The thriving shrubbery still lines the streets of Mobile, borders formal gardens, and defines the local landscape with ribbons of pink and magenta blooms each spring. The city’s dedication to Southern hospitality is also stronger than ever. Warm welcomes, big smiles, and pleasant conversations are the standard, and Azalea Trail Maids have multiplied nearly as fast as the favored plants.
People have flocked to this area of the Gulf Coast to see the azaleas for more than 300 years—and it’s no wonder, with so many places to view their splendor. With more than 1,000 varieties, the Mobile Botanical Gardens are home to some of the largest collections of Satsuki and Aromi azaleas in the Southeast. In fact, the Aromi varieties are named after the Mobile professor and avid gardener who created them. The newly expanded Aromi garden features showstoppers in flaming orange, golden yellow, and fragrant pink nestled under a canopy of evergreen pines. Likewise, perennial favorite Bellingrath Gardens and Home, in the neighboring town of Theodore, includes hundreds of acres dedicated to beauty in bloom.
The splendor of the Mobile area extends beyond the gates of Bellingrath’s famed gardens. Its history includes Spanish, British, and French occupations, all of which have left an eclectic mix of architectural wonders in their wake. Painted ladies sit next to Greek Revivals and quaint cottages share fences with Confederate-era mansions. In the midst of the glory and grandeur, exquisite squares and community gardens await a lazy afternoon stroll or a midday picnic. Brighter than any lighthouse, stronger than any tide, Mobile’s magnificence will beckon you back for years to come.
Delight in the beauty of Mobile with a pleasant stroll amid the tranquil paths of Washington Square, one of a dozen parks spread throughout downtown’s eight historic districts. Eight miles west, you’ll find Mobile Botanical Gardens. Tucked along a meandering road behind Langan Park, the gardens are just a short walk from the Mobile Museum of Art.