By the Numbers
1974: The year a band of horticulturists founded Mobile Botanical Gardens to preserve the local environment
100: The number of acres filled with cultivated gardens, woodland trails, and longleaf pines
12: The oldest age a visitor can enter the gardens for free without parachuting in past the gate
The Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
The forest blooms with more than 165 species of plants, including longleaf pines, southern magnolias, and native wildflowers.
The Founders? Fragrance and Texture Garden
Benches, a Japanese footbridge, and a small koi pond distinguish this garden, which was designed for the visually impaired.
The Millie McConnell Rhododendron Garden
Nineteenth-Century architectural artifacts line the brick paths. Hummingbirds and butterflies often buzz about the shrubs and annuals.
With more than 500 locations in 40 states, the Lawn Doctor franchise vaunts core care programs that cover everything from shrub care and pest control to natural, synthetic, and organic lawn fertilization. A free evaluation of residential and commercial plots uncovers the distinct characteristics of the area, such as soil type, weather patterns, and annual rate of pink-flamingo theft. After technicians spread seeds with patented Turf Tamer equipment, home or business owners can solicit color-free treatments to coax away weeds or special pesticides to stave off fire ants, millipedes, and Hollywood movie producers scouting locations for another FernGully installment.
The domestic tidiers and janitorial crews at Maxraiders General Cleaning pride themselves on keeping homes and offices shipshape while delivering top-notch customer service. In addition to the expected mopping, dusting, and vacuuming regimens, they also offer pressure washing, car detailing, and lawn-sitting services.
The yard-beautifying pros at Bayshore Landscapes know that a property's landscaping greatly enhances curb appeal, and furthermore, that landscaping isn't limited solely to plants. With this in mind, their services run the gamut of land enhancement, encompassing everything from ongoing lawn care to installing lighting systems and building outdoor pergolas that give owners a comfy perch from which to enjoy their newly made-over yard. The team walks new clients through the entire process from scheming over the initial designs to planning regular upkeep. To take the guesswork out of renovations, they also offer free estimates for all of their services before breaking any ground.
The recently renovated Landmark Skate and Fun Center offers families a cornucopia of indoor activities inside an air-conditioned entertainment emporium. A skating ring sets the stage for jaw-dropping pirouettes during open-skate sessions and private events. Hands and eyes concentrate their efforts against automated enemies in the arcade area, and a techno-dance area lets feet showcase their rhythmic floor-touching skills. For kids, the play zone boasts a series of super slides and a balloon room, where children can safely bounce around without fear of sailing off into space.
Backed by a decade of experience, The Groundskeeper's owner Jeff Hendrix dispatches and oversees fully licensed and insured crews to tidy homes' leafy parlors. Lawn rangers will rove over up to half an acre of grass with their hungry mowers before cuddling up to fences, flower beds, and driveways with string trimmers. Then, they'll edge around pathways, ensuring that wayward weeds don't start spelling out rude messages on sidewalks, and blow away any mower residue, debris, or leaves for a span of flawless verdure.