Apr 24

New Orleans Botanical Garden:Big Blooms in the Big Easy

Pink OrchidThe New Orleans Botanical Garden makes for a nice stop while taking in the lovely City Park in New Orleans.  The Garden originally opened its doors in 1936 as part of the WPA program and now is home to over 2,000 varieties of plants from all of over the world.  The New Orleans Botanical Garden is a relatively small garden at 12 acres but it does have a good selection of plants and the admission price of $6 per adult is in the right neighborhood of where it should be.StatueThe layout of the New Orleans Botanical Garden is pretty straight forward, divided up into 16 distinct areas.  The ones that stood out to Karen and me were the Zemurray azalea and Camellia Garden, The Lord and Taylor Rose Garden, the Conservatory of the Two Sisters, Yakumo Nihon Teien Japanese Garden, and the Historic New Orleans Train Garden.  Having visited in early spring the rose garden area was not at its peak but the conservatory was beautiful inside.  I also thought the train garden was a nice little bonus to the garden experience especially since it was a recreation of what New Orleans would have looked like in the late 1800s.Butterfly GardenKaren and I enjoyed our walk through the New Orleans Botanical Garden before we strolled through the sculpture garden on our way to the New Orleans Museum of Art.  It was nice to see the Azaleas in full bloom and the many different types of orchids in the conservatory made it Karen’s favorite area.  The architecture of the buildings and fountains were nice, and seeing some of the old growth oak trees that survived Hurricane Katrina and the flood gave the feeling of just how old the garden is.  Also the artwork and statues found throughout the garden just completed the experience.  We just wish that we would have been able to visit a little bit later in spring to see the garden at its finest.Botanical GardenOverall, Karen and I would recommend stopping by the New Orleans Botanical Garden if you are already planning on spending time at City Park in New Orleans.  We also recommend going on a Wednesday because the New Orleans Art museum is free on that day, which made paying the admission price to the relatively small garden worth it.  Though it is not a large garden the variety of plants and number of small garden areas makes it seem like it is much bigger than it actually is.  If you are into gardening and like to go to them then the New Orleans Botanical Garden is worth seeing if not then I would recommend spending your hard earned money on other attractions in New Orleans.in the greenhouseTo see other garden reviews like the New Orleans Botanical Garden click here

New Orleans Botanical Garden
Located at 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA
Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. closed every Monday
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 12 and over $6.00 and Children 5 to 12 $3.00
For more information visit their website at http://garden.neworleanscitypark.com/New Orleans Train Garden


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