Linda and Jerry's 2016 Summer Trip travel blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is called the great lawn.

 

 

 

 

View of the Fowl River.

 

Mrs. Bellingrath collected porcelain objects. I spied a cocker spaniel in one...

A friendly family asked me to take their picture and so I...

 

This is the view of the house from the water side.

Mirror Lake

Hydrangias in this hot climate!


We had a real treat this morning with a visit to Bellingrath Gardens and Home. It's June and the flowers are gorgeous in the gardens. The house was an unexpected surprise as each item in the house and the architectural features were fabulous.

Walter Bellingrath was an early investor in the Coca Cola Company, buying a franchise in the early 1900s and holding a franchise for over 50 years.

He began to have health issues. His doctor recommended he buy a fish camp that he had been looking at and learn how to play. With the work of Walter and his wife Bessie, the fishing camp turned into one of the premier gardens in the country.

The gardens first became public in 1932 when the Bellingraths put an ad in the Mobile newspapers inviting people to come out on a Sunday afternoon to see the spring flowers. Over 4,700 people took them up on the invitation and soon afterward the couple decided to open the gardens to the public which continues to this day.

The gardens are the main feature of the property, which is on the Fowl River, an estuary that flows into Mobile Bay. The gardens are predominant as the house they built in the mid-1930s is tucked away behind all the foliage. But what a delightful tour we had of the inside of the house as we saw beautiful rooms impeccably decorated. Unfortunately, taking photographs in the house was not permitted.

Mr. Bellingraph lived many years after his wife died. He left enough money to maintain the property "as a fitting and permanent memorial to my wife."

It was a feast for the eyes. Since we were finished touring the home and gardens by 11:30 a.m., the heat was bearable.

I hope you enjoy the photographs.

Tomorrow we drive north to Jackson, Mississippi where we will stay for two days.



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