I’m in New Orleans for the first time. I’m representing APLD as well as speaking at the International Pool, Spa and Patio Expo. I took the morning to walk around the Garden District for a few hours before setting up shop in the convention center.
The Uptown neighborhood is served by trolley and has varying architecture, mostly dating from the 19th century. Greek Revival and a regional Victorian style, the Raised Center Hall Villa, are the predominant architectural styles. There is a specific regional style to the gardens in the district. One of the most obvious is the layering of clipped dwarf shrubs. Foliage texture is used to great advantage. It’s fall and just before winter Camellia season so not much was in bloom. It was surprising to see camellias used as hedges.
Iron work, one of the icons of New Orleans’ architectural details, is everywhere, with cast iron trumping forged work. There are balconies, gates, fences and decorative grates punctuating just about every building and street.
Houses have deep porches or shady courtyards to offer cooler places to be outside. I’m sure that’s the respite from the heat and humidity is matter of degree in August and September.
Perhaps the thing that was the most fascinating from a plant point of view was the Resurrection Ferns (Polypodium polypodioides) growing wild and freely on the live oaks. Talk about vertical planting and urban greening…