50the Anniversary Cascading Mum Display
November 10 - 17, 2013
Hundreds of colorful four-foot long cascades will be displayed on bridges and balconies, in baskets and containers through the Gardens. Guests will also enjoy the columns of mums and thousands of mums in the flower beds in the fall colors of yellow, red, bronze, orange and white. The Great Lawn’s dramatic border will be a feast for the eyes.
Bellingrath’s Mum show is one of the grandest in the country. All of the cascades are grown at Bellingrath. Moving the cascades into the gardens is one of the most spectacular horticultural events of the year. It takes over nine months to grow a single crop – a true labor of love by Bellingrath’s expert growers.
Casacde Mum Display History
Mums & Memories - September 1 - October 1
Were you one of the 14,000 people that came to Bellingrath
Gardens in 1963 to see the first Mum Show? We are looking for old photos and memories of
your visits to Bellingrath Gardens during the Mum Show over the past 50
years. To help us compile a timeline of
images and memories of Bellingrath Gardens’ Mum Show, please send us your
photos and anecdotes. We can scan your
images and return them to you or you can send them to us electronically at
. We would like to receive as many as
possible by October 1, 2013 so we may create a wonderful timeline display for
everyone to enjoy!
Parade of Mums: October 28 - November 8
on Monday, October 28th, you can watch hundreds of cascading mums,
spheres, hanging baskets and columns being moved by the horticultural staff
into their display locations in the Gardens.
the greenhouse production staff removes hundreds of twist ties off of the metal
frames used to train the cascades, the gardening staff carefully load the mums
onto specially designed racks built by our maintenance staff. The gardening staff carefully drives the
trailers from the production area through parking lots into the Gardens
creating a parade of mums.
designed display racks fitted with automatic irrigation are used on balconies
and bridges for holding the cascade mums. In order to make this process easier, special equipment is brought in to
lift the cascades, spheres and baskets onto balcony railings and tree
Parade of Mums typically takes two weeks to transport and install all of the
mums throughout the Gardens making this process a well choreographed
combination of horticulture, engineering and creativity.
Cascade Mum 2013 Photo Contest: November 4 - 17
Gardens and Home produces one of the most spectacular outdoor cascading mum
displays in the nation. This year will be no exception especially since we are
celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Display.
have seen some of our photography from the display and this year we want to see
some of yours. We know we have some very talented photographers of all ages
that visit the Garden. So grab your cameras, tour the Mum Display between
November 4, 2013 and November 17, 2013 and photograph the Mums you love. Pick
your favorite image and submit it on Facebook to win.
Bellingrath Staff will narrow the entries in each category into the top three
and re-post them for our fans to select the winner.
Winners: Friends of Bellingrath Family Membership & their original image
professionally printed and matted for framing
Runner Up: Ten Garden and Home Admission Passes
Runner Up: Six Admission Passes for Magic Christmas in Lights
12 and under / Students 13 to 18 / Adults 19 and up.
Go to www.facebook.com/bellingrath for
complete rules, guidelines, category details, prizes and to enter. All photos
must be submitted on the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Facebook Page.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: Sunday, November 17,
Mum Watch 2013: November 1 - 17
Please check the Bellingrath Gardens and Home website to watch the blooming progress of the
Mums. We anticipate that they will peak
between November 10-17, 2013. We cannot
always predict Mother Nature's schedule, but you can check the status every day
Cascade Mum Bloon Out: November 10 - 17
The cascades, spheres, baskets and columns should be at
their peak during this week - we call it BLOOM OUT! Please do not miss this year's
display. We will have information about
growing mums, including a video of the process in the Boehm Gallery. Grab your camera and the family and come to
Bellingrath to enjoy the most stunning outdoor display of cascading mums in the