Summer’s Heat Can Be Inspirational

AUGUST HAS ARRIVED and guess what?! We are halfway through the summer heat! August is really a month the reluctant gardener hates to be in the yard. Hot, humid and buggy—hopefully you have kept up with your chores and can now just enjoy the blooms and watch the sprinkler spew rainbow droplets on your thirsty lawn and garden.

Why not take a day trip with the family or a friend to a beautiful garden you do not have to maintain? There are so many in our area and what a perfect way to gather ideas for your own summer garden in 2016! Let’s talk about a few places that are sure to provide a fun, relaxing day for you.

New Orleans Botanical Garden—located in City Park on the Southshore, the Botanical Garden is full of beauty and plants. You will see thousands of plants from all over the world, live oaks, water features and even an indoor solarium. When you tire of all the garden has to offer, stroll over to the lagoon for a boat ride or get a cool drink at Morning Call. The Garden is open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday, but closed on Monday.


Longue Vue House and Gardens—also in New Orleans, off Metairie Road, this landmark home will truly amaze you. The gardens were started in 1935, but the home was not completed until 1942. Renowned landscaper, Ellen Shipman, worked on that garden until her death in 1950. Edith and Edgar Stern, owners of the home, made a lifetime commitment to making their home a place of beauty inside and out and sharing their love of Nature with their community. Opened in 1998, the Discovery Garden is a place of education for children and adults as well. Hours are Sunday 1–5 p.m. and Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


Houmas House Plantation and Gardens—Stunning gardens abound here year round. Wonderful examples of Louisiana plant life, as well as exotic plants, will be sure to inspire you with ideas for your own backyard. Sit under the oaks or stroll around many beautiful water features. Don’t miss out on the plantation and a cool drink from the restaurant. About an hour and 15 minute drive away, but well worth it. Open 7 days a week, 9–7 p.m.


What are you waiting for? Plan that day trip and get inspired and ready for fall. Don’t forget to take some pictures of the things that appeal to you most. You will return home with ideas and insight into how to make your own garden even more special.

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