Houmas House Plantation and Gardens



Houmas House with flowers 

April 2011
logoHoumas House Plantation and Gardens voted  'Top Things We Love About New Orleans' by WHERE Magazine!
 The Gardens from Above
As seen from the eyes of Princess Grace
 On the roof

Have you ever wished you could fly? Many times when I retreat to my quiet perch on the roof top of Houmas House Plantation I wish I could always see the world from up here. Standing at a whole three feet tall I mostly see people's ankles and knees, walk under tables rather than up to them, and view our gardens from behind the hedges.Tree

My private moments up here give me a new perspective of our grounds and my home, the Sugar Palace, as known by many.  I watch as squirrels jump from branch to branch in our Live Oak trees. I watch the groups of Red Hat ladies parade through the gardens on their way to lunch.  I marvel at the beautiful brides-to-be taking portraits and swirling around in their gowns.

FlowerI often wonder why passersby simply stand at our front gate but never come in.  Without coming in, they're missing the best part!  

From way up here I can hear echoes of laughter as families with children run across the lawn, and I even hear the trickling of water from our multiple waterfalls. 

The Mississippi River is visible just over the tree tops and it's constant and gentle current is soothing and powerful. I see bushes of all sizes and shapes bursting with color and boasting bright colors like red, purple, pink, and orange.  It's simply amazing.  I wish all visitors could see my "Palace" and its grounds from up here.  

I guess since I can't fly this is the next best thing. 



Princess Grace


Do you have a favorite spot to watch the world go by?  I'd love to hear about it.  



Secrets from Latil's Landing

Ossu Buco 

Ossu Bucco 

Serves 4



2 pounds veal shanks

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup Butter

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 cup diced onions

1/2 cup diced carrots

2/3 cup white wine

2/3 cup beef stock

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 clove garlic, minced

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

salt and pepper to taste


What Next? Click Here for Cooking Instructions:




Greenhouse  The death of winter is immediately followed by the birth of Spring. April is defined by new plant life boasting vivid colors across 16 acres of fully landscaped gardens.  Spring rain showers wash away the dry fallen leaves to make room for budding seedlings and bright greenery. 

At Houmas House, Spring means pink azaleas, vegetable gardens, rare orchids, dancing waterfalls, and eager tourists.



Easter Buffet


 Easter Lily

This year Peter Cottontail has outdone himself and created an incredible menu for a delightful Easter Buffet.  Bring your family and spend the day under mossy Live Oak trees, take in the scenery of our Spring gardens, and celebrate new life.

If you look closely, you may see the Easter bunny hopping through the gardens.


Make reservations by calling: 225-473-9380


To View Menu and Details, Click Here





Open Daily          


pink flowers and tea house                                                

Monday, Tuesday 9 AM- 5 PM
Wednesday- Sunday 9 AM-7 PM 
Cafe' Burnside: 11 AM- 2 PM daily
Latil's Landing: Wednesday through Saturday 6 PM- 9 PM,
Sunday Brunch 11 AM- 3 PM; Reservations Required for 6 or More


To View a Map and Directions to Houmas House, Click Here

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