4 miles N on US 61, St Francisville Louisiana 70775
The gardens are approached through a recessed wrought-iron entrance with a Gothic gatehouse. An archway of live oaks interspersed with giant azaleas shades the winding avenue for almost a half mile. The 20-acre park and gardens are next to the ruins of the villa which was destroyed by fire in 1963. Stone steps lead to a formal boxwood garden, laid out in an intricate maze. Other plantings include camellias and beds of seasonal blooms. A ravine with plantings of daffodils and azaleas is especially colorful in the spring.
The gardens are opened daily from 9-4:30, Mar.-June and Oct.-Nov. They are closed on Thanksgiving day.
(St Francisville) Afton Villa Gardens
(Baton Rouge) Blue Bayou Water Park
(Gloster) Brushy Creek Guest Ranch
(Baton Rouge) Dixie Landin'
(Henderson) Houseboat Adventures
05/31 Coming to The St Francisville area
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans LA April25 The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a/k/a Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome 500,000 visitors each year. There are two main components: the Louisiana Heritage Fair and the Ev ening Concert Series. The Lousiana Heritage Fair is the signature feature of the Festival, showcasing unforgettable music on 12 stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work.
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Breaux Bridge LA May3-5 The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has become one of the largest gatherings of world famous Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop musicians and plays host to over 30 bands on three stages during the three-day festival.
Le Festival de la Viande Boucanee Ville Platte LA June29-30 This festival, which translates into the "Smoked Meat Festival", has a World Championship Cookoff, culinary demos, Cajun smokehouse in action, and Cajun Heritage exhibitions. Thirty hours of non-stop music are also an attraction of the festival.
Cracklin Festival Port Barre LA November8 This festival is held in November in Port Barre. Four days of fun include family entertainment, Cajun and Country music, food, cooking contests, arts and crafts, and a parade.
Pepper Festival St Martinville LA September14-15 This annual festival, usually taking place on the third Sunday of October, celebrates the pepper industry in Louisiana. Benefits kids, and attractions include Cajun food, bands, and a Poker Run. One day only. Call or write for dates and times.
Best of the Bayou Festival Houma LA September29-30 Taking place in Historic Downtown Houma, the festival features Cajun and French food, music, weddings, crafts, pirogue racing, antiques, and more.