The Garden Guide

New Orleans Botanical Garden

The botanical garden was founded in the 1930s and has matured into an ordered and elegant place of resort with buildings and statuary. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 caused significant damage to the botanical garden.
Photograph © New Orleans City Park
Photograph © New Orleans City Park
Photograph © D. Scott Lipsey


The New Orleans Botanical Garden, consisting of twelve acres in historic City Park, was planned and planted during the 1930’s as a Works Progress Administration project. Originally called simply The Rose Garden, it was created to fill an aesthetic need of the general public who, unable to afford the luxury of private gardens, would otherwise have been deprived of enjoying such horticultural delights. The garden represents the collaboration of three designers: architect Richard Koch, landscape architect William Wiedorn, and sculptor Enrique Alferez. Each played a prominent design role in the New Orleans community during the twentieth century. The New Orleans Botanical garden is one of a very few surviving examples of garden design from the WPA and Art Deco periods. The Gardens have been a source of learning for people of all ages for many years. It has offered a multitude of programs, such as educational school tours, summer camps, adult education classes and cultural events.

Plants of note

The New Orleans Botanical Garden provides a vibrant palette to explore well over 2,000 varieties of plants from all over the world. The 12 acre site contains several themed gardens including the Butterfly Walk, Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, and Tropical Garden. While visiting, explore the lush and diverse vegetation of a tropical rain forest and the story of the evolution of plant life over a 200 million year period in the Conservatory of the Two Sisters. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, the garden offers seasonal splashes of color and much to discover.There is also a collection of sculpture throughout the garden by Enrique Alferez.

1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, LA 70124

Tuesday to Sunday. Open 10am to 4:30pm.

Adults $6.00 Ages 5-12 $3.00 Under 5 is free

Visit the New Orleans Botanical Garden website

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