Pollinator Plant Sale

Come out and find some wonderful additions for your garden that will attract beautiful butterflies and help grow the pollinator population! We will be holding our Pollinator Plant Sale on Saturday, September 24th from 9am – noon.

This will be an old fashioned sale in the parking lot with wagons full of plants and Nita sitting under the tent with a cash box! Our MarketPlace is still under construction, and we can’t hold the sale up top (don’t think the wedding folks would appreciate that) – so we are setting up in our lower parking lot area. Watch for us as soon as you turn on Pat Ryan Drive. Great plants AND the Butterfly Girls (Fairn and Suzanne) will be with us, ready to share lots of great information about our Gulf Coast butterflies!

photo credit: Brad Boland

Here’s a quick list of some of the plants we will have Saturday:

Asclepias curassavica (blood flower)
Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’
Broccoli Arcadia
Broccoli Blue Wind
Broccoli DeCicco
Broccoli Santee
Broccoli Spigariello
Butterfly Milkweed in quart pots
Cardinal Spears 5 gallons – big plants with nice blooms
Centrathemum intermedim
Cuphea ignea
Cuphea leave ‘Mary’s Bat Flower’
Firecracker plant gallons
Firetower (Clerodendrum paniculatum) gallons blooming and 5 gallon blooming
Fleshy milkweed in quarts
Gloxinia evita
Gloxinia sylvatica
Hellianthus angustifollus ‘Mellow Yellow’
Herb – Basil
Herb – Lemon Balm
Herb – Oregano
Herb -Thyme
Justicia leonardi
Malvaviscus arboreus
Mexican heather gallons
Mexican salvia
Odontonema strictum
Paw paws (seedlings)
Plumbago auriculata ‘Imperial Blue’
Ruella brittoniana ‘Katie’
Ruellia elegans
Russelia equisetiformis gallons
Russelia sarmentosa gallons
Salvia coccineum ‘Forest Fire’
Salvia elegans
Salvia leucantha (white Mexican salvia)
Salvia mexicana ‘Lime Light’
Salvia purpurea
Salvia uliginosa
Salvia X Indigo Spires
Turks turban hibiscus
Turnera ulmifolia
Wavy leaf milkweed in quarts

Wednesday, September 21st, 10 – 11:30am
Come share the excitement of attracting butterflies to your garden! Join the butterfly girls as they explain the special relationship between the Monarch butterfly and the Gulf Coast. Learn how to attract not only the Monarch to your garden, but also 10 or more other local species. Learn to distinguish a host plant from a nectar plant and how to garden with native plants. Stunning videography and photography will enhance identification of local butterflies and their host and nectar plants. Depending upon availability, actual butterflies, caterpillars, and chrysalises will be on display. Please email or call (251-342-0555) to register.
Free for Members / $10 Nonmembers

Many of you might have seen Brad Boland walking around the Gardens and getting upclose and personal with all of the plants and wildlife. Starting this fall, Brad will be teaching Macro and Closeup Photography classes that will help you to capture the world around you.

Future classes to be offered by Brad Boland at MBG- Dates TBD

Introduction to Close Up and Macro Photography
This class is intended to provide an overview of macro photography equipment, Shooting modes that work best, composition for close up shots, and a photowalk in the garden. (2 hours)

Shots that Work: Macro Photography Settings and Composition
This class provides a more advanced look at good starting points for DSLR closeup photography, how to adapt the settings in different lighting, and do’s and don’ts of composition. An hour and a half photowalk will follow the class. (2.5 hours)

(DSLR and a basic understanding of the mode dial settings is required.­ If not, Best to take the class, “Shots that Work,” first) Walk the garden together practicing the best ways to compose and shoot various flowers, insects, and other creatures. (2.5 hours)

Drab to Fab: Basic Lightroom Editing
(a laptop with a recent version of Lightroom is required) Bring out and light up the subject and make photos pop with color.

Please email the office if you would like to be notified when dates are set.


The premiere was a great success! There will be a second showing of the movie at the Crescent Theater on Sunday, September 25th at 4pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Crescent Theater or through their website.


Written and Produced by Fairn Whatley and Suzanne Damrich
A story of the Monarch, its vanishing habitat and its unique relationship to the Gulf Coast…

Premiering Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at the Crescent Theater

Mobile Botanical Gardens is proud to present the “eclosure” of a stunning visual story of the monarch butterfly and the effect of vanishing milkweed on its future. The gala, benefitting Mobile Botanical Gardens, starts at 7pm at the Larkins Music Center at 257 Dauphin Street with a Champagne and Dessert Reception. The premier of the film will follow at the Crescent Theater, with the introduction of the film by Fairn Whatley and Suzanne Damrich.

No paper ticket will be issued, instead your name will be on our guest list for the night of the event.

Brought to you by the generosity of:
Andrew Saunders
Erin Wheeler
Charmaine Anthony and Kirsten Kraljevic
Donna and Joe Camp
Elizabeth Downing
Helene Hassell
Kitty and Mike Meshad
Carlos and Harold Parkman
Greer and David Wilhelm
Cheryl McCormick-Hann—EdwardJones

Watch the beautiful movie trailer below!


Afternoon class runs from 1-3PM
Evening class runs from 6-8PM

Bill has expanded the course to include more of what you need to know to successfully garden in our unique Gulf Coast area. This is a fun, hands-on class and you get Bill’s undivided attention!

Members: $150 (code applied at checkout)
Non-members $180

– includes all instructional materials, hands-on learning opportunity, garden tours and fabulous snacks.



Bill Finch, our gardening guru, will be the instructor for this 8 week course

Bill Finch, our gardening guru, will be the instructor for this 8 week course

OPEN SATURDAYS ONLY, APRIL 16th through the end of JUNE 9am to 11am

The Market Place features many of the same unusual, interesting, native and hard to find plants featured at Spring Plant Sale, plus new merchandise arriving weekly. Staffed by our volunteers, (many are Master Gardeners) the Market Place provides not only plants, but expert advice for your Gulf Coast Garden.

The Marketplace is open Saturday mornings from 9am – 11 am until the end of June 2016

Located at the far end of the main parking lot in the fenced area.

Planning a wedding or special event and considering your venue options? The Gardens have a variety of options for Ceremony settings. The Botanical Center, opening onto the Plaza at the front and the Herb Garden at the rear is a blank canvas for your reception and decorating plans.

Join our Exclusive Venue Managers, Mindy and Nick Dees of Dees Design House, LLC on Saturday, February13th from 1.30pm to 3.30pm for ideas and a view of what we have to offer for your Special Day.

Please contact Mindy Dees at mindy@mindydees.com if you would like to attend. Free to all.

See our Rental Page for facilities and pricing here. Link opens in new tab

Thanks to Jennie Tewell Photography for the photo.

Botanical Art Class II:
Learning How to Work with Colored Pencil – with Derek Norman
How to surprise yourself and amaze your friends!
A Six-Week Course: Fridays 10am – 1pm from March 25th to April 29th
Members: $125
Nonmembers: $150

For those who simply wish to take their drawing skills to a higher level and those who continue to explore the world of botanical drawing and painting – this class is specifically designed for you!

Students will progress through sound accurate observation and the fundamentals of proportional drawing technique to an understanding of working with color and colored pencil. A step-by-step process will allow the
student to more fully understand the application of color and color blending be it colored pencil or watercolor.

As the class progresses each student will engage in drawing plant specimens as they learn to apply color to hot press paper and understand the importance of structure, surface texture and color perspective

About our Instructor –
Derek Norman and his wife, Ursel, are members of MBG and they are new to our Gulf Coast community, having moved here from Chicago. Derek was born, bred and educated in England before he moved to the States. His graphic works, paintings, drawings and botanical works have been exhibited in Europe and America. He has won Gold and Silver Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society in London and he is represented in many private and permanent collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, the Library of Congress, the British Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegium Society.