A Trip To The New Orleans Botanical Garden

I’ve been sending a lot of people to the New Orleans Botanical Garden recently.  I went a couple of weeks ago and I enjoyed myself so much that I’ve been recommending it to everyone, whether they are guests at La Belle Esplanade or they live here already.  A trip to the New Orleans Botanical Garden is well worth the visit.  Frau Schmitt and I went this morning.  I’m going back to buy a tee shirt to show my dedication.  I like it that much.

It’s beautiful up there.  I took a couple of pictures this morning as we strolled around part of the garden.  We didn’t want to take in the whole thing—save more for later.  We live in New Orleans and City Park is at the end of our street.  We’re not in a rush.


Southern Shade Garden in New Orleans Botanical Garden
The Shade Garden in City Park. It’s peaceful and cool.


This isn’t to suggest that the whole New Orleans Botanical Garden is huge and can’t be enjoyed in an afternoon.  This is New Orleans.  Everything is dense and compact in New Orleans.  When we went to Memphis, we went to that city’s botanical garden.  Theirs is more laid out to be driven around.  Not so in New Orleans.  If you march through without pausing to enjoy your surroundings, it will take you about 40 minutes to set foot everywhere in the New Orleans Botanical Garden.

Don’t do that.  Take your time.  It’s an oasis at the end of our street.


When I chose the pictures to illustrate today’s installment.  I didn’t know what I was going to talk about.  I just make these articles up as I go along.  When your subject is New Orleans there is always plenty to talk about.  So, the pictures I lined up are of the sculptures in the New Orleans Botanical Garden, not so much on the flora.  Oh well.  At least the prose is always on point.

The sculptures are by Enrique Alferez.  His work is scattered all around City Park, especially so in the Botanical Garden.  Here’s another.  It’s called Family:

New Orleans Botanical Garden
When you see a work by Enrique Alferez, you know what you’re looking at. This is a statue of an idealized family.


What I like about Enrique Alferez is that I know what I’m looking at when I see his work.  What I like about his work in the Botanical Garden is that it fits right in.  His statues are as much a part of the fabric of the place as the flowers and trees.  He was like a force of nature.

Then, there’s this:

New Orleand Botanical Gardens
The most Instagrammed view at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens.

I could yammer on about the Botanical Garden all day but I know you’ve got stuff to do.  Let this blog post just whet your appetite of all the things that on offer to see at one end of Esplanade Avenue in City Park.  There is more.  There is always more.

If you are bored in New Orleans, you have a hole in your imagination.  Only boring people are bored and even boring people aren’t bored in New Orleans.  The New Orleans Botanical Garden…check it out!

Have a great New Orleans day today, whoever you may happen to find yourself,

–La Belle Esplanade.

…ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans and in Louisiana, #3 in the U.S., and the #17 place to stay in the whole world.

Monday, July 17, 2018:. It was Bastille Day this weekend.  New Orleans isn’t a part of France anymore but there is a deep and enduring French connection.  The city celebrated its French roots this weekend like there was no turning back.  À votre santé!!