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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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  • It was my first visit to the Gardens in Mobile and I am so glad I finally decided to go. It is only a short distance from Hattiesburg, MS. And makes for a lovely Saturday afternoon. I'm thrilled with ...  more »
  • Be sure to visit during later spring or summer if you truly want to see some flowers. My first trip was in fall when everything had died out so I am planning on going back again soon.  more »
  • Nice Botanical Garden, a little away from the Center. The ticket costs $5 and works from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 to 16 hours.
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  • Absolutely beautiful selection of fauna. Very well manicured grounds and for 5 bucks you can't beat the price for the quality of experience you will have walking around and enjoying the natural beauty it all. There is a garden market place past the parking lot that sells a good variety of plants including water Lilies and seasonal varieties.
  • Beautiful grounds! You can tell much love and care go in to keeping this place well maintained.
  • Great walking trail about 1 mile long
  • Wonderfully maintained gardens and friendly, dedicated staff. Also, very affordable admission fee. Loved it!
  • 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!

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