Happy New Year! If you’re like me, you’re going over a list of things you meant to do in 2014. A visit to Longue Vue House and Gardens is on my list.
Along the western edge of Orleans Parish at 7 Bamboo Road, Longue Vue is the former estate of philanthropists Edgar and Edith Stern. It includes an early 20th century house and eight acres of gardens, including a collection of Louisiana irises and a discovery garden for children.
Hidden among trees and bamboo off Metairie Road, the Classical Revival-style house is a National Historic Landmark designed by architects William and Geoffrey Platt. It was the second home on the site for the Sterns: a New Orleans businessman and cotton broker and an heiress of the Sears department store family.
The home’s diverse interior includes American and English antiques and Op-Art and kinetic art pieces. The gardens were patterned after the Gardens of the Alhambra in Spain and were restored by staff and volunteers from across the country after Hurricane Katrina. Often photographed are lyrical fountains shooting arches across a pool with the mansion as a backdrop.
Longue Vue is a popular place for parties and meetings. Tours of the house take place Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The last house tour is at 4 p.m. Here is a list of events taking place during January. Hope to see you there.
THE WINTER GARDEN: Wild garden expert Tyrone Foreman will give a presentation on “Native Now: The Role of Deciduous Native Shrubs and Trees in the Winter Garden” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. He will walk the grounds and discuss native shrubs and trees with an emphasis on natural form and bark and pruning and placement. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for others. For information, contact Edna Lanieri at (504) 293-4723 or email@example.com.
CAMERA WORKSHOP: Education director and professional photographer Edna Lanieri will present an introduction to DSLR cameras from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. After taking their cameras off automatic mode and exploring basic features, participants will test their skills in the gardens. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for others. For information, contact Lanieri at (504) 293-4723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROSPECT.3: Prospect New Orleans Executive Director Brooke Davis Anderson will share mimosas and talk about Prospect.3 and considerations for Prospect.4 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11. Tour the exhibits of filmmaker Camille Henrot, artist José Antonio Vega Macotela and architect Shigeru Ban. The event is free, but reservations are required. For information, contact Lenora Costa at (504) 293-4718 or email@example.com.
LITTLE DIGGERS: Children from 18 months to 5 years old and accompanying adults will learn about gardening tools in the Discovery Garden from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13. This winter exploration is free for Longue Vue family members; $5 for other member levels; $8 for nonmembers; and $7 for an additional child or adult nonmember. For information, contact Lydia Vaughn at (504) 293-4722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TASTE+PAIR: Chef Dan Esses, of Three Muses, will prepare a dinner that will be paired with wines chosen by Beth Ribblett from Swirl Wine Bar during the quarterly Taste+Pair dinner from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. The theme for this dinner is Italian Carnival, and the cost is $45 per person. For information, contact Edna Lanieri at (504) 293-4723 or email@example.com.
TODDLERS IN THE GARDEN: Children from 18 months to 3 years old, with accompanying adults, will get a hands-on introduction to the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. The cost is $10 for members; $12 for nonmembers; and $5 for each additional adult. For information, contact Lydia Vaughn at (504) 293-4722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about Longue Vue House and Gardens, visit www.longuevue.com.
Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at email@example.com.