Bellingrath Gardens

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Photo Spot Summary

Country: United States

Category: Travel

State: Alabama

City: Theodore

GPS Latitude: 30.430330

GPS Longitude: -88.141846


The gardens are located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL, 36582 From Interstate 10, take Exit 15A (Highway 90 – Theodore) to US Highway 90 and travel 2 miles. Turn left onto Bellingrath Road and travel south for 6 miles, then turn left onto Bellingrath Gardens Road.

Photo Spot Details

Bellingrath Gardens is a 65-acre public garden created by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bellingrath. Mrs. Bellingrath wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the beauty of a spring garden. She invited the public to visit in the spring of 1932, and the gardens have been open to the public ever since. There is ample free parking at the site, but an entrance fee is charged to visit the gardens. You are allowed to bring in a tripod, even during the very busy Christmas season, when the gardens are decorated with over three million lights.

You will definitely want your macro lens, close-up filters or extension tubes to get intimate close-ups of the gardens exquisite collection of flowers. You can check Bellingrath’s website to see what’s currently in bloom before you plan your trip.

Photo Tips

Besides your typical flower photography, experiment with abstracts. Try zooming, panning or twisting you camera for a surreal type shot. Or try a multiple exposure, moving your camera slightly with each shot. Look for reflections in the many pools and ponds in the gardens. Reflections can compliment your subject, or, they can be the subjects.

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About Elizabeth

Elizabeth grew up in Vancouver, on the beautiful West Coast of Canada. In 2012 she relocated to Houston Texas for two years and then moved to Gautier, Mississippi in July of 2014 for another three years. Now back in Vancouver, Elizabeth runs photography workshops and teaches many aspects of photography. Her areas of interest are widespread and include street, wildlife, nature, architecture, macro and long exposures. She is particularly passionate about black and white images. You can see more of her work on her website at or on Instagram at photosbyelizabethgray


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