The Gardens of Houmas House Plantation have been developed as a lush 38-acre panorama of indigenous Louisiana plant life and stunning exotics designed to beckon visitors to extend their stay.
Like the statues of the four seasons patiently await the arrival of each solstice and equinox along the River Road, the Gardens are planned to reflect the unique beauty of each part of the year.
Many sitting areas have been provided around the property to invite guests to sit and experience the year-round grandeur of the ancient oak alley, the fragrance of spring and summer blooms and the sights and sounds of bird life, wildlife and plantation life of long ago.
The Hampton Garden, the Upper Garden and the Neptune Pavillion Fountain and Lawn flank the dramatic and inviting Fountain Courtyard where many guests like to congregate following their tour of the Mansion.
With its year-round growing season, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is always alive with new plantings, new growth, and new blooms, even in the dead of winter. Adding to the natural show performed by the property’s plant life, the property is dramatically decorated for the holidays, both inside and out.
Spring comes early to plant life along the River Road, and the gardens at Houmas House literally explode overnight with color and fragrance. The gardens are managed to create a natural display of indigenous plant life and blooms alongside the more formal presentation of selected exotics that add to the overall Houmas House experience.
Cooling breezes from the Mississippi River are escorted onto the property by the ancient oak alley and cascaded onto appreciative visitors lingering in the fragrant gardens shaded by the spread of the plantation’s other historic oaks. Both annuals and perennials flourish in south Louisiana’s warm, moist summer climate to create a sub-tropical feeling for summertime visitors.
Many natives and visitors alike consider fall the best season for South Lousiana. Crisp mornings are almost spring-like before giving way to a friendly afternoon sun. In this climate, Houmas House celebrates the traditional harvest season, including special decorations, inside and out, for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Unlike more northerly climates, fall temperatures along the River Road promote longevity for the flourish of summer plants and allow for special plantings during these months.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep our gardens looking as good as they do? Here are some gardening tips from Houmas House Head Gardener, Craig Black.
Houmas House is a beautiful plantation located near New Orleans in Darrow, Louisiana. We’re open 7 days a week from 9am to 7pm. At Houmas House, you can tour the grounds, stay in the inn, enjoy Louisiana cuisine, and host one-of-a-kind weddings and events.