Louisiana Homes and Gardens Tour
MARCH 23 - 29, 2002

Master Gardeners go with Dr. Bill Welch and his wife, Dianne


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PHOTOS: CYNTHIA W. MUELLER
MASTER GARDENER


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  This spring the Master Gardeners went on a 6-day tour to visit historic and contemporary homes and gardens in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, St. Francisville, Natchez (Mississippi) and other points of interest.

Not only was the weather wonderful, with azaleas in full bloom, but Master Gardeners were able to earn 12 hours of recertification credit, according to Dr. Doug Welsh, State Master Gardener Coordinator.

Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation, the Tabasco factory/Avery Island, Laura Plantation, American Aquatic Gardens and Longue Vue Gardens (New Orleans), the restored Laura Plantation, Burden/Rural Life Museum (Baton Rouge), Rosedown Plantation, Oakley House (where Audubon did a number of his paintings), and several historical homes/gardens in Natchez were among the featured destinations of the tour.

Master Gardeners saw the city cemetery, museums and restored homes in the old French Quarter of New Orleans. Then, their assignment was to visit restaurants to try out Cajun and French cooking.... Yes - there were still beignets heaped with powdered sugar and coffee at the French Market cafes, still mule-drawn carriages and old cannons on display in the city squares, and excellent seafood at restaurants staffed by tuxedo-clad waiters.

The tour was put together by Linda Cook of Utopia Tours. Linda is a Montgomery County Master Gardener. She’s presently planning a Master Gardener trip to Charleston and Savannah. If you have questions about this upcoming tour, e-mail her at

< utopia@pdq.net >
or call (281) 259-0246

Dr. Bill Welch gave running commentary throughout the tour, supplying details on the history and plant materials associated with homes and gardens. This added immensely to the value of the trip for Master Gardeners.

By Cynthia W. Mueller

 


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