Hidden Gems: New Orleans City Gardens

Longue Vue House and Gardens

Take a trip to the greener grasses of two beautiful gardens within the Big Easy’s city limits

In City Park, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is so easy to get to, just jump on the tram from the French Quarter that runs down Canal Street in the direction of the park, and you’re there within 20 minutes. www.neworleanscitypark.com; www.noma.org

At Longue Vue House and Gardens, you’ll find the 1930s Classical Revival Home and its Moorish-inspired gardens.


1--secret-sculptureLongue Vue: Hidden gems abound around every corner of the gardens.


2-gardenLongue Vue: Pink Camelias are a favourite bloom.

3-gardenLongue Vue: Water features, such as this red-bricked rill, are plenty.

4-veggiesLongue Vue: There are fresh veggies growing in the children’s garden, ripe for discovery.

5-springLongue Vue: Spring in bloom in strategically placed pots by the front door.

6-moorishLongue Vue: A Moorish fountain and diamond patterns at play.

7-sculptureSculpture Garden: Henry Moore’s curvaceous shapes welcome guests to the garden. Reclining Mother and Child, cast in 1977.

8-sculpture Sculpture Garden: Venus Victorius, by Pierre-August Renoir, sculpted in Bronze in 1914.

9-sculptureSculpture Garden: Monumental Head of Jean d’Aire, by Auguste Rodin, sculpted in Bronze and enlarged in 1909-11.

10-sculptureSculpture Garden: Karma, by Do Ho Suh, sculpted in Stainless Steel in 2010.

11-sculpture Sculpture Garden: Overflow, by Jaume Plensa, sculpted in Stainless Steel in 2005, with Spider, in Bronze, by Louise Bourgeois and LOVE, in aluminum and acrylic enamel, by Robert Indiana in the background.

12-blue-dogSculpture Garden: Blue Dog, by George Rodrigue, the beloved late New Orleans artist.