Academy of the Sacred Heart - 1821 Academy Rd., Grand Coteau, LA 70541. In continuous operation since 1821, this school is the second-oldest educational institution west of the Mississippi and features formal gardens and oak alley. (318) 662-5275.
Afton Villa Plantation offers a plantation gardens near is the home of a small but formal "parterre" gardens.
American Rose Center near Shreveport has gardens of roses blooming April through October on 18-acres America's largest park dedicated to the rose. Christmas in Roseland: 1 million Christmas lights from Thanksgiving Weekend-New Year's Eve. Admission. 8877 Jefferson Paige Rd., Shreveport, LA 71119 (318) 938-5402.
Barnwell Garden and Art Center in Shreveport features native and tropical plants in a huge domed botanical conservatory
Beau Fort Plantation - 4078 Hwy. 494, Natchitoches, LA 71457. On Hwys. 494 and 119. Built c.1790 with lovely gardens. (318) 352-9580, (318) 352-8352
Briarwood has wildflowers and woods in Natchitoches Parish and featuring the cabin of Caroline Dormon, founder of Kisatchie National Forest.,
ELsong Garden & Conservatory has charming courtyard gardens near downtown Monroe. (800) 362-0983 Biedenharn Museum & Gardens - 2006 Riverside Drive - Monroe, LA 71201 - (318) 387-5281 - Museum Hours: (Monday - Saturday) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Sunday) 2 - 5 p.m.
Fleur de Lis Bed & Breakfast - 336 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457. 1903 Victorian home cottage gardens. (800) 489-6621, (318) 352-6621.
Garden Guest House - Serene c.1900 restored cottage amid ten acres of centuries-old oaks and , tropical landscaping. 34514 Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, LA 70460. (504) 641-0335.
Grand Manor Bed & Breakfast - 217 Linwood Dr., Houma, LA 70360. Formal gardens. French & English spoken. (504) 876-5493.
Green Springs Home & Gardens - Built by "Spinach" Madeline Nevill on Tunica Hills terrain. Woodland walk. 7463 Tunica Trace (Hwy 66), St. Francisville, LA 70775. (504) 635-4232, (800) 457-4978.
Hodges Gardens near Toledo Bend Reservoir has 4,700-acres that feature four seasons of blooms with waterfalls and rocky bluffs. Louisiana's "Garden in the Forest" Admission P.O. Box 900, Many, LA 71449. U.S. 171 south of Many, (318) 586-3523, (800) 354-3523
Houmas House Plantation & Gardens - 40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, LA 70725-2302. Greek Revival mansion (1840) surrounded by romantic gardens. The movie Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte starring Bette Davis was filmed here. (504) 473-7841, New Orleans (504) 522-2262.
Jungle Gardens of Avery Island sits on a salt dome that is shared by the Tobasco hot sauce company near Bayou Teche and New Iberia. The gardens are a good place for bird watchers. Jungle Gardens, Inc. - Highway 329, Avery Island, LA 70513. By admission. (318) 369-6243.
Kent House is the home of a small but formal "parterre" garden in Alexandria
Le Jardin Sur le Bayou B&B and Gardens - 256 Lower Country Dr., Bourg, LA 70343. house set on 26 acre with lush native gardens, wildlife sanctuary, century old oaks, ponds, arboretum (504) 594-2722.
Longue Vue House and Gardens in the heart of New Orleans offers English and Spanish formal gardens, Spanish courtyard, and of course fountains.
Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo - Standifer Rd. Off U.S. 165 S., Monroe, LA 71210. Tours by boat and train. (318) 329-2400.
Louisiana State has their Louisiana State Arboretum near Ville Platte offers a natural forest.
Mon Coeur Bed & Breakfast - Greek Revival style plantation home facing False River. Balconies, courtyard & gardens. 7739 False River Dr., Oscar, LA 70762. (504) 638-9892.
New Orleans Botanical Gardens in historic City Park features acres of gardens and lagoons and numerous Art Deco motifs.
Oaklawn Manor Plantation - 3296 East Oaklawn Dr. (off Irish Bend Rd.), Franklin, LA 70538. Antebellum, c. 1837, Greek Revival mansion, landscaped gardens, Louisiana's largest grove of oaks. (318) 828-0434, (318) 828-2290.
Oakley House in St. Francisville is the home of a small "parterre" garden that were common among the early plantation owners.
Original Swamp Gardens of Morgan City feature walking guided tours of 31/2 acres of natural South Louisiana swamp portraying life in the great Atchafalaya Swamp and animals native to the swamp. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. 725 Myrtle St., Morgan City, LA 70380 (504) 384-3343
Rip Van Winkle Gardens on Jefferson Island near New Iberia sits on a salt dome that appears like an island above the surrounding swamps and marshlands. Live Oak Gardens are the home of actor Joseph Jefferson. On National Historic Register. Art Gallery, Antique Decoy Museum, Cafe, Museum Store. 5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd., New Iberia, LA 70560. (318) 365-3332.
Rosedown Plantation and Historic Garden is the home of a small but formal "parterre" gardens. Acclaimed the nation's fifth most important historic garden, 28 acres, 12501 Hwy. 10, St. Francisville, LA 70775. 504 635-3332.
Shadows-on-the-Teche - The only National Trust Historic House Museum & Garden in Louisiana, c. 1834. Authentically restored historic site. Guided tours 317 E. Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560. (318) 369-6446.
Spalding Day Lily Garden, Town of Iowa - 115 N. Thomson Ave., Iowa, LA 70647. (318) 582-3535.
Tezcuco Plantation - 3138 Hwy. 44, River Road, Darrow, LA 70725. C. 1855 antebellum Greek Revival mansion. Grounds include chapel, gardens, dollhouse, commissary, Civil War & African-American museum, antique, gift shop. (504) 562-3929. NOTE: The building was totally destroyed by fire in 2002.
Wildlife Gardens - 5306 N. Bayou Black Dr. (14 miles west of Houma), Gibson, LA 70356. Bed & Breakfast cabins in natural swamp. Garden tours. Alligator farm, native animals. (504) 575-3676.
Windrush Gardens at the Rural Life Museum near Baton Rouge offers a large 25 acre garden featuring classical statuary. 4600 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. (504) 765-2437.
Zemurray Gardens near Hammond features a 150-acre azalea garden, blooming trees, flowering shrubs of Southeast Louisiana. A nature trail passes around the gardens' scenic 20-acre lake. Open March through Mid-April. Self-guided walking tours. Admission. 23115 Zemurray Gardens Dr. (Hwy 40), Loranger, LA 70446 (504) 878-2284.
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