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
####Places to Explore
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.
Mobile Botanical Gardens' biggest attractions, the plants and flowers, change with the seasons. Here's what you can expect to see throughout the year:
* January: Asian magnolia hybrids
* March: Honeysuckle azaleas
* April: Roses
* July: Bananas and other edibles
* November: Tremendous savings on this year's hottest electronics
####Things to Learn
Here are just a few of the topics covered by Mobile Botanical Gardens' [educational programs](http://gr.pn/1eUKHfG):
* Which plants thrive in low-light conditions
* How to make your own bog garden
* How to plant a vegetable garden with minimal work and maximum yield
* Which flowers attract the most hummingbirds