Every Tuesday, the Places to Go, Things to Do segment highlights an event or location for gardeners and nature-lovers to enjoy in the Southeastern U.S. Know of an event or location you’d like to see featured here? Make your suggestions in the comments section below.
Places to Go, Things to Do:
New Orleans Botanical Garden
This weekend, the New Orleans Botanical Garden is holding a Rose Sale on Saturday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This is a perfect opportunity to get out and explore these gardens, where current blooms include American Redbud, Star Magnolia, Azaleas, Coral Honeysuckle, Louisiana Iris, and much more.
A Little History:
In 1936, the City Park Rose Garden opened as the first public classical garden in New Orleans. Built as a Work s Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression, it was designed by New Orleans architect Richard Koch, landscape architect William Wiedorn, and artist Enrique Alferez.
Nearly 50 years later, the gardens had a collection of more than 2,000 varieties of plants from around the world, and was renamed the New Orleans Botanical Garden. New buildings and gardens were added throughout the 80’s and 90’s, and the Botanical Garden thrived until the August 2005 arrival of Hurricane Katrina.
The Botanical Garden lost 90% of its plants in the hurricane, though fortunately the buildings and artwork were largely spared. With the supreme effort of volunteers and help from donations, the garden began a restoration program and was able to reopen just six months after the hurricane hit. To help citizens learn from the disaster and move forward, the garden began offering classes on rebuilding gardens with plants that could withstand hurricanes and other events in the future.
What You’ll Find Today:
The New Orleans Botanical Garden contains a variety of different gardens, including:
- Zemurray Azalea and Camellia Garden
- Original WPA Formal Garden
- Lord & Taylor Rose Garden
- Palm Garden and Tropical Garden
- Plano Demonstration Garden and Cold Frames
- Historic New Orleans Train Garden
- The garden is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is closed Mondays.
- Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for kids 5 – 12. Children under 5 and Friends of City Park receive free admission.
- The garden is located behind the New Orleans Museum of Art. Click here for directions.
- Wheelchairs are welcome, but no bicycles, skates, skateboards, or pets.
- See the Events Calendar for a list of upcoming concerts, plant sales, lectures, and more.
Have you visited the New Orleans Botanical Garden? Tell us about your experiences and offer tips to future visitors in the comments section below!