Botanical Gardens

New Orleans

Located within City Park, both local and international flora is exhibited here. You'll also find stirring examples of Works Progress Administration (WPA) workmanship and art deco design in the form of pavilions and function halls such as the Pavilion of Two Sisters and Lath House. In the northwest corner, the Train Garden replicates the city in 1:22 scale miniature size, cut through with 1300ft of rail.

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