Take a 'Secret Tour' of New Orleans gardens _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Sam LeBlanc crafted these Dogwood Gates for the entrance to Roussillon, his home outside St. Francisville.

Four New Orleans’ gardens will be open on Saturday, May 2, for a tour organized by the Herb Society of America-Baton Rouge unit.

The “Secret Garden Tour” includes:

Beauregard Keyes House, 1113 Rue Chartres: In 1824, the Ursuline nuns sold the lots to businessman Joseph Le Carpentier, who had Francois Correjolles design a house and garden. The house has had numerous owners over the years including the author, Frances Parkinson Keyes, who wrote 30 novels while living there and created the parterre garden.

St. Louis Cathedral’s St. Anthony Garden: Tucked behind an iron fence and locked gate is this relatively new garden, which has been restored to its 1720 origins.

La Petite Grocery Restrant and Garden: The garden supplies some of the ingredients used by restaurant.

Anne Barnes’ Wildlife Garden: Barnes will show her Uptown garden, which was rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina to attract birds, butterflies and critters. It is an informal garden teaming with life.