Prior to European settlement in the 1700’s, the land on which Mobile Botanical Gardens stands today was part of a vast longleaf pine forest. Because most of this land was logged for longleaf pine in the early 1900’s, the forest that you can visit today in our 35 acre conservation area (to the east of the parking lot) is actually considered second generation growth. The lake that you drive in by once served as Mobile’s early water source until the 1950’s, which is why the acreage surrounding the lake was restricted from development. Established in 1974, Mobile Botanical Gardens consists of 100 acres of special gardens and Longleaf conservation area.

MBG is a private, non-profit organization, and we greatly appreciate your support!

MISSION STATEMENT  – Come Here to Grow
Mobile Botanical Gardens provides experiences that help visitors of all ages appreciate and benefit from our unique Gulf Coast environment. The Gardens serve as a living classroom for residents and visitors alike. By providing a sense of place, we endeavor to instill passion for nature, and promote interest in gardening, conservation, and outdoor activities.

Robin Krchak, Executive Director
Seth Allen, Horticultural Director and Curator of Collections
Nita Crandall, Finance Coordinator
Melissa Roombos, The Artful Garden, MBG Giftshop
Jenni Krchak, Public Relations Coordinator
Lettie McDaniel, Administrative Assistant

Weddings and Rentals:
Heather Pfefferkorn, Venue Manager (251)307-5382

Education Programs:
Derek Norman, Botanical Art Instructor
Julie Andel, Photography Instructor
Gail Gehlken and Sue Walker, Writing Instructors

Advisory:
John Olive, Horticultural Consultant

Executive Committee

Jack DiPalma, MD, (2020)3 President

Robin Luce, (2020)2 Past President

Linda Guy, (2020)Vice President, Horticulture

Colleen Keleher, (2020)1 Treasurer

Brenda Bolton, (2020)1 Secretary

Robin Krchak, Executive Director

 

Board Members

Gavin Bender, Sr. (2021)1
President, Bender Real Estate Group

Murry Cape (2021)1
Retired Pharmacist, Springdale Travel owner, community volunteer

Bob Clapper (2021)1
Owner, VP Design and Safety Engineer, James B. Donaghey, Inc

Steven Clements (2021)1
Attorney

Elizabeth Downing (2020)2
Community Volunteer

Amy Driskill (2021)1
Marketing Leader, Hargrove Engineers and Constructors

Cullan Duke (2020)2
VP, Trust Advisor
Regions Private Wealth Management

Karlos Finley (2021)1
Municipal Judge, City of Mobile
BOTELER FINLEY & WOLFE, P.C.

Mary Lee Gay (2021)1
Public Relations Manager
SMG / Mobile Civic & Convention Center & Saenger Theatre

Brenda Litchfield(2021)3
Professor, University of South Alabama
Alabama Coastal Foundation, Camellia Club of South Alabama, Project CATE Foundation, Dog River Clearwater Revival

Arnold Luterman, MD (2021)1
Professor Emeritus, Surgery Chair, Burn Unit Director, Master Gardener

Ellen Marler (2020)1
Community Volunteer

Patrick McGough (2021)2
Larson McGowin, Forester

Kitty Meshad (2021)3
Catholic Social Svcs BOD; Sullivan Home BOD; Festival of Flowers, Vintage Affair, Med Alliance

Andrew Saunders (2020)4
Retired, Saunders Yachtworks, Community Leader

Sherri Sindel (2020)3
Festival of Flowers, Crescent Theatre Board

Jason Smith (2020)1
Attorney, Anders, Boyette & Brady

Scott Weldon (2021)1
VP Finance and Administration
University of South Alabama

Greer Wilhelm (2019)2
Retired, Prosecutor, District Attorney’s Office, Mobile County Master Gardeners

Betsy Yager (2020)3
Mobile Co. Master Gardeners, Camp Rap-a-Hope

 

Joan Hoffman, (non-voting): 2018-19President Gulf Coast Herb Society
Melissa Wold, (non-voting): 2018 President Mobile County Master Gardeners

Robin Luce – President
Andrew Saunders – Past President
Linda Guy – VP, Horticulture
Colleen Keleher – Treasurer

Dale Adams
Brenda Bolton
David Brackin
Jack DiPalma
Elizabeth Downing
Cullan Duke
John Goodloe III
Brenda Litchfield
Ellen Marler
Patrick McGough
Kitty Meshad
Sherri Sindel
Jason Smith
Greer Wilhelm
Betsy Yager

Kathy Lovit (2017-18 GCHS Pres)
Judy Stout (2017 MCMG Pres)