Bellingrath Gardens and Home is e. off CR 59 at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. The 65 acres of cultivated and landscaped gardens that surround the 1935 mansion were first opened to the public in 1932 and patterned after the grand gardens of Italy, France and England by Walter D. Bellingrath, a pioneer in the Coca-Cola bottling industry. The Asian garden melds cultural concepts of landscape art. A grotto, conservatory and lake are nearby. The grounds bloom with more than 3 million lights and animated displays during Magic Christmas in Lights, held late November through late December.
The brick and wrought-iron mansion contains Bessie Morse Bellingrath's collection of furniture; Dresden, Meissen, Royal Doulton and Sèvres porcelain; china; crystal; sterling silver; and Oriental rugs. The Delchamps Gallery of Boehm Porcelain, in the center of the gardens, houses one of the largest public exhibits of Boehm porcelain in existence.
Daffodils and tulips blossom in February; azaleas flower mid-March to early April. Lilies, hydrangeas, fuchsia and delphinium bloom in the spring while tropical annuals dominate in summer. Cascading chrysanthemums appear in November and poinsettias highlight the gardens during the holiday season. Camellias, the state flower, bloom late November through March. More than 2,000 rose bushes bloom mid-April to November.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.