Visitor Information

Come Here to Grow!

Enjoy the serenity and beauty of nature, see in one place the largest collection of plants on the Gulf Coast, and learn about the diversity of our local plant and wild life,

One hundred acres of paved garden areas and woodland gardens and trails include our WinterGarden– named as a “Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society”, one of the most comprehensive collections of Azaleas along the Gulf Coast, and a Longleaf Pine stand designated as a Treasure Forest

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 in the early 1900’s, the 35 acre forest conservation area is considered second generation growth.

The lake in Langan Park on the other side of Museum Drive was once Mobile’s water supply until the 1950’s, and the acreage surrounding the lake was restricted from development.

In 1974 the South Alabama Horticultural & Botanical Society Inc. agreed to develop and maintain the current 100 acres as Mobile Botanical Gardens, and leases the land from the City of Mobile.

As a private, non-profit organization, the MBG welcomes your support. Please help us continue our mission of education and conservation by paying admission or by becoming a member. Welcome to our living classroom.

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Visitors are welcome to enjoy picnicking, birdwatching, hiking, walking, drawing, painting and photography in this lovely setting.

  • Admission fee is $5 for non-members.
  • Free admission for children 12 and under.
  • Members of the MBG have free admission year round.
  • Members of the American Horticultural Society Gardens participating in the reciprocal admissions program have free admission. Please have your membership cards available.

Maps are available for self-guided tours. Several areas have stations with QR codes that you can scan to get access to an OnCell audio tour.

Guided tour information is on the Guided Tours tab below

Professional photography sessions must be scheduled in advance. Please see the Professional Photography Policy tab below

We are located near Langan (Municipal) Park in the Springhill area of Mobile. The main entrance is on Pat Ryan Drive, off Museum Drive. {Link to maps & Directions}

Hours from September 19, 2015

Wednesdays through Sundays : 9am – 4pm.  The gates will be locked at 4pm.

Mondays & Tuesdays – CLOSED to the public

The gates may be locked earlier if there are rental events taking place, especially at weekends.

All gates to the main Gardens will be locked outside of these times.
Access to the Longleaf Forest and main parking plaza will remain open to the public from dawn to dusk everyday.

If you need access outside of these hours, then please call the Office at (251) 342 0555 to arrange.

Remember that this is the home to many animals, birds, and insects.

    – Please respect their habitat.
    – Please do not try to pick them up or bring them ‘friends’ from outside the Gardens
    – Please leave nothing but your footprints
    – Please take only photos – do NOT take flowers, leaves or seeds
    – Pets are welcome on leashes. Doggy stations are located around the Gardens, please use them
    – Please stay on marked paths
    – Bikes are only allowed on roads – please do not ride on other paths or sidewalks
    – Do not smoke

We offer docent-guided tours and special focused programs and activities for schools, groups, clubs, and organizations with at least two weeks notice. Tours are from 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the focus.

The Group reservation fee is $35 for up to 25 people, $50 for 26-60 people. We cannot accommodate groups larger than 60. The reservation fee will secure the date of your tour. An additional fee of $3 per person is required upon arrival at MBG on the scheduled tour date. (Teachers and chaperones free)

Activity tours from “The Five Senses” to ‘Terrific Trees’ can be scheduled.

School Groups: Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) Enhancement programs can be arranged to supplement 1st Grade “New Plants” and 3rd Grade “Plant Growth & Development” . These usually include all student in the grade level and may require scheduling over 2 or more successive days.

Please call (251) 342 0555 or email to make arrangements specific to your group.

The Gardens is an ideal venue for your next event.
From Weddings to Corporate Retreats, we have beautiful settings all year round.
Please visit our Event Rentals page for more details.

Effective June 1, 2012

Visitors may take pictures throughout the Gardens for personal use and enjoyment.

All professional photography sessions, unless part of an event taking place at the Gardens, must schedule a date and time with the MBG office. This includes engagement photos, wedding/bridal photos, and portraits. This policy applies to the entire MBG campus, including the front entrance area and the longleaf pine forest.

To make an appointment, please call (251) 342 0555 or email

Full Photography Policy & Fees

Garden Features

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Entrance Sign at Museum Drive

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Fern Glade 2014

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Longleaf Forest Wildflowers September 2014

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Rhododendron Garden March 21

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Transformation Sculpture by Bruce Larsen

Wintergarden on Visit MBG page

Winter Garden Pathway