When most people think about New Orleans architecture, they picture the Creole cottages and ornate wrought iron balconies of the French Quarter. While it’s certainly worth visiting the Crescent City’s historic neighborhoods, some of New Orleans’ most beautiful features are its natural flora.
At TPG – The Plant Gallery, our landscape architects draw inspiration from around our beautiful city and bring it to your home or business. Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking to explore, here are our top three picks for can’t-miss landscape architecture destinations in New Orleans.
New Orleans Botanical Garden
The New Orleans Botanical Garden is a stunning oasis of natural beauty and art-deco sculptures nestled within the heart of New Orleans. Located in City Park, this enchanting garden boasts an impressive collection of both native and exotic plants, carefully curated to showcase the rich biodiversity of the region. As you explore the grounds, you’ll encounter a wide array of gardens, from the lily pond to the vibrant and fragrant rose garden.
One of the highlights of the New Orleans Botanical Garden is the Conservatory of the Two Sisters. This remarkable glass structure houses a variety of tropical plants, including orchids, bromeliads, and ferns. Step inside and be transported to a lush, verdant world where you can marvel at the vibrant colors and intricate beauty of this exotic flora.
Longue Vue House Gardens
Longue Vue House is a 20th-century estate renowned for beautifully preserved architecture, rich history, and stunning landscape. Spanning eight acres, the gardens are a true horticultural gem, designed by renowned landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. The gardens are divided into distinct areas, each with its own theme and character, offering a variety of experiences to visitors.
As you wander through the gardens, you’ll encounter formal parterres, lush green lawns, and meandering paths lined with vibrant flower beds. The diversity of plant life is remarkable, with a wide range of native and foreign species adding color and texture to the landscape. The gardens also feature charming fountains, reflecting pools, and secluded corners where visitors can find tranquility amidst the beauty of nature.
If you’re a local, you may have been familiar with the last two spots, but Paradigm Gardens is a true hidden gem. Nestled in the heart of NOLA’s Central City neighborhood, this unique urban farm promotes sustainable farming practices and connects people with fresh, locally grown produce. The farm spans over two acres and utilizes organic methods to cultivate a diverse range of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers.
Paradigm Gardens’ charming ambiance is further enhanced by its beautiful landscape design. Visitors can wander through the rows of vibrant vegetables, relax in the shade of mature trees, or enjoy a picnic surrounded by blooming flowers. The tranquil setting provides a respite from the bustling city and offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature in an urban environment.
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While the heat and humidity might make the Big Easy feel like a giant steam room at certain points of the year, it’s these steamy conditions that allow us to live in a floral oasis.