October 1, 2017 Edition

Magic of Bellingrath on display


Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, Nov. 4-22 and Magic Christmas in Lights, Nov. 24-Dec. 31. Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, Nov. 4-22 and Magic Christmas in Lights, Nov. 24-Dec. 31. Bellingrath Gardens and Home will be transformed for two magical events in the coming months. Chrysanthemums will claim center stage from Nov. 4-22 during the 24th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums celebration.

Then, just as that beautiful display ends, it will be time for Magic Christmas in Lights from Nov. 24-Dec. 31.

Bellingrath Gardens is located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road in Theodore, Ala.

Mum’s the word at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in November, when it’s time for the 54th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, the nation’s largest outdoor display of the signature blooms of the season.

The Gardens and Home are festooned with hundreds of colorful, four-foot-long cascades of chrysanthemums on bridges and balconies, as well as the traditional displays of mums in baskets and containers. Guests will also see columns of mums and bedded plants along the Great Lawn’s dramatic border in rich fall colors.

To plan your visit, check the Mum Watch page on bellingrath.org.

Bellingrath’s Horticulture Staff works nearly year-round on the cascading mums, which are sheared every few weeks throughout the growing season in order to create fuller plants.

For details on the Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums display, visit bellingrath.org.

Prepare to welcome the holiday season with Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, as one season flows into another.

It’s one of the nation’s best holiday light shows, and it’s so near in south Alabama. Bellingrath Gardens and Home presents the 22nd season of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2017. The dazzling display features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.

Opening night is Friday, Nov. 24. The show will continue nightly from 5 to 9 through Dec. 31.

Magic Christmas in Lights has become a must-see tradition for visitors from the Gulf Coast region and beyond. Families enjoy strolling the grounds together, taking holiday photos, drinking cocoa on Live Oak Plaza and visiting Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café.

Magic Christmas in Lights also includes choral performances on the South Terrace of the Bellingrath Home, which will be open for tours and decorated for the holidays. The Gift Shop is fully stocked, and guests may also have their photos taken with Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café each night through Dec. 23. The Magnolia Café is open from 4 to 8 each night; menus are posted on bellingrath.org. (The Gardens are closed on Christmas and New Year’s days.)

Military personnel and their immediate relatives will receive a 15 percent discount off regular Gardens admission on each Monday of Magic Christmas in Lights. The dates are Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

For details about Magic Christmas in Lights, or to order tickets, visit bellingrath.org. Online ticket sales start Nov. 1.

2017-10-01 / Features

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