Southern Living Magazine returned to the yard of a Midtown Mobile Home Monday to re-create the cover of it’s first issue published nearly fifty years ago to celebrate the magazine’s upcoming golden anniversary. The landscape has changed over the years. Hurricane Frederic took out pine trees so many of the azaleas died from the loss of shade. That’s why experts delivered two truck loads of a zaleas to The Delwood Neighborhood home to re-create as much of its historic exterior as possible. “It was in the hey day of azaleas in Mobile. The Azalea Trail was still a huge thing here in the city and this was one of the premiere locations to take a shot in the spring”, said Kip McConnell with Plant Development Services of Loxley.
Mobile’s original azalea doesn’t bloom in October, so McConnell used a hybrid to create the picture perfect scene. The Encore Azalea blooms in Spring, Summer, and Fall. “I think we’ve made it look pretty good, pretty close to the original and I think people will be pleased to be able to see the differences”, said McConnell.