Gardens of New Orleans: Exquisite Excess

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Chronicle Books, Feb 1, 2001 - Gardening - 208 pages
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New Orleans is a gardener's paradise. Fragrant ginger and night-blooming jessamine scent the air. Nary a crack in the cement or divot in the wall is free from rogue ferns, mosses, or draping greenery. For generations, residents from wildly varied cultures and sensibilities have been at work creating magnificent gardens throughout the city. New Orleans Gardens explores this rich history and tours public gardens, as well as opens the doors to lovingly tended private balcony, patio, and mansion grounds. Interviews discuss the environmental and cultural forces that shaped the gardens. In photography as sumptuous as his acclaimed New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence, Richard Sexton vividly illustrates the many traditions interwoven in this bewitching city's landscape heritage.

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I used this book to turn my patio into a pseudo-New Orleans Courtyard (more or less Texas style). It turned out very well. Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Lake Douglas a garden historian living in New Orleans and writes for numerous architecture and garden publications.

Jeannette Hardy is the Garden writer at the Times-Picayune. She lives and gardens in New Orleans.

Richard Sexton is a New Orleans-based photographer, writer, and lecturer. He also teaches photography at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Southern Accents, Garden Design, and Smithsonian. His m

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