A Shade Story :: The New Orleans Botanical Garden

Travel around New Orleans City Park this summer and you’ll be looking for some shade to rest underneath. At the New Orleans Botanical Garden – they deliver shade!

The raised beds in the Southern Shade Garden is beauty in motion with shade loving plants such as Hydrangeas, Azaleas, numerous species of ferns and several shade loving groundcovers. Tree Ferns (Cyathea cooperii), with their spreading fronds, make striking architectural focal points along with several varieties of Japanese Maples (Acer japonica). Impatiens and Caladiums make a vibrant appearance during their annual growing season. Enjoy the delicate fragrance of Sweet Olive (Osmanthus fragrans) while swinging on one of our colorful swings under the Live Oaks.

The Garden is also filled with art. But today we’re looking for shade art. The next few photos show the Garden’s residents (the plants!) throwing some shade on the ground and looking good doing it.

New Orleans Botanical Garden hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am - 4:30pm Closed Mondays
The Historic New Orleans Train Garden: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4:30pm
The last entrance time is a 1/2 hour before closing. The entrance to the Garden is on Victory Drive in City Park. Ample free parking is available along Victory Ave. and in the lot across from the Garden.