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Mobile Botanical Gardens, Mobile

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Garden Educational Site
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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  • 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!
  • Should've gone in the spring.
  • 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.