November 2009

New Orleans: City of Oleanders

One of the things I noticed about New Orleans historic districts is that the houses have flower boxes;

not just the houses on Bourbon Street with the lovely balconies and rows of planters but even the more modern urban houses. The residents keep those boxes filled with blooming flowers, too, even in February. New Orleans is so flower-friendly that it has an official Garden District. That's right; second only to the French Quarter in terms of historical importance, tourist dollars, and lovely aristocratic homes and gardens, the Garden District has enough lovely homes with exquisite gardens that there are tours. You can also just walk around on your own using a New Orleans Garden District map.