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The New Orleans Botanical Garden opened in 1936 as New Orleans' first public classical garden combining both art and nature and is one of the few remaining examples of public garden design from the WPA and Art Deco Period.
The garden contains lush plants from all over the world set among the nation's largest stand of mature live oaks. The site contains the recently renovated Conservatory, several theme gardens containing lush plantings and flowering plants. Several areas of the garden are available for rental in combination with our facilities, including the Pavilion of the Two Sisters, the Garden Study Center, the Lath House, and the Conservatory of the two Sisters.
The Pavilion of the Two Sisters
A centerpiece of the 12-acre New Orleans Botanical Garden, the Pavilion of the Two Sisters is modeled after a traditional European orangery. With its long banks of arched windows, the Pavilion offers lovely vistas of the Zemurray Azalea and Camellia Garden featuring the Flute player fountain by artist Enrique Alferez to the east and the original 1930s garden and new Conservatory to the west.
The Pavilion may be rented alone or in concert with gardens to either side or with the garden as a whole, accommodating as many at 2,000. Both the Lord & Taylor Rose Parterre to the west and Zemurray Terrace are popular settings for weddings with receptions following at the Pavilion.
With cool slate floors below and a Mario Villa designed palm frond chandelier above, the Pavilion measures 100 feet long and 60 feet wide. The climate controlled main room is 87 feet long and 60 feet wide and is capable of accommodating 200 to 400 guests for a cocktail reception, a seated dinner for 300 or theater-style.
The Garden Study Center
Renovated in 1992, the Garden Study Center is an extraordinary example of WPA architecture. Originally known as the old Potting Shed, this beautifully restored structure is one of the original brick buildings in City Park designed by the late architect, Richard Koch. Near the lily pond and the Conservatory, it has solid brick walls, a slate roof and copper gutters reminiscent of an old English cottage.
This fine facility comprises 1,620 square feet and is ideal for lectures, meetings and exhibits, as well equipped with audio-visual facilities. The building also includes a smaller meeting room, warming kitchen and restroom. The Garden Study Center accommodates 100 guests for auditorium-style seating, 60 guests for seated dinners or luncheons, and 50 to 75 guests for cocktail parties.
The Lath House
The Lath House, a Horticultural Hands-On lab, is located next to the Garden Study Center and is used primarily for the Garden's horticultural workshops and demonstrations. The restoration of this Lath House won the prestigious Founder's Fund Award from The Garden Club of America in 1997.
The Lath House occupies approximately 2,400 square feet and the main room is 30' x 42'. It has a translucent bronze-tone roof, open lath sides, and a stained and scored concrete floor. Combined with the Garden Study Center, the Lath House provides tremendous flexibility and opportunity for your special event at the Botanical Garden. The facility has restrooms and, although not air-conditioned, does have ceiling fans.
The Lath House in conjunction with the Garden Study Center accommodates approximately 175 guests for a cocktail party.
The Conservatory of the Two Sisters
The Conservatory's spectacular Glass Dome reflects the architectural style of the Pavilion of the Two Sisters at the opposite end of the garden's main axis. Inside, the 40' dome serves as a reception and orientation area flanked by the spectacular lily pond outside and the Living Fossil and Tropical Rain forest wings of the conservatory on either side.