Friday, January 3, 2014

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore, Alabama























1. wishing for some amazing views their gardens & the hidden home (go in for a closer look.) do check out "Bellingrath Gardens and Home" in Theodore, Alabama. 

2. they were getting ready for their Mum Festival. if only we had been there a few more days later. see the mums hanging there from the bridge overtop? imagine them in bloom. 

3. i will show a bunch of rose blooms soon. they were amazing. i bet this place looks so different in each season.

4. Mr. Bellingrath once said “The Gardens are like a beautiful woman with a different gown for each week of the year.” With the camellia blooms in winter, the azaleas in spring, roses in the summer, chrysanthemums in autumn and our famed Magic Christmas in Lights during the holiday season, Bellingrath Gardens and Home is a 65 acre estate of year-round beauty. 

5. i am totally a romantic a heart so when i read what Mrs. Bellingrath marker at "Magnolia Cemetery bears this inscription: I shall always think of you wandering through a lovely garden,
Like that which you fashioned with your own hands,
Where flowers never fade and no cold wind of sorrow
Blights our hopes and plans--And on your face,
The peace of one whose whole life through,
Walked with God. ---- Your devoted husband."

does any one have a tissue or two?


enjoy your day!
Beth

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36 comments:

Lynn said...

I think we are so lucky there are those who have the money and the generosity to share when I see places like this, and yes, her grave stone is too sweet. They must have been a happy couple.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, such pics when it is 18F here. Nice.

Snap said...

Beth,
I bet Bellingrath Gardens is a very special place. Your photos are gorgeous and I can imagine the mums blooming. I love botanical gardens...hard to imagine all the work that goes into maintaining such a beautiful place! Happy New Year!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Good grief, where did she find that devoted husband? He sounds fantastic, doesn't he? ;-)

Buttons said...

Love Lisa's comment:) Oh this is truly a beautiful post and I am so happy you shared it. Beautiful. B

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

This place just look so serene. You captured some beautiful photos. And the inscription on the tombstone is lovely.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful gardens. i really like the water sculpture.

Tanya Breese said...

can you imagine living in a home like that? wow, it's beautiful...and that inscription....sigh....

Maggid said...

I haven't been there in sooooo long! Thank you for the beautiful pictures - Sometimes you just make me feel at home in the world . . ya konw?

Thank You

Monkeywrangler said...

Beth, I did not realize you were a kayaker! We used to have a pair of Dagger Sea Kayaks, Our engagement trip was to the Apostle Islands at Bayfield WI. If you have not been there, I highly recommend a trip with your boats to the Apostles. May is a good month (before the blackflies come out usually) but the water is VERY cold still so prepare for hypothermic issues if you dump the boat.

Vic303
http://themonkeywranglersblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/random-5-friday.html

don said...

A fine series of pretty places. I especially like the bridges and the francs metal work.

Louis la Vache said...

This reminds «Louis» of a similar estate in the Bay Area, Filoli.

Dotti said...

Don't you just love these Southern homes and gardens? We love Charleston SC and go there at least once a year. Lovely photos!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

LOVELY and quite welcome today here as it is very cold and snowy.

Gail Dixon said...

What a beautiful inscription! Mrs. Bellingrath was a blessed woman. Very nice remembrance.

Nancy Claeys said...

Yes.. I need a tissue!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful gardens Beth. It must look so pretty in each season of the year. Have a great weekend!

Carole M. said...

a beautiful property; I love the verandahs, and the stone-walled gardens/walkways, and 'the bridge'

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Yes, that is a sweet, sweet inscription. They must have been a close couple. These photos are beautiful. I love all the trees and foliage in the garden. It looks so peaceful.

barbara l. hale said...

What a beautiful place! The mum show I occasionally go to up in these parts is in November. There's not a mum in sight up here these days. Sounds really wonderful to go to the Mum Festival there!

W. Latane Barton said...

Bellingrath Gardens is a beautiful place, I don't care what time of the year you go. I was there once, years ago, and just loved it. Glad you got to be there as well.

George said...

I've often heard that Bellingrath Gardens are beautiful, but we've never been there. We're going to have to get there sometime soon.

Debbie said...

what a gorgeous place beth, you photographed it beautifully!!

the mister sound like a kind, loving husband, she must have been a wonderful wife as well ;)

Beth said...

How beautiful!

A Quiet Corner said...

Although I do love snow and Winter, those garden pix are
very tantalizing, Luv Muffin! I too am a hopeless romantic...:)OM

EG CameraGirl said...

What a lovely place! And how wonderful to be a wife so loved!

eileeninmd said...

Beth, the gardens look like a lovely place to walk around..So many pretty scenes. I love the inscription for the grave, it is beautiful. Happy Weekend!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

That's beautiful!!! Love the shaded pathway to the fountain with the park benches to sit and cool off on a hot summer day. So tranquil looking.

Sarah Huizenga said...

When I was working on a heritage album of my great grandparents, I came across photos of a trip that they did there. That is one bucket list to visit someday.

Michelle said...

Wow, gorgeous pictures - sure wish I were there, instead of the Frozen Tundra I'm at right now :)

Carol Z said...

So enjoyed these pictures. A nice contrast to the snow outside my window.

Nancy said...

#5 made me cry, Beth. What a beautiful tribute from Mr. Bellingrath to his wife. Doesn't every woman want to be loved that way? Thanks for sharing.

Ida said...

What a beautiful place to visit. I love floral gardens. Ever been to Longwood Gardens in PA? It's pretty awesome too. - Your photos are just lovely and I enjoyed seeing them very much.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Beth you have really visited some beautiful places! Thanks for sharing them with those of us who aren't able to travel as much.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Oh, I loved Bellingrath Gardens. Just a beautiful place! We were there a number of years ago and I'd like to go again sometime. It's definitely worth a visit. We also toured USS Alabama on the same trip, which is in Mobile not far from there. I have claustrophobia, so couldn't go down in the ship as far as I'd like. What I saw was interesting!

edenhills said...

How beautiful! It certainly looks like a place I'd enjoy visiting.