District 1Audubon Park and Zoological Gardens: 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans LA 70118 (504)861-2537 or (800)774-7394. This 53 acre zoo features habitats such as the Asian Domain, the African Savanna, the Australian Outback, the Louisiana Swamp, the Jaguar Jungle as homes to over 1,500 wild creatures.
District 1Beau Fort Plantation: 4078 Louisiana Highway 494 119, Bermuda LA 71457 (318)352-9580. Built on the former site of Ft. Charles in 1830, it features an early Creole-style home with a 84 foot gallery at the culmination of a live oak alley.
District 1Beauregard Keyes House and Garden: 1113 Chartres Street, New Orleans LA 70116 (504)523-7257. The gardens of this restored Greek Revival Cottage were created in 1826.
District 1Gallier House: 1132 Royal Street, New Orleans LA 70116 (504)525-5661 or (504) 523-6722. An elegant 1857 restored French Quarter townhouse with courtyards, designed by architect James Gallier, stands in what was formerly the Ursuline Convent orchard
District 1Longue Vue House and Gardens: 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans LA 70124 (504)488-5488. The grounds of this elegant 8 acre estate with a Classical Revival mansion is one large formal garden (designed after the gardens of the Alhambra with striking fountains and pools), surrounded by six smaller garden rooms. Twenty three fountains ornament the gardens. Other gardens include the Pan Garden, the Portico Garden, and the Walled Gardens (featuring roses), the Yellow Garden, the Canal Garden, the Pond Garden and the Wild Garden (with natural forest walks featuring native plant materials).
District 1New Orleans City Park Botanical Garden: 1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124 (504)482-4888 Open year round, twelve acres of gardens and art, Stop and smell the roses in the Botanical Garden. Enjoy art in the open-air Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Stroll through the sprawling green space.
District 2 Oak Alley Plantation: 3645 Highway 18 (Great River Road), Vacherie, LA 70090 (225)265-2151 or (800)442-5539. The "Grande Dame" of the Great River Road, a 1/4 mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an avenue leading from the Mississippi to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home.
District 3 Acadian Village and Gardens: 200 Greenleaf Drive LAfayette LA 70506 (318)981-2364. Replica of an 1820s Acadian village on over 10 acres of land which is home to authentic looking houses, stores, and chapels with period gardens.
District 3Ira S. Nelson Horticulture Center: University of Southwestern Louisiana, 2206 Johnston Street LAfayette LA 70503 (318)482-6640. The Center houses ornamental plants and consists of classrooms LAboratories and 24,000 square feet of greenhouses.
District 3Jungle Gardens: Louisiana 329, Avery Island, LA 70513 (318)369-6243. Avery Island is the home of Tabasco sauce. But it's also the site of the fascinating Jungle Gardens, created by the second son of the creator of Tabasco sauce. Two hundred acres exhibit a variety of ornamental plants he collected as well as wildlife. Each year thousands of snowy white egrets and other migratory water birds return to Bird City at the Gardens. A Chinese garden contains a Buddha from 1000 a.d.
District 3Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site: 1200 N. Main Street, St. Martinville LA 70582 (888)677-2900. An 1815 raised Creole cottage style plantation house has been supplemented by an 1820 Acadian-style barn moved to the premises to demonstrate farmstead life in early Acadia. Gardens center around vegetables, indigo, cotton, medicinal herbs and native plants. District 3 Rip Van Winkle Gardens: 5505 Rip Van Winkle Road New Iberia LA 70560 (337)359-8525
District 4American Rose Center: 8877 Jefferson Paige Road (Exit 5 off I-20), West Shreveport LA (318) 938-5402. This marvelous 118 acre park exhibits over 20,000 rose bushes of over 400 varieties displayed in 61 separate gardens is the headquarters for the American Rose Society.
District 4Briarwood, Home of Caroline Dorman: 216 Caroline Dormon Road, Saline LA 71070 (318) 576-3379. Preserving native Louisiana flora was the lifetime passion of Caroline Dorman who collected and replanted her favorite native plants at Briarwood. This wild garden has a special emphasis the Louisiana iris.
District 5Elsong Garden and Conservatory: 2000 Riverside Drive, Monroe LA 71291 (800)362-0983. At the site of the Biedenharn Home (the first bottler of Coca-Cola) and the Bible Museum, this formal garden features flowering plants, several water features, and sculpture. Music, triggered by lasers, accompanies the visitors on their garden strolls.
District 5Kalorama: 7197 Collinston Road, on La Hwy 593, Collinston LA 71229 (318)874-7777 Native plant, bird, butterfly and habitat preservation and restoration.
District 5Kiroli Park: 820 Kiroli Road West Monroe LA (318)396-4016 160 acres of park with forested areas as well as nature trails, beautiful gardens, covered picnic areas, and a theater stage for performances. Home to the Ballet Under the Stars in the spring.
District 5Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo: Tichelli Road, P.O. Box 123, Monroe LA 71210 (318)329-2400. This 82 acre Zoo is home to approximately 440 animals of 167 different species. Landscaped gardens are mingled with naturalistic habitats that can be viewed by train or boat.
District 6Afton Villa Gardens: 9247 N. US Highway 61, Box 993, St. Francisville LA 70775 (225)635-6773. The ruins of a Gothic Mansion is the site of 10 acres of gardens and 30 acres of park-like grounds. A half mile oak alley, formal parterre, statuary, terraces, hundreds of azaleas and even peacocks.
District 6Audubon State Historic Site: 11788 Highway 965, St. Francisville LA 70775 (888)677-2838. Nestled in the 100-acre woodland site is Oakley House, home of John James Audubon for a short time. The grounds include formal and kitchen gardens, and a nature trail through magnolia and poplar trees.
District 6Burden Research Plantation: 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge LA 70809 (504)763-3990. This LSU plant research facility displays an All America Rose Selections accredited garden. Also on the Research Plantation Grounds are Windrush Gardens.
District 6Butler-Greenwood Plantation: 8345 US Highway 61, St. Francisville LA 70775 (225)635-6312. This historic plantation home is a Bed and Breakfast, surrounded by 50 acres of landscaped grounds including sunken and formal gardens featuring camellias, azaleas, hydrangea, sweet olive, magnolia fuscata, boxwood parterres and old-fashioned garden plants.
District 6Catalpa Plantation: 9508 US Highway 61, St. Francisville LA 70775 (225)635-3372. A Historic National Register plantation home in a landscaped setting that is still lived in by descendants of the original family. A 1,500 foot live oak alley still retains most of the original trees.
District 6Cohn Memorial Arboretum: 12056 Foster Road, Baton Rouge LA 70815-6743 (225)775-1006. This Arboretum offers meandering trails through 16 acres of more than 250 labeled varieties of native and exotic trees and shrubs. Special collections include a Japanese Maple Collection, an Orchid/Bromeliad House, a Tropical House, a Camellia Collection, Evergreen and Conifer collections, a Crape Myrtle Collection and an Herb/Fragrance Garden.
District 6Hilltop Arboretum: 11855 Highland Road (south of Louisiana State University Campus), P.O. Box 82608, Baton Rouge LA 70884 (225)767-6916. The University and the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum operate this 16-acre site originally developed as a nursery and display garden for native plants. Featured plants include century-old oaks, magnolias, tall grasses, bamboo, and wildflowers. The garden was designed in the form of a cathedral with a large central nave, passages and nooks. The nave and rooms are grass, while the walls are trees, shrubs and bamboo. Old tree trunks are pillars.
District 6Houmas House Plantation and Gardens: 40136 Highway 942, Burnside, Darrow LA 70725 (225) 473-7841 or (888)323-8314. Once the country's largest sugar cane plantation (20,000 acres sited on the Mississippi), this elegant Greek Revival mansion is surrounded by formal gardens beneath moss-laden live oaks, some more than 200 years old.
District 6Imahara's Botanical Gardens, 5341 Cr-225, St Francisville LA 70775 (225)635-6001 Take a stroll through the natural beauty of hardy and specialized plant collections in the natural setting of the alluvial Tunica soils.
District 6Rosedown Plantation & Gardens; 12501 Highway 10, St. Francisville LA 70775 The main house, historic gardens and 13 historic buildings and 371 remaining acres of Rosedown Plantation are preserved as a state historic site by the Office of State Parks
District 7Academy of the Sacred Heart: Church Street, PO BOX 310, Grand Coteau LA 70541, (318)662-5275. Established in 1821, the Academy, a girls' school, contains formal gardens and a magnificent oak alley.
District 7Louisiana State Arboretum: 4213 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte LA 70586 (318)363-6289 or (888)677-6100. This 300 acres mature beech-magnolia forest is enhanced with plantings of 133 species of trees and plants native to the state. Plants and trees are labeled and can be viewed from miles of trails.
District 7Prien Lake Park: 3700 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles LA 70601 (337)721-3500 (337491-1280 29-acre park featuring walking paths. Enjoy a haven of trees, flowers, fountains and streams, with a sweeping view of Prien Lake, the bridge and magnificent sunsets over the water.
District 8Historic Kent House Plantation: 3601 Bayou Rapides Road, Alexandria LA 71301 (318)487-5998. This authentic Creole plantation house, built prior to the Louisiana Purchase, features an herb and vegetable garden and a parterre garden.
District 8 Hodges Gardens: 1000 Hodges Loop, Florien LA 71429 (800)354-3523 or (318)586-4020. Hodges and his wife began with a 4,700 plot of logged barren land and created an experimental arboretum that now includes 70 acres of formal gardens on 3 levels. More than 50 seasonally changed flower beds are situated among rocks and waterfalls in an old quarry. 3 formal rose gardens include an All America Rose Selections garden. Walkways are edged by a stream and there is a 7-mile scenic drive. The garden also offers a petrified tree. This Garden recently became a Louisiana State Park.