The 3 Most Beautiful Gardens in Louisiana You Should Visit
Louisiana is a gorgeous area for flowers, with lots of beautifully landscaped gardens that are fun for kids and adults. The state’s mild weather means you can enjoy the outdoors even in winter. In spring and summer, magnolias, irises, orchids, violets, azaleas, and native wildflowers bloom in a huge variety of colors. Here are some of the most beautiful gardens in Louisiana.
The American Rose Center
The American Rose Center in Shreveport is the official home of the American Rose Society. It has 20,000 varieties of roses in 65 gardens, and it provides education and information for rose lovers. The American Rose Society was founded in 1892, and it’s the oldest single plant horticultural society in America. The gardens form the largest park dedicated to roses in the United States, and visitors can see beautiful sculptures and fountains.
Guided tours cost $10 for between 15 and 50 people, and guests can taste rose tea and jelly at the end of the tour. Carts are available with advance notice, and the gardens also have barbecue grills and picnic areas. The American Rose Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is also in Shreveport, and it has a 40-acre garden with over 15,000 plants, including about 100 varieties of azalea. There are also majestic hardwoods, pine trees, several small streams, and a large ornamental pond. The wooden and cast iron benches make great places for bird watching, and the property is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge, and admission is free. The gardens are open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the gallery is open from Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
The antebellum Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana, is a Louisiana Historic Site that was restored in 1956. Daniel and Martha Turnbull created lavish, European-style gardens at this Federal-Greek Revival plantation in 1835, and the gardens eventually spread to cover 28 acres. Rosedown is named after a play the Turnbulls watched on their honeymoon in Europe. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $10 for adults, and discounts are available for seniors 62 and over and children under 18. Kids under five get in for free. Guided tours of the mansion take place every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and visitors can explore the gardens on their own.
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