A Favorite Spot for Locals and Visitors to New Orleans
The New Orleans Botanical Garden is more than just another tourist attraction. To New Orleans residents it represents the city's indubitable spirit of perseverance. This beautiful picture shown on a Worldwide Gifts refrigerator magnet demonstrates but one of the many spectacular and lovely sights contained within this lovely garden. You'll definitely want to include the Botanical Garden on your itinerary during your visit to New Orleans, and take home this pretty collectible magnet as a souvenir from Louisiana.
The Botanical Garden is part of the New Orleans City Park, with an entrance behind the New Orleans Museum of Art at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. It was originally named the City Park Rose Garden, and was the city's first public garden, planted in 1836. The Botanical Garden is surrounded by the largest stand of live oak trees in the country, with massive sculpted trees as old as 800 years.
How Does the Botanical Garden Represent the Spirit of New Orleans?
New Orleans has always been proud of its collection of 2000 plant species, ornamental ponds and breathtaking sculpture. In addition to the original collection of roses, the Garden contains lovely ponds with aquatic plants, ornamental trees and thousands of perennials, both native and exotic.
However, when New Orleans was hit with the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, the Botanical Gardens were severely damaged. For two weeks there were three feet of standing water in the park, destroying most of the plants in the garden and causing extreme water damage to the Conservatory, the Pavilion of the Two Sisters, the Garden Study Center and Lath House.
The people of New Orleans came together to rebuild and replant their beloved Botanical Garden. In spite of their own personal losses, volunteers gathered in droves to clean, repair, rebuild and replant the New Orleans Botanical Garden, which was re-opened only 6 months after the hurricane.