Longtime Gonzales Garden Club member Marilyn Rice headed an Oct. 15 tour of the Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans.

Rice, a member of the club since 1990, serves as the club’s tour committee chairwoman.

Club members toured the 8-acre estate bordering New Orleans Country Club Golf Course.

The 1938 home is furnished with period antiques, European rugs, cut glass chandeliers and original oil paintings, a news release from the club said.

The house has a basement that served as a wine cellar until Hurricane Katrina flooded it.

After the devastation of Katrina, the Garden Conservancy assisted a Vermont-based landscape architecture firm in restoring the gardens, the release said.

An archive of 44 drawings by the estate’s original landscape architect, Ellen Biddie Shipman, was used as reference for the garden recreations. The Longue Vue landscape includes 14 theme garden areas.