Gallery of Gardens


gallery of gardens logo 2014Friday & Saturday, May 2-3, 2014
9 am – 4 pm daily

*Volunteers are needed for Saturday – please call 342-0555 if interested*

Explore eight local private gardens and discover new ideas for your own May 2-3 at this year’s Gallery of Gardens tour! Experience garden diversity as you tour homes in Spring Hill, Midtown and West Mobile. Master Gardeners will be at each location to give visitors descriptions of the gardens and highlight ideas they can use at home.

During the tour, the MBG MarketPlace will be open from 9 am until 4 pm to help make your new ideas a reality in your garden.

Gallery Etiquette: Please be considerate of Gallery homeowners and their neighbors. Do not block drives or create traffic hazards. Public restrooms are not available. Ticket takers will have cold drinks and water available for purchase.

List of tour homes

Tour and MarketPlace hours are 9 am to 4 pm Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Mobile Botanical Gardens office or MarketPlace, or at participating ticket outlets. Group rates are available to groups of ten or more. For more information call (251) 342-0555.
To purchase tickets online, click here.

A Bloom Nursery
B&B Pet Stop
Carpe Diem
Elizabeth’s Garden
MBG Office (M-F)
MBG Marketplace (Sat)
Spring Hill Ace Hardware
Wild Birds Unlimited
Zimlich’s Patio &  Garden Center

Eastern Shore:
Old Tyme Feed (Fairhope)
Page & Palette (Fairhope)
Robertsdale Feed & Seed

Duh (Pensacola)
Garden Gate Nursery (Gulf Breeze)

Courtney Farms (Ocean Springs)



Make & Take: Fairy Gardens


Fairy gardens are the fun new trend in gardening this year. Molly Dickson and Sherry Melton, of Zimlich’s Patio and Garden Center, will help you design and create your own exquisite fairy garden to take home. $40 includes all the materials you will need – but if you have other small items you’d like to use, bring them along!

Makes a great mother/daughter activity if you’re looking for a special Mother’s Day gift.

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Dr.
Cost: $40, includes all supplies

Suggested items to bring:

  • smock or apron
  • notepad
  • gloves
  • small shovel
  • creativitiy
  • a friend!



Hypertufa Containers

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Creating your own “antique” garden planters is easy, and fun! Perfect for succulents and herbs, they look like stone but are much lighter.
Saturday, June 21
9 – 11 am
$30/members, $35 non-members.

Class limited to 15, register today!

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.


Mobile Area Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale

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The Mobile Area Orchid Society presents elaborate displays of many types of orchids which are then judged by members of the American Orchid Society. Come to see these exotic species and learn more about growing orchids and the orchid society. Regional vendors will be in attendance with orchids for sale so you can try growing your own plant at home.

Download the flyer

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8 am Exhibit Set up
Noon Sales Area Open
4 pm Show Closes

8 am AOS Judging
Noon Show Opens
5 pm Show Closes

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Noon Show Opens
5 pm Show Closes

For more information, contact Show Chairman, Joe Paine at 251.209.1008 or



Plantasia! Spring Plant Sale

See the plant list HERE

Yes, it’s wet and rainy, but we are still having the sale. Put on your galoshes and come see us!

March 27-30, 2014

Thousands of plants, including vegetables, herbs, and fruits, will be for sale at the Plantasia! Spring Plant Sale at the Mobile Botanical Gardens from March 27-30, 2014. All plants are especially selected for the Gulf Coast climate, many varieties are grown on site by MBG greenhouse volunteers.

Plants for sale include multiple types of citrus, including Satsumas; vegetables, herbs, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, trees, vines, ferns, roses, groundcovers, and natives. For plant collectors, rare and unusual plants will be available in the “Fab & Funky” section.

Thursday is the Opening Night Preview Party and Sale from 4-7 p.m., when wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music accompany shoppers who will get first choice of plants.  Admission is $25 at the gate.

Weekend sale hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission to the sale is free. Bring your own wheelbarrow or cart for easier shopping.

This annual benefit serves as an educational tool as well as a fundraising event for the ongoing growth and maintenance of the Mobile Botanical Gardens. For more information call (251) 342-0555.  For those who like to plan ahead, a list of ordered plants is posted online two weeks prior to the sale.

Plantasia Pro-Tips

Here are a few suggestions for optimum enjoyment at Plantasia:

  • A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen will keep you comfortable on the field. If it’s been rainy, galoshes or old tennis shoes aren’t a bad idea either.
  • Hydrate with a bottled water from the Master Gardener tent, or visit the Coke machine on the north end of the Botanical Center (that’s on the far right, for the directionally challenged). NEW! Panera Bread Co. will be on site during Plantasia! with COFFEE, pastries, sandwiches and box lunches.
  • Bring your own basket or cart for easier shopping. (We get as many as we can, but always run short at peak times)
  • Download the plant list and field map to make the most of your day, and plan your attack!
  • Special orders: Know you want a large quantity or a specimen plant? Check our catalog, or call the office.
  • Azaleas, camellias and hydrangeas all year long: check out our catalog. Also handy if you’re looking for large quantities or a specific type. Pick up is held at MBG once a month. These are the same quality plants from local nurseries that we offer at Plantasia.

Happy shopping!



Poinsettia Preview

We’re sorry, but this event has been cancelled due to low registration.

Poinsettia Preview with John Olive
Get first choice of plants as you enjoy a continental breakfast and learn about the history and care of poinsettias at this early bird event.

7:30-9:00 am. $10

Holiday Sales at the Gardens

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December 6-7, 2013

Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 9am-2pm

- Beautiful, unique poinsettias!
– Fresh greenery and decorations by the Mobile Master Gardeners!
– Camellias in bloom!
– Gulf Coast citrus for eating, gifting, or decorating!

MBG’s annual Holiday Sale is your chance to knock out all your holiday decorating needs with one stop. As always, the Master Gardeners will be on hand with their lovely handmade wreaths, greenery, and mailbox toppers. The best ones go to those who pre-order, so download the form and get your order in today! Choose from over a dozen varieties of poinsettias and help decide which ones go to market.

Special Events for Friday, Dec 6

Poinsettia Preview with John Olive
Get first choice of plants as you enjoy a continental breakfast and learn about the history and care of poinsettias at this early bird event.

7:30-9:00 am. $10

Camellia Sasanqua 'Bonanza'

K. Sawada WinterGarden
The WinterGarden is currently under consideration to be named an International Camellia Society “Garden of Excellence.” Bring your lunch and join Forrest Latta for a short presentation on these diverse, historical plants, followed by a walking tour of the WinterGarden, which should be in peak bloom! This event is free to members, $5 for non-members. Please call 342-0555 to register.

10 Days of Citrus

November 30 – December 10, 2013

Celebrate Gulf Coast Citrus during the 2nd Annual 10 Days of Citrus!

The Gulf Coast is the nation’s “Sweet Spot” for citrus. Once a year, Gulf Coast residents receive the delicious gift of FRESH, LOCAL citrus – Satsumas, Meyer lemons, clementines, kumquats…it’s one more great reason to love living on the Gulf Coast.

To celebrate the citrus season, your favorite restaurants have once more created signature dishes and beverages featuring the flavors of Gulf Coast Citrus. These dishes will be offered during the “10 Days of Citrus” December 1 through 10. To see which restaurants are participating, look for the poster in the window, or check the list below, then join us to enjoy the 10 Days of Citrus!

Sponsored by:

Mobile Botanical Gardens                      Alabama Coasting

Participating Restaurants

The Bull
609 Dauphin St.

Café 219
219 Conti St.

Café 615
615 Dauphin St.

Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe
2511 Old Shell Rd.

Cream & Sugar
351 B George St.

The Italian Fisherman
2503 Old Shell Rd.

Little House Midtown
2351 Airport Blvd.

Los Arcos
5556 Old Shell Rd.

The Royal Scam
72 S. Royal St.

True Midtown Kitchen
1104 Dauphin St.


Plantasia! Fall Plant Sale


Blazing star (liatrice) and clerodendron at Plantasia!

Blazing star (liatrice) and clerodendron at Plantasia!

Just a few more days until Plantasia!

THOUSANDS of plants, ready for growing on the Gulf Coast! Winter vegetables, rare plants, camellias, azaleas, roses, herbs, trees, hydrangeas, natives, & more.

ROSES All shapes and sizes – Floribunda, Grandiflora, Found, Old Garden and more, including local favorites such as Peggy Martin.

NATIVES Flowering trees and shrubs, plants for wet, dry, and everything in between. Plants for butterflies and hummingbirds like honeysuckle, sweet shrub and blazing star. Plants you can eat: pawpaw, mayhaw, and PERSIMMONS – mmmm!

BAMBOO The bamboo man is back with his excellent selection of bamboo in all colors and sizes, including clumping bamboo that’s perfect for small areas.

Master Gardeners, staff, and volunteers will be on hand to provide expert advice and help with your selection.

These plants are specially chosen to thrive on the Gulf Coast, and many can only be found at the MBG plant sale. In fact, many of these plants were grown at MBG by our very own volunteers.

View the list online or download as an Excel spreadsheet:

View/Download the plant list as a pdf:
FPS 2013 plant list web 9-20

Opening Night Preview Party and Sale: Thursday, October 17, 4-7 pm; $25 admission. Includes music, beer, wine, light hors d’oeuvres and first choice of plants. Tickets available at the gate.

Plant Sale Hours: Friday and Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday 11am – 4pm; free admission

For easier shopping, bring your own cart!
Plant list will be posted two weeks prior to sale.

Help us spread the word! Print your own Plantasia flyer and post it at work, at your salon, wherever you think it will be seen!


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.



One Enchanted Evening

Special thanks to our title sponsor:


OEE Invite 2014

The Board of Directors
of the Mobile Botanical Gardens
requests the pleasure of your company for
One Enchanted Evening
Celebrating our 40th Anniversary

Thursday, April 10, 2014   7 pm
Mobile Botanical Gardens – 5151 Museum Drive

$100 / person  •  Cocktail Attire
For more information, call (251) 342-0555 or visit

Food Provided by Georgia Roussos Catering

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Wines Provided by United-Johnson Brothers of Alabama, LLC
and Red or White

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Annual Meeting

Bill Annual mtg 12Tuesday, September 17 at 5:30pm
Botanical Center, MBG
All current members are invited.

  • Ratification of new board members
  • Annual report
  • Project updates and announcements

A Walk in the Longleaf

raylesssunflowercloseMember Appreciation Event
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.