Orchids 101


Join Elizabeth’s Garden orchid specialist Melissa Meatyard-Phillips to learn how to care for orchids and use them in home displays. She’ll also be showing orchids from her own collection that recently won Best in Class at the Mobile Area Orchid Society’s annual show. One lucky person will win an orchid to take home! Everyone will receive a goodie bag from Elizabeth’s Garden, including a coupon to use in the store.

Wednesday, April 2     1 – 3 p.m.
$5 per person, limited seating. Advance registration required.

Hypertufa Containers

hypertufaCreating your own “antique” garden planters is easy, and fun! This special edition Make & Take Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 30 during our Plantasia! Spring Plant Sale.

Class limited to 15, register today! 9 – 11 am
$25/members, $35 non-members.

Suggested materials: (we’ll have plenty, but you can bring your own if you choose)
2 plastic or cardboard nesting containers with approx. 1″ of space between
Smock or apron

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Gulf Coast Gardening


IMG_2804Instructor: Bill Finch

Cost: $100 for MBG members; $125 for non-members

Session 1
7 Tuesdays
January 14 – February 25, 2014.  1-3 p.m.  

Session 2
7 Wednesdays
January 15 – February 26, 2014.  6-8 p.m.

Improved and expanded for 2014 – now SEVEN classes show you how to garden in our unique Gulf Coast environment. Bill Finch, longtime garden columnist for the Press Register, author, and all around garden guy will bring you up to speed on the Gulf Coast’s six seasons (yes, six), preparing your soil, mulching, pruning, spotting disease, and many other tips and tricks informative to novice and expert gardeners alike.

Get ready for spring gardening (yes, now is the time) with this fun class at MBG.

P.S. Makes a great gift for the gardener in your life!


gardening information for just This six week course not only teaches you how to think like a gardener – it teaches you how to get the most from gardening in one of the world’s most distinctive gardening environments. When you complete this course, you’ll know what plants need to thrive in the seasons and soils of the Gulf Coast; how you can get 12 months of bloom; and how you can make peace with and even enjoy our exuberant garden life. We teach gardeners how to think for themselves, but we also provide proven formulas and techniques that will dramatically improve the success of both beginning and experienced gardeners.

Space is limited, and registration is required.


Spring Vegetable Gardening

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Who doesn’t love to garden in Spring? Beans, squash, peppers and of course, tomatoes! It may not feel like it, but Spring on the Gulf Coast begins around March, which means now is the time to start preparing your beds and starting your seeds (in fact, it’s too late for some!).

Come to our Spring Vegetable Gardening class to learn what, when and how to plant for minimum work and maximum yield in your garden.

Saturday, February 22 9-11 am
Members: $25, non-members $35


Nature+Art BLAST! Day Camp

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Nature Hikes – Scavenger Hunts – Nature Art
Games & Activities – Botanic Journaling

Presented by Mobile Botanical Gardens
Mobile Museum of Art

June 10-14, 2013
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM Daily
$175 per child

Nature Blast 2013

Transform your child’s summer with an exciting week-long adventure! Planned for grades 3-5, and supplementing the science and fine arts standards for Alabama, this program is designed to instill a love of outdoor adventure and an appreciation of nature and art in nature.

Mornings are set amidst the 100-acre mobile Botanical Gardens, a rich, ecologically diverse site perfect for discoveries and exploration, and afternoons in creative activities at the adjacent Mobile Museum of Art in Langan Park.

Paid registrations due by May 31, 2013

Click here to download an application form

Citrus Day 2013

citrus day BillTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
9 am – 3 pm

Our annual bus trip to Revel Citrus Farms in Grand Bay is a great way to kick off the holiday season! Meet us at 9 am Tuesday, November 19 at the Gardens, and we’ll take a citrus-filled journey to Grand Bay where you will learn all the citrus growing tips and tricks, including disease identification, pruning, and more.

Enjoy a picnic lunch al fresco with a side of Meyer lemon lemonade and sample a few of the local citrus fruits that are available on the Gulf Coast – such as kishus, owari satsumas, Meyer lemons, kumquats and more. If you can’t get enough citrus in one day, pick up a box of Satsumas fresh from the farm to take home and share.

Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members. Includes transportation and lunch.


This event involves walking, so wear comfortable shoes, and dress to be outdoors. The bus will leave promptly at 9:30 am from MBG, and return between 3 and 3:30 pm.

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Participants at Citrus Day 2012

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Delicious Gulf Coast citrus!

Shade Gardening


Saturday, August 24, 9-11 am 

$25 members; $35 non-members

No sunlight? No problem! Shade-loving plants can create a very different and beautiful type of garden. Bring photos of your shady spot for recommendations.
NEW! We’ll have a selection of plants for shady spots from the MBG Greenhouse for sale in our Pop-up Market from 9 am-Noon.



A Walk in the Longleaf

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September is the season when the Mobile Botanical Garden’s longleaf pine forest begins to show its true colors. Join Bill Finch for a tour through waves of purple blazing stars, lipstick red wild basil, the earliest golden and blue asters, and some pretty spectacular blooming grasses.

These bloomers should also be attracting a lot of butterflies and even hummingbirds. You’ll learn how controlled burning has contributed to the beauty, park-like atmosphere, and unusual light characteristics of the longleaf forest and how one very special pine, the longleaf, made this community possible.

After the tour, we’ll have an old-time southern longleaf picnic – bring your picnic basket, or sack lunch, and we’ll supply the drinks. Copies of Bill’s book, “Longleaf Far as the Eye Can See,” will be available for purchase (cash or check only). 10 am – 12 pm.

FREE for members; $5 non-members. Let us know if you’re coming! Register here.

Details: Meet in the parking area by 10 am. Suggested attire: long pants and comfortable shoes. Hats and sunscreen optional.

Make Your Own Bog Garden

Saturday, June 8, 9 am – 12 pm

$35 members; $45 non-members
no cost for accompanied children 12 and under.

If you’ve ever been to a pitcher plant bog (or even to the MBG Plaza), you know how unique and fascinating these plants are, especially to children. Take advantage of this workshop to bring a little bit of the bog home!

Participants will learn about the soil composition and conditions necessary to maintain bog plants, and create their own dish garden of pitcher plants, sundews, and more.

Register now!