New Online Shop

Find our new Online Shop at mbgrebloomshop.com

 What’s New? 

  • For you, the customer, the navigation should be easier and more reliable
  • You can choose to create an account – this will store your name, address & phone number to save some typing when you check out next. It will NOT store your payment info such as your credit card information.
  • More information about groups of plants on offer – on the collections pages and in the blog
  • A better Check Out system – you can still choose to pay using your Paypal account, but there is a direct link to credit/debit card payments if you prefer
  • 10% Sales Tax will be added at Check Out for plants 
  • Look in the Non-Plants Section for Membership, Education Classes, Donations and more – sales tax is not added for these
  • For MBG there is a lot more ‘behind-the-scenes’ collating of order information, so we can keep a better handle on orders, stock, payments, and notifications

What’s the Same? 

  • Tried and true plants that do well in the Mobile Area – and locally grown! 
  • Seasonal offerings at the right time to plant or display – yes, Tomatopalooza, Poinsettias, Gingers, and all the favorites will be listed! 
  • Pick up ONLY  – look at the product descriptions for the pick up date (this will vary for each plant collection – in most cases we will NOT have the plants on site until just before the pick up date) 
  • 10% Discount on plants (only plants and ONLY online) for Members with the shopping code – enter at checkout 

 

Sometimes it’s tough to get all our ducks in a row as a mainly volunteer organization with a small paid staff.  After some catastrophic online failures, we implemented an ’emergency’ online store, and it has worked well  – BUT our sights were always on a more integrated system, and this new store is part of the plan. 

Although we have tested it before launch, there are bound to be some glitches!  Please bear with us for a while – and please let us know of any problems. Email Liz at mbgardens@gmail.com. to let her know! 

 

Glitch #1 : NOTE: If you are using SAFARI browser you may get an error message about the site’s certificate not matching. This is not something we can change – it is because the url is using the Shopify certificate, but not the Shopify extension – please be assured that it is perfectly safe, and you can tell Safari to continue to the page – this may happen for the first time you go straight to the page.

Year Beginning Donations!

Please consider a financial gift to the Gardens for this New Year.

Current Projects you may be interested in helping to finance:

  • The Aromi Native Azalea Garden – an extension of the Millie McConnell Rhododendron Garden – although funds for hardscape and plantings have been successful, we are in need of funds to provide the ’embellishments’ such as benches, companion planting, and signage.
  • The Butterfly & Pollinator Garden – the hardscape and plantings are ongoing, but we would love to have some benches and arbors – both are good Memorial & Dedication ideas! Signage, too, is a need.
  • Ongoing maintenance & grounds upkeep – we always have gardens & facilities repairs and improvements to be covered. Your donation will help us maintain the hardscape, seasonal plantings, and help cover hiccups such as the fire and lightning strikes we had last year.

You may make donations online here. You can pay with any credit or debit card or chosse to pay through a Paypal account. If you would like to make a recurring donation, you can check the box on the screen. Please let us know if you would like to designate your donation for a particular MBG project.




Camellias are still ONLINE to order!

They can be collected from the Market Place during our Holiday Sale:: Friday, December 4th from 9am to 4pm and Saturday, December 5th from 9am to 1pm.

Shop Online!

If you have problems with the online shop, please email Liz with your order. Email mbgardens@gmail.com She will send you an invoice via Paypal

Camellia japonicas & Hybrids – generally Mid to Late Season (November – March)

Adolphe Audusson

Camellia japonica ‘Adolphe Audusson Variegated’

April Dawn

Camellia japonica ‘April Dawn’

Camellia japonica 'Black Tie'

Camellia japonica ‘Black Tie’

Brushfield's Yellow

Camellia japonica ‘Brushfield’s Yellow’

Cinnamon Cindy

Camellia japonica hybrid ‘Cinnamon Cindy’

Debutante

Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’

Donnan's Dream

Camellia japonica ‘Donnan’s Dream’

Finlandia variegated

Camellia japonica ‘Finlandia variegated’

Camellia japonica 'Gunsmoke'

Camellia japonica ‘Gunsmoke’

Helen Bower var

Camellia japonica ‘Helen Bower Variegated’

Camellia japonica 'Irrational Exuberance'

Camellia japonica ‘Irrational Exuberance’

KAtsuyo Nomura

Camellia japonica ‘Katsuyo Nomura’

Kramers Supreme

Camellia japonica ‘Kramer’s Supreme’

La Peppermint

Camellia japonica ‘La Peppermint’

Camellia japonica 'Little Babe Variegated'

Camellia japonica ‘Little Babe Variegated’

Mockingbird's Blush

Camellia japonica ‘Mockingbird’s Blush’

Camellia japonica 'Moonlight Bay'

Camellia japonica ‘Moonlight Bay’

Camellia japonica 'Mrs Jimmy Davis Pink'

Camellia japonica ‘Mrs Jimmy Davis Pink’

Camellia japonica 'Mrs Katherine M Howell'

Camellia japonica ‘Mrs Katherine M Howell’

Camellia japonica 'Paulette Goddard Variegated'

Camellia japonica ‘Paulette Goddard Variegated’

Camellia hybrid 'Pink Icicle'

Camellia hybrid ‘Pink Icicle’

Camellia japonica 'Pink Perfection'

Camellia japonica ‘Pink Perfection’

Camellia japonica 'Professor Sargent'

Camellia japonica ‘Professor Sargent’

Camellia japonica 'Purple Dawn'

Camellia japonica ‘Purple Dawn’

Camellia japonica 'Satsuma Kurenai'

Camellia japonica ‘Satsuma Kurenai’

Camellia japonica 'Sawada's Mahogany'

Camellia japonica ‘Sawada’s Mahogany’

Camellia japonica 'Sea Foam'

Camellia japonica ‘Sea Foam’

Camellia japonica 'Southern Secret'

Camellia japonica ‘Southern Secret’

Camellia japonica 'Spellbound'

Camellia japonica ‘Spellbound’

Camellia japonica 'Sweetie Pie'

Camellia japonica ‘Sweetie Pie’

Camellia hybrid 'Taylor's Perfection'

Camellia hybrid ‘Taylor’s Perfection’

Camellia japonica 'Vernon E Howell'

Camellia japonica ‘Vernon E Howell’

Camellia sasanquas & similar Hybrids – generally Early to Mid Season (October – December)

Camellia sasanqua 'Brandy's Temper'  Early season bloomer with upright open growth.  A Tom Dodd Jr Introduction

Camellia sasanqua ‘Brandy’s Temper’

Camellia x williamsii 'Cile Mitchell'

Camellia x williamsii ‘Cile Mitchell’

Camellia x vernalis 'Curly Egao'

Camellia x vernalis ‘Curly Egao’

Camellia sasanqua hybrid 'Dream Quilt'

Camellia sasanqua hybrid ‘Dream Quilt’

Camellia sasanqua hybrid 'Dream Team'

Camellia sasanqua hybrid ‘Dream Team’

Camellia sasanqua x 'Dream Weaver'

Camellia sasanqua x ‘Dream Weaver’

Camellia x vernalis 'Egao Three Seasons'

Camellia x vernalis ‘Egao Three Seasons'[/caption

[caption id="attachment_3388" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Fragrant Fairies Camellia sasanqua hybrid ‘Fragrant Fairies’

Camellia sasanqua 'Isabel Simone'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Isabel Simone’

Camellia sasanqua 'October Magic Dawn' TM

Camellia sasanqua ‘October Magic Dawn’ TM

Camellia sasanqua 'Pink Snow'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Pink Snow’

Camellia sasanqua 'Snow Flurry'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Snow Flurry’

Camellia sasanqua 'Snow on the Mountain' aka  'Mine-No- Yuki'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Snow on the Mountain’ aka ‘Mine-No- Yuki’

Camellia sasanqua 'Sparkling Burgundy'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’

Camellia sasanqua 'Strawberry Limeade' hybrid

Camellia sasanqua ‘Strawberry Limeade’ hybrid

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide Candle'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide Candle’

Friday, December 4th, 9am to 4pm AND Saturday, December 5th, 9am -1pm at the Botanical Center

Prepare for the Holiday Season!

Poinsettias: Fabulous varieties to choose from! NOW AVAILABLE for pre-buying online here

Winter-Blooming Camellias NOW AVAILABLE for pre-ordering online here

Selection of House Plants & Herbs – ideal for gifts

Satsumas, Satsuma Vinegar, Local Honey, Garlic, Kindling, AND MORE

Fresh wreaths, greenery and more from the Mobile County Master Gardeners – Pre-order by November 14th – Order form in PDF is here (opens in new tab)

Many varieties of Poinsettias to choose from!

Many varieties of Poinsettias to choose from!

Saturday, November 21st from 9am to 12 noon.

Our November Spotlight is on Camellias! Always a welcome sight in our cooler months.
We will have a selection of Camellia sasanquas – the earlier bloomers, and Camellia japonicas – that will take us into Spring. Some are available for pre-order online (members get a 10% discount with code for online orders only) SHOP ONLINE HERE

We will also have other great plants to plant now and enjoy next year in your yard. Including Spring Blooming Bulbs – that you can also pre-order online.

Camellia sasanqua 'Brandy's Temper'  Early season bloomer with upright open growth.  A Tom Dodd Jr Introduction

Camellia sasanqua ‘Brandy’s Temper’ Early season bloomer with upright open growth. A Tom Dodd Jr Introduction

It was with great sadness and shock that we learned of the sudden passing of Carolyn Saunders on the morning of Tuesday, October 27th.

Carolyn was a long-time member and volunteer at the Gardens. She played a key role in many of the Gardens’ improvements and projects over the past few years, alongside her husband Andrew, our Board President. All of her who have known and worked with her over the years will sorely miss her sweet nature, hard work and advice – in the words of a friend, she was a kind and beautiful soul. She has left us far too soon.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Andrew and their family in their time of loss and grief.

To honor Carolyn’s life, her family has planned an outdoor service at the Mobile Botanical Gardens on Saturday, October 31st, at 10.00 am. -reception and visitation will follow in the Botanical Center. They welcome all of you who would like to attend, and invite you to share stories and memories of Carolyn during the service. You may wish to share your thoughts and memories in writing, and may send correspondence to mbg2@bellsouth.net.

Carolyn’s family also invites you to bring a single flower to add to a growing bouquet of love and remembrance.

Seating will be limited, so, in Carolyn’s own words, ‘wear comfortable shoes’.

There will be directed parking and shuttles available from the parking area. Overflow parking, if needed, will be at the Mobile Museum of Art.

Carolyn’s obituary can be found here. This will open in a new tab.

Out of respect to the family, the Gardens will be closed to public visitors for the day.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Mobile Botanical Gardens in Carolyn’s name.
Donations can be made via the button below – we will notify the family of all contributions and will pass on any words that you wish to share





You may also mail checks to Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile, AL 36608
or drop by the Office from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 9am to 4pm.

Hold the Dates!
Friday & Saturday, October 23rd & 24th! from 9am to 4pm featuring:

Aromi Native Azalea Hybrids! Maarten van der Geissen will be sending EXCLUSIVE OFFERINGS of plants for sale! We won’t know what we are getting until nearer the date – but it will include many of those featured – here – see the slide show!

For background information of the collection see the video of Maarten’s talk on the Aromi Collection here.

A large selection of ReBloom Mobile Plants! You can have color and interest in your yard 12 months of the year in this area! Come and shop for trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs and annuals for fall and winter – AND plant now for color next year!

Shop AND eat – we have arranged visits from food trucks both days! The Hungry Owl will be at the MBG on Friday 23rd! And Smokin’ Gingos on Saturday 24th!

The Plein Air Painters of the South will have some completed works of their visits to the Gardens for sale! And they will be creating new art both days!

Here are links to a list of what we have ordered so far! We will be updating this as more are ordered.

Fall Plant Sale List Excel xps sortable (will open in Excel)

FALL Plant sale 2015(1) PDF File

Starting on September 19th 2015, the Gardens will be open from 9am to 4pm from Wednesdays through Sundays. The gates will be locked at 4pm.

We will be closed to visitors on MONDAYS and TUESDAYS. Call the office on 251 342 055 for appointments outside of the opening hours.

9-15-15
Tuesday, September 15 is the date of our Annual Membership Meeting.

Please come! It promises to be a delight for the senses. The theme for our meeting will be IMAGES of MBG. There’s so much beauty to celebrate at our Gardens, and the Petal Pushers will be serving their homemade treats.

My first message to begin our Garden’s year in October, 2014 was done “By the Numbers”. Members seemed to like the format; many said it was a good start. So, I’ll try it again for this September 2015 message to close our year. Here we go:

5
The number of proposed new Directors for the Board who will be introduced and voted on by you.

4
The number of long-serving Directors now leaving the Board who have served two 3-year terms and will be recognized for their contributions.

2
The number of recently established staff-leadership positions that are now ably filled.
Come meet: Clint Burdette, Assistant Director & Horticultural Manager
Brad Chambers, Manager of Facilities & Construction

150,000
The number of dollars allocated to Mobile Botanical Gardens for infrastructure improvements through the efforts of our champion, City Council President Gina Gregory. These funds are part of the 3-year, city-wide infrastructure investment program initiated by Mayor Stimpson. Come hear our plans for making this investment count at MBG.

FOUR
The number of monthly Focused Plant Sales which will take place between now and the end of 2015. Come hear how these sales (including the October Fall Plant Sale) are designed to better fulfill our mission at MBG(and how the new program increases revenue).

200%+
The percentage in increased Facilities Rental revenues we are realizing since remodeling our Botanical Center this year(and since adopting new management regimes).

100%
The total amount of matching funds raised for the completion of our Butterfly / Pollinator Garden. Ultimately the challenge benefactor contributed $8,000 this year and our members and friends contributed a like amount. The construction will be completed this Fall.

Almost 19,000
The number of dollars allocated this year by the Gulf Coast Herb Society to complete renovations and enhancements to one of the most beautiful and visible gardens in our collection. Work included new lattice and fencing, drainage improvements, irrigation, lighting, paths, and signage.

22,500
The number of dollars raised this year mainly through the efforts of local nurseryman, MBG leader, and Azalea guru, Maarten van der Giessen for the expansion of our Rhododendron Garden. The expansion will house the unique Aromi Collection of cultivars. Some work is accomplished, but much remains to be done. (And additional funds will be needed).

NUMEROUS
The occasions of property damage and general set-backs that an institution such as ours experiences during the year from fire, flood, windstorm, lightening, the indifference of some, and the petty vandalism of others. Not whining nor complaining, just saying for the sake of balanced reporting.

DOZENS & DOZENS
The numbers of volunteers who come back year after year to support the Gardens by contributing their time and treasure. Without your contributions, the Mobile Botanical Gardens could not exist. Come to the Annual Meeting to celebrate what you accomplish for the community.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Gardens soon,
Andrew Saunders