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Mobile Botanical Gardens, Mobile

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The Mobile Botanical Gardens were founded in 1974, and are located on Museum Drive in the Spring Hill community in Mobile, Alabama, USA.DescriptionThe gardens are situated on 100acre and are a blend of cultivated areas and natural habitats, including the Rhododendron Garden, Camellia Wintergarden, Fern Glade, Fragrance and Texture Garden, Japanese Maple Garden, Herb garden, and a Longleaf Pine habitat of 40acre.The Rhododendron Garden contains eight collections of approximately 1,000 evergreen and native azaleas. The plantings were newly installed in 2006 within an older azalea garden. The collections here include Encore, Harris, Holly Springs, Mobile, National Arboretum Kurumes, Nuccio, Robin Hill, and Southern Indica. This is the most comprehensive rhododendron collection anywhere along the Gulf Coast. Another area of special note is the Longleaf Pine Habitat, a preserved remnant of the great southern longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) ecosystem that once dominated the American South. It is an extremely diversified habitat with 49 vascular plant families, 159 vascular plant species, 72 woody species, and 21 naturalized species cataloged in May and June 2007. Installed in 2007, the Camellia Wintergarden is a collection of 500 camellias, 350 newly planted, with 75 planted over thirty years ago.Mobile Botanical Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and funding is mainly through contributions, grants, plant sales, and membership dues. It is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free.
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  • We visited Mobile for just a couple dys.So hoped to see the gardens. Went out of our way to get there to find it closed for a private event mid week. Extremely bummed.  more »
  • I spent about 45 minutes walking around the gardens. I suppose I would have seen many more flowers in the summer months. I love gardens and it was slightly disappointing.  more »
  • The Mobile Botanical Gardens is a modest botanical garden but does offer an attractive and natural environment for a quiet walk "in the woods".  more »
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  • Wonderfully maintained gardens and friendly, dedicated staff. Also, very affordable admission fee. Loved it!
  • The Longleaf Pine Forest was wonderful to stroll through! Staff is fantastic and the gardens at MBG are charming. Everything has a natural feel and is very relaxig. The koi are fun to watch in the pond! Absolutely worth a visit if you're in the area or plan on traveling there.
  • Garden was an absolute delight! The flowers were blooming and the trails and paths were easy to maneuver!! Lots of fantastic highlights but my favorite was watching the fish in the koi pond feed!
  • A wonderful place to be with total peace.
  • It is 2008, as I write. I just finished a walk among the flowers and pines of this garden. Much of this space is lovely, open garden. It is well maintained. Part of the garden consists of native species, interspersed with ornamental plantings. Numerous well-maintained, yet unmarked, trails lead through this area, as well as an area of completely native plants. This part of the garden is wildly beautiful and you get the feeling you could almost get lost. However, the garden is too small to really get lost, and bounded along one side by a wide shallow creek and gravel road that take the visitor right back to the garden entrance. There are lots of birds and squirrels to observe, as well as turtles, small fish, and at least one red rat snake. In addition, the garden staff are working assiduously to bring the Japanes Garden to fruition.