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New Orleans Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden Botanical Garden Photo by Tom Bastin via Flickr

Situated in the City Park, the 12-acre Botanical Garden of New Orleans serves as the horticulture activity center for the surrounding Gulf South and Louisiana, offering various programs for adults and kids. The actual garden walk can last anywhere from twenty minutes to a few hours. Maps are given at the entrance to lead visitors through the 12 acres that make up the garden. This educational and relaxing walk includes visits to The Tropical Garden, Yakumo Nihon Teien Japanese Garden, The Herb Garden, etc.

Another well-known attraction is the Train Garden which consists of buildings made totally out of plant materials. Lots of workers were skeptical when it first opened several years ago, since it is the city’s first ever Train Garden. However, the Train Garden has become among the most recognized sites in the City Park. The Train Garden is open on weekends only.

While walking through every garden, you can see Dial and Discover signs. Dialing the posted number on your phone will allow you to listen to a short information speech about the history, plants and flowers of the particular garden you’re in. If you want a more thorough guide, then you can go for the private group tours that are accessible by reservation only. These tours are reserved for groups that consist of 20 people or more as well as include lunch. You can also have your own personal tour guide.

The Botanical Garden of New Orleans is made of several miniature gardens and each garden room or section features unique species of flora, structures and pathways to help everyone separate and define these sections.

Information

Hours:
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 4:30 pm and Closed Mondays
The Train Garden open Sat and Sun from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Address/Map:  1 Palm Dr New Orleans, LA 70124
Phone: (504) 483-9386
Website: New Orleans Botanical Garden
   
Admission: $6 for adults (over 12), $3 for children (age 5 to 12)
  FREE for children under 5 and friends of City Park