NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Located in New Orleans’ Lakewood neighborhood, Longue Vue House and Gardens feels like it’s a million miles away from the city – perfect for spending an hour or an entire weekend surrounded by peace and quiet.
“When you turn onto the street somehow, you don’t feel like you’re in New Orleans anymore,” director of audience experience Neana Collins told WGNO’s Stephanie Oswald. “Somehow we’ve entered this enclave of green space, so it’s like an oasis right within the city limits.”
A unique blend of history and horticulture, Longue Vue is the perfect place to soothe the soul and stretch the body.
“When you’re out in the fresh air, there’s nothing more beautiful and healing to relax your mind and get away from the stress of work and home life and just be in nature,” said yoga and pilates instructor Andree Khalaf. “It’s all the trees, and the greenery, and all the birds and butterflies, and just the wonderful beauty of the house.”
And of course, check out the history behind the location with tours and a cool breeze to beat the NOLA heat.
“There is air conditioning in the house, which is the first residential house in Louisiana to have air conditioning,” Collins explained.
Start your visit with a coffee at Edith and Edgar’s Museum Cafe at The Gate House, then wander around to your heart’s content.
“We have 15 different garden spaces that people can explore when they’re here,” Lon Some are very open, some are very secretive and it’s just a magical place to be really,” said Longue Vue Director of Gardens, Amy Graham . “We have a wild garden which is mostly native plants, it’s about an acre, so it gives us a lot of opportunities to grow native plants, so people can visit Longue Vue and see what will work in their own Garden.”
One thing you won’t hear at Longue Vue is the sound of fans. All gardening here is done naturally with rakes, brooms and no toxic chemicals.
“We have tarragon here, onions growing, garlic,” Graham added.
Graham has tended these gardens for two decades, but don’t ask her to pick a favorite plant.
“It’s impossible to answer. I have favorite trees and favorite perennials and favorite annuals, and we’re going to have a whole day to talk about that,” Graham said.
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