   – Please leave nothing but your footprints   – Please take only photos – do NOT take flowers, leaves or seeds   – Pets are welcome on leashes. Doggy stations are located around the Gardens, please use them   – Please stay on marked paths   – The paths at MBG are only for walking- Bikes may be left infront of the office.   – Do not smokemobile botanical gardens 6Visiting the Gardens Visitors are welcome to enjoy picnicking, birdwatching, hiking, walking, drawing, painting and photography in this lovely setting. Admission fee is $5 for non-members. Free admission for children 12 and under. Members of the MBG have free admission year round. Members of the American Horticultural Society Gardens participating in the reciprocal admissions program have free admission. Please have your membership cards available. Maps are available for self-guided tours. Several areas have stations with QR codes that you can scan to get access to an OnCell audio tour. Garden Map PDF Guided tour information is on the Guided Tours tab below Professional photography sessions must be scheduled in advance. Please see the Professional Photography Policy tab belowmobile botanical gardens 7Remember that this is the home to many animals, birds, and insects. – Please respect their habitat.   – Please do not try to pick them up or bring them ‘friends’ from outside the Gardens   – Please leave nothing but your footprints   – Please take only photos – do NOT take flowers, leaves or seeds   – Pets are welcome on leashes. Doggy stations are located around the Gardens, please use them   – Please stay on marked paths   – The paths at MBG are only for walking- Bikes may be left infront of the office.   – Do not smokemobile botanical gardens 8Professional Photography Policy Effective June 1, 2012 Visitors may take pictures throughout the Gardens for personal use and enjoyment. All professional photography sessions, unless part of an event taking place at the Gardens, must schedule a date and time with the MBG office. This includes engagement photos, wedding/bridal photos, and portraits. This policy applies to the entire MBG campus, including the front entrance area and the longleaf pine forest. To make an appointment, please call 342 0555 or email mbg2@bellsouth.net Full Photography Policy & Feesmobile botanical gardens 9Effective June 1, 2012 Visitors may take pictures throughout the Gardens for personal use and enjoyment. All professional photography sessions, unless part of an event taking place at the Gardens, must schedule a date and time with the MBG office. This includes engagement photos, wedding/bridal photos, and portraits. This policy applies to the entire MBG campus, including the front entrance area and the longleaf pine forest. To make an appointment, please call 342 0555 or email mbg2@bellsouth.net Full Photography Policy & Feesmobile botanical gardens 10Back by popular demand! Donna Camp and several of our great MBG volunteers have been working to bring together the historic districts for this revamped Gallery of Gardens. We will partner with Oakleigh, Church Street East, and DeTonti Square and will feature unique gardens, all within walking distance.mobile botanical gardens 11The Gardens team up with the Mobile County Master Gardeners to provide you with all your holiday decorating needs, from greenery wreaths & mail box toppers to a wonderful assortment of poinsettias and camellias. We also offer a unique collection of locally produced goods. Usually held in early December. Holiday Sale 2016: Friday and Saturday, December 2nd & 3rd Friday 9am-4pm Saturday 9am-1pmmobile botanical gardens 12Holiday Market The Gardens team up with the Mobile County Master Gardeners to provide you with all your holiday decorating needs, from greenery wreaths & mail box toppers to a wonderful assortment of poinsettias and camellias. We also offer a unique collection of locally produced goods. Usually held in early December. Holiday Sale 2016: Friday and Saturday, December 2nd & 3rd Friday 9am-4pm Saturday 9am-1pmmobile botanical gardens 13All professional photography sessions, unless part of an event taking place at the Gardens, must schedule a date and time with the MBG office. This includes engagement photos, wedding/bridal photos, and portraits. This policy applies to the entire MBG campus, including the front entrance area and the longleaf pine forest.mobile botanical gardens 14Visitors are welcome to enjoy picnicking, birdwatching, hiking, walking, drawing, painting and photography in this lovely setting. Admission fee is $5 for non-members. Free admission for children 12 and under. Members of the MBG have free admission year round. Members of the American Horticultural Society Gardens participating in the reciprocal admissions program have free admission. Please have your membership cards available. Maps are available for self-guided tours. Several areas have stations with QR codes that you can scan to get access to an OnCell audio tour. Garden Map PDF Guided tour information is on the Guided Tours tab below Professional photography sessions must be scheduled in advance. Please see the Professional Photography Policy tab belowmobile botanical gardens 15The Rhododendron Garden contains eight collections of approximately 1,000 evergreen and native azaleas. The plantings were newly installed in 2006 within an older azalea garden. The collections here include Encore, Harris, Holly Springs, Mobile, National Arboretum Kurumes, Nuccio, Robin Hill, and Southern Indica. This is the most comprehensive rhododendron collection anywhere along the Gulf Coast. Another area of special note is the Longleaf Pine Habitat, a preserved remnant of the great southern longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) ecosystem that once dominated the American South. It is an extremely diversified habitat with 49 vascular plant families, 159 vascular plant species, 72 woody species, and 21 naturalized species cataloged in May and June 2007. Installed in 2007, the Camellia Wintergarden is a collection of 500 camellias, 350 newly planted, with 75 planted over thirty years ago.mobile botanical gardens 16Union502 Norfolk, Virginia Level Contributor 27 reviews 16 attraction reviews 6 helpful votes “Love those Camellias!” Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile A huge collection of venerable plants, beautiful huge blooms growing unprotected (not in a greenhouse) makes this a fun winter destination. Labels would be helpful, not just for the Camellias, but in the other specialty areas, such as the fern garden. Staff are enthusiastic and helpful, seek one out if you need identification help. Helpful? Thank Union502 Reportmobile botanical gardens 17“Love those Camellias!” Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile A huge collection of venerable plants, beautiful huge blooms growing unprotected (not in a greenhouse) makes this a fun winter destination. Labels would be helpful, not just for the Camellias, but in the other specialty areas, such as the fern garden. Staff are enthusiastic and helpful, seek one out if you need identification help. Helpful? Thank Union502 Report

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