Photo of Dr. William E. Barrick

Bill Barrick


Executive Director of Bellingrath Gardens and Home


Theodore, Alabama


Bill Barrick received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University and a doctorate in landscape horticulture from Michigan State University. After graduation, he served as an assistant professor in ornamental horticulture at the University of Florida. He was executive vice president and director of gardens at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, for almost twenty years before becoming executive director of Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Nov. 1999. Barrick is a past president of the American Public Garden Association and past chairman of the American Horticultural Society. His awards include the 1994 Arthur Hoyt Scott Horticulture Medal, the 2012 Governor’s Tourism Award from the Alabama Tourism Department, the American Horticulture Society’s 2015 Liberty Hyde Bailey Award and the 2015 Auburn University College of Agriculture Outstanding Alumni Award for the horticulture department. Barrick has served on the board of Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau since 2000 and currently serves as vice chairman of the board. Additionally, he serves on the board of the South Mobile County Tourism Authority as a founding member and chairman. Most recently he was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to the Alabama Coastal Advisory Committee. He served on the advisory committee for the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., and the Auburn University College of Agriculture Advisory Committee. He is the author of the American Horticultural Society’s 75 Great American Garden Plants, co-author of the American Horticultural Society’s Southeast SmartGarden Regional Guide and a contributing writer for How to Achieve A Heaven on Earth. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Mobile and Leadership Alabama. Barrick is also an affiliate professor in ornamental horticulture at Auburn University. He and his wife, Jessica, are members of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church and are involved in several cultural organizations in the community.


“I have many fond memories of Auburn that include attending classes in horticulture and botany, but most important are the  lifelong friendships I made with fellow students.  It has been rewarding to see so many of my fellow students be successful in their careers as a result of the quality education we all received at Auburn.” 

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