Tour of K. Sawada Wintergarden, Mobile Botanical Gardens
Mobile Botanical Gardens is a delightful 100 acres of beautiful garden areas where you can enjoy the largest collection of plants on the Gulf Coast. The Garden is filled with comprehensive collections of Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Camellias, butterfly-pollinator gardens along with a longleaf pine forest. This tour will take you through the K.Sawada Wintergarden which has over 500 camellias and been named a “Garden of Excellence” by the International Camellia Society. While touring the K.Sawada Wintergarden check out the camellia maze created out of Camellia Sinensus. For more information about the gardens visit the website http://mobilebotanicalgardens.org
The “Rick Crow Camellia Garden” as people call it (not officially named) is a testament of Rick’s passion for camellias that kicked into high gear about 15 years ago. Rick, a forester by profession, enjoys managing the family timberland holdings. About 20 of those acres located on the western edge of Mobile is his “camellia playground.” There are over 400 plantings in and amongst a southern longleaf pine wooded landscape. Rick looks forward to hosting ACS convention visitors so they can see camellias indeed certainly put on a show outdoors as well as indoors. His garden is an example of how Alabama is blessed to have the longleaf pine as its state tree and the camellia as its state flower. You will see how the two complement each other so well in an outdoor wooded garden setting.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Nestled among Live Oaks, Spanish moss, the scenic Fowl River, the 65-acre estate garden of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath first opened to the public in April 1932. Designed by architect George Rogers, the Gardens features a formal Rose Garden, Asian-American Garden, formal terraces, and flower borders. Known for its winter-blooming camellias and spring blooming Indica azaleas. In November each year the Gardens stage the largest outdoor cascade mum display in the United States. In1953, Walter Bellingrath exclaimed his love of camellias by stating “The Camellia is the aristocrat of Bellingrath Gardens… You stand back and view the overall display of the single bush. Then approach a single blossom and take it gently in your hand for study. Look at the petals – their perfect formation and contemplate on you Creator’s handiwork.” Additional information can be found at the website: https://bellingrath.org/
Visit and Tour Cornerstone Gardens
Cornerstone Gardens is within walking distance of downtown Mobile, Alabama at 1066 Government Street, situated among the old homes and landscapes of the nationally-recognized Oakleigh Garden Historic District. Cornerstone Gardens is comprised of many gardens including a formal English garden of all white flowering plants and trees as well as a Japanese Woodlands garden containing many Japanese and Chinese varieties. Smaller gardens surround the British and Japanese gardens including the Blanding V. Drinkard Camellia Garden, and rose, shade, day lily, herb, fragrance and sedum gardens, all with representative plants. A large koi pond and other water features accentuate the space. The Gardens offer interesting and appealing natural beauty during all seasons. This green space, while private, is open to the public for no charge from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Visit us at cornerstonegarden.org.
Malbis Plantation was founded in 1906 by Jason Malbis, a Greek immigrant. The Malbis Nursery, a part of the Malbis Plantation, was established in 1928 and operated for 43 years, specializing in growing ornamental camellias and azaleas. At its closure in 1971, the nursery was one of the last large commercial enterprises of the Malbis Plantation. The nursery building, a fine example of Mediterranean architecture, remaining hothouse frames, and surrounding landscape are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Malbis Plantation Historic District. Today, the Malbis Nursery is used as a community center, wedding, and reception facility.
"Tour of Green Nurseries & Debra and Bobby Green's Private Garden
Debra and Bobby welcome you to their 13-acre growing site. Their nursery has been best described by them as a research and development hobby masquerading as a nursery. Green Nurseries was started in 1932 by Bobby’s father. Bob Sr. discovered camellias through his association with Tsukasa Kiyono and Kosaku Sawada. The tour will take you to the original Green Garden and you can see the 75-85 year old camellias, azaleas, and sweet olives growing there. Today the nursery focuses on the wholesale production of camellias and scarce native shrubs. A 25-year program of camellia hybridization has yielded numerous, popular Camellia sasanqua hybrids. You can find Green Nurseries on Facebook for additional information.
Nall Art Gallery Reception
Fred Nall Hollis was born in Troy, Alabama attended the University of Alabama and earned a B.A. Degree in Art with minors is Psychology and Political Science. Much of his career has been spent in Vence, France where he set up his studio and created the N.A.L.L. (Nature Art & Life League) Art Association. In 2000, Nall organized the Alabama Art Exhibit, highlighting 13 Alabama artists with the aid of the Montgomery Museum of Art and the Alabama State Council of Arts. His portraits of each of the artists are featured in a publication entitled Alabama Art. In 2007, Nall was named Alabama’s Distinguished Artist of the Year by the Alabama State Council of Arts. He set up his studio and gallery in Fairhope in 2005. Nall’s work is featured extensively by the RSA (Retirement Systems of Alabama) in the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama and also in the renovated Battle House Hotel in Mobile, Alabama. A series of Giclee prints of camellias collected from Bellingrath Gardens and Home are available for sale in his studio. More information on the Nall Art Gallery can be found at the website: https://www.artistnall.com/