Tim Chapman, pioneer ginger collector, from Gingerwood Nursery near Baton Rouge LA, is coming over to talk Gingers from 10am to 11am. Tim has introduced several ginger varieties into the trade, and has a fine collection of new, rare and unusual plants.

He will be bringing a selection of his gingers for a ‘show & tell” and limited quantities will be available for sale!

Plan a morning at MBG for Saturday the 18th!

Market Place open 9am – noon – many more summer to fall plants for sales – not just gingers!

Tim Chapman – Gingers! 10am – 11am in the Botanical Center.

Members – $10, non-members – $20. Light refreshments provided.

Reservations for the seminar are required. Please email mbg2@bellsouth.net with subject line Tim Chapman Talk

Our new website is designed to be mobile device friendly – and we hope that you find it friendly to use!

Although we have done our best to test all the links and correct all mistakes, if you have any problems, or find any errors, please let us know! Email Us with corrections and suggestions for website

We are planning more content, including plant information, some of Bill Finch’s archives, links to videos, and more! So keep us in your bookmarks, and join the RSS feed to get notified when there are updates to the posts.

Feel free to comment on any of the posts.. we are looking for input on contents and suggestions for improvements! Even a pat on the back for things that are going on at the Gardens!

Russell Tayler of katoosh.com has been the designer-in-chief and has patiently guided the development of layout of pages and posts. He is also responsible for the drone videos and photos! Liz Duthie has worked on content and layout.

Renewals, upgrades and new memberships keep coming in! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We are happy to have you, and want your neighbors, friends and acquaintances to join us, too.

The Gardens look better every week, and one of your basic membership benefits is unlimited admission for you and others in your household during operating hours, which now include Saturday and Sunday! (The Gardens are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.) For more benefit details go to http://mobilebotanicalgardens.org/membership/ .

Please invite others to join the Mobile Botanical Gardens. Our membership year runs from July 1 – June 30. The various levels of membership are described at the above link.

To encourage you to help us get new members, we are offering MBG merchandise to existing members. If someone tells us you were responsible for recruiting them (by phone or in “additional info” online), we will give you the following:

1 new member, we will hug you (MBG logo can hugger)
2 new members, we will carry you (MBG logo tote bag)
3 new members, we will protect you from the sun (MBG logo cap)
4 new members, we will feed you (MBG cookbook)
5 new members, we will shelter you from the rain (MBG logo umbrella)

We are dependent on memberships and donations for our operating expenses, so please help us build membership, and consider increasing your own membership level.

July is GINGER Month!

We are introducing a new format for plant sales for the rest of this year! (Except August!)

Details have to be finalized, but we will be selecting a Theme of the Month featuring a plant group for that theme… Think Butterfly Plants, Native Azaleas, Camellias etc.

Selected plants in the theme will be available for ordering on our new Online ReBloom Market Place! And the pick up day will be a Mini Market Place, where you can pick up the pre-paid plant orders AND shop for a large variety of other seasonal plants! (We cannot deliver or mail plants ordered online – pick up only! )

We will also have programs – talks, walks, and workshops – that are related to the Theme!

JULY will be Ginger Month!

We are offering selected gingers for ordering on our New Online ReBloom Store where you can shop in the comfort of your own home! Pre-order, pre-pay and come on July 18th to pick up your plants! AND Market Place will be open for more plant shopping!

We are (fingers crossed) going to have a Gingers Guru come to speak about the many types of gingers that do so well in our area! But that still has to be confirmed!


Market Place Madness!

It’s time for Marketplace Madness!
40% Off
8-9 am – MBG Members & Master Gardeners
9-11 am – Come one, come all!
Friday, June 26 AND Saturday, June 27

This is it! After this weekend, MBG Market Place will be closed until next season. We’re going out in style with 40% off select annuals, perennials, fruit trees, flowering shrubs – almost everything in stock!

This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up, or get that fancy plant you’ve had your eye on. The Market Place offers a diverse selection of plants chosen to thrive on the Gulf Coast, many of which you won’t find anywhere else.

Along with plants, you can also get advice: gardening experts will be on hand to help you select just the right plants for your garden.

Come on out to the Sale!

Friday & Saturday, June 26th & 27th – 7:00am to 2:00pm

Great collectibles, nick-nacks, books, kitchen stuff, golf clubs, small appliances, and even a 20 hp Johnson boat motor! Just a few of the many items that have been donated for the sale!

Come out and shop! And tell your friends, neighbors, and fellow workers! Get the word out!

Thursday, June 18, 7 pm in the Botanical Center

Experiencing the botanical side of Martha’s Vineyard- Most people assume only the rich and famous vacation on the Vineyard, and they spend their time sunning themselves on the beach and enjoying fine, expensive dining.

That may be true, but there is so much more to this little 100-square-mile island off the coast of Massachusetts. What most of those people don’t know is that more than 35 percent of the island is permanently conserved and it is home to one of the most incredible collections of plants on the east coast: the Polly Hill Arboretum.

Amanda Wilkins will give you a behind-the-scenes tour of the Vineyard in a way only an almost-Islander can.

Free to members and $10 for non-members.
Reservations requested: (251) 342-0555 or email to mbg2@bellsouth.net – Subject: Martha’s Vineyard

Sunday, June 14 at 4 pm

Join Amanda Wilkins, our Curator of Collections for an afternoon walk to see what is going on in the Gardens! She’ll cover some of the history and talk about future plans, as well as talk about some of her favorite plants..

Free for members, $10 for non-members

Please meet in the Piff Courtyard outside of the Offices.

Reservations requested: (251) 342 0555 or email to mbg2@bellsouth.net – Subject: Weekend Walk June 14th

Summer Opening Hours


Effective as of Monday 18th 2015 through September 2015

Monday, Thursday and Friday – 7am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday – 10am – 7pm


The gates to the main Gardens will be locked outside of the opening hours.

Access to the Longleaf Forest from the main Parking Plaza will remain open from dawn to dusk every day.

If you need access outside of these hours, please call the Office at (251) 342-055 to confirm.