Memphis, Tennessee

What is there to do in Memphis, Tennessee that doesn’t involve music, where you can take picture and be outside on a summer day?  After many web searches, I found it!  The Memphis Botanical Gardens.

This place was huge, several different gardens, lots of plants, and plenty of photos opportunities.  And, it was hot, but very quiet and relaxing.  There is plenty to see in the gardens.

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Rosalie Plantation

What do I remember about Rosalie? It is located in Natchez and overlooks the Mississippi River. The walk around Rosalie was beautiful; tree lined paths and flowering plants.  The original owners built it on the property that once held Fort Rosalie and decided to keep the name.

I remember most the gardener putting down mulch and playing with the sundial.  The gardens were beautiful.

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Botanica Wichita

Off the Interstate, down the road, over a river, next to a park, lies the Wichita Gardens.  Statues standing guard, flowers blooming every where, fish swimming in the ponds, and a dragon running through the Chinese Gardens.

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Housed in the mist of the gardens is a toy train which run along it’s railroad town and comes with it’s own conductor.  All aboard!

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Afton Villa Gardens

Afton Villa Gardens, St. Francisville, is in my top three list of beautiful gardens in Louisiana.  The gardens are built on the ruins of the plantation which was destroyed by fire in 1963.

Afton Villa Gardens

Afton Villa Gardens

Afton Villa Garden Statue

Afton Villa Garden Statue

During the Audubon Pilgrimage, which is held towards the end of March every year, the field of daffodils are in full bloom.

Field of Daffodils

Field of Daffodils

Tulips were in full bloom all around the garden.

Daffodils

Daffodils

Houmas House

The Houmas House Plantation is in my top three most beautiful plantation gardens to visit in Louisiana.  It is located in Ascension Parish and dates back to the mid 1700’s.  The Cafe Burnside, at the Plantation, is a wonderful lunchtime dining experience.

Houmas House

Houmas House

Houmas House Fountain

Houmas House Fountain

Houmas House Bridge

Houmas House Bridge

Houmas House Fountain

Houmas House Fountain