City Park has been around since 1854, making it one of the nation's oldest urban parks and the botanical garden has been open since the 1930's.
|The main building with oaks.|
|View to the Conservatory of the Two Sisters|
|Entrance to Storyland|
This 1,300 acre botanical garden contains more than 2,000 plants, many native to Louisiana - think
magnolias, oaks, swamp iris.
There are a variety of garden types here to see. I may be a little out of order with my pictures and exactly which garden they belong to, but you'll get the idea.
The Zemurray Azalea and Camellia Garden is a formal garden with a manicured lawn and azaleas, rhododendrons and magnolias. We were a little late in the season to see the azaleas blooming.
|Oak with Spanish moss.|
|Iris 'Willa Mae'|
|Iris 'Laura Louise'|
The Conservatory of Two Sisters has a small rainforest collection in the right wing as well as a Living Fossils garden in the left wing. The Living Fossil exhibit includes a variety of prehistoric plants like ferns, cycads and mosses.
|View to the Conservatory of the Two Sisters.|
|A lovely Bottlebrush.|
|Entering the rainforest.|
|The Living Fossils - There is an Alligator Gar in the pond!|
|Pyrrosia hastata (Felt Fern)|
|Aglaomorpha coronans (Santa Rosa Fern)|
The Yakumo Nihon Teien Japanese Garden is small but quaint. It's easy to miss too if you don't notice the entrance while wondering around.
|八云日本庭园 (Eight Cloud Japanese Garden)|
The Stove House was a hot house packed to the gills with cactus and succulents. It was also teaming with little local reptiles just hanging out amongst the plants in the sunny warmth. I will cover this in another separate post as there were so many nice specimens to see.
|An Agave in front of The Stove House|
|I would be happy to take all this home!|
|Hello little friend!|
|A sugar kettle water garden.|
The is a formal Rose Garden. However roses don't like the heat and humidity of New Orleans and require a lot of care and have to be replaced every few years.
The Lily Pond has a variety of hardy and tropical water lilies and a lovely statue of a girl riding a fish . Adjacent to the ponds are beds of roses.
The Southern Shade Garden was an area of tree ferns, hydrangeas, azaleas, caladiums, aroids and varieties of Japanese maples.
|Rumohra adiantiformis (Leather Leaf Fern)|
The New Orleans Historic Train Garden is a model train area laided out to approximate the city. There are miniature buildings that represent typical house styles of New Orleans.
If you have a chance, please check out this jewel in City Park.