Nature April 07, 2018
The 7 Most Colorful, Whimsical Gardens In Louisiana To Lose Yourself In
Well, folks, spring has sprung! While the weather is still pleasant and you’re just itching to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, consider venturing out to these colorful gardens.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. American Rose Center
Go ahead and stop and smell the roses at the American Rose Center. The season is from April 1st until the end of October and we’re in peak season right now. The 118-acre spot features more than 65 individual rose gardens and 20,000 rose bushes, making it the largest park dedicated to roses in the nation.
Address: 8877 Jefferson Paige Rd., Shreveport, LA 71119.
2. Jungle Gardens
Head on over to Avery Island to walk through the 170-acre botanical garden and bird sanctuary. This tranquil little spot stretches along Bayou Petite Anse and is filled with wildlife and bursting with colors.
Address: Hwy 329, Avery Island, LA 70513.
3. Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Located in New Iberia, Rip Van Winkle Gardens offers visitors the chance to view beautiful semi-tropical gardens and lovely views of Lake Peigneur. The 15 acres are filled with ancient oaks, beautifully manicured lawns, and the occasional peacock.
Address: 5505 Rip van Winkle Rd., New Iberia, LA 70560.
4. R.W. Norton Art Gallery
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery features original works of American and European art spanning 700 years. The 40 acres of lush gardens surrounding the museum are filled with tens of thousands of plants and are simply stunning in the springtime.
Address: 4747 Creswell Ave., Shreveport, LA 71106.
5. Houmas House and Gardens
The 38 acres of gardens filled with most indigenous and exotic plant life create an amazing sight that simply must be seen to be believed.
Address: 40136 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725.
6. Longue Vue House and Gardens
Tucked away in the Lakewood neighborhood of New Orleans, this hidden gem is a must-see for those looking to take in beautiful gardens. You can take a tour of the house and then stroll through eight acres of stunning gardens.
Address: 7 Bamboo Rd., New Orleans, LA 70124.
7. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
There are several gardens over at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, including a stone camellia garden, a tropical garden, a rose garden, an herb garden, a memory garden for quiet reflection, and so much more. A day spent here will renew you for sure.
Address: 4560 Essen Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70809.
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