We recently decided to go on a little journey. This took us to The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens in Monroe, Louisiana.
This outing was a nice change of scenery filled with inspiration.
Originally our visit was focused on the Coca-Cola tour, somewhere I missed we’d also be walking through the historic family home, the ELSong gardens and a bible museum.
This was such a treat, but if you can believe it, I forgot to bring my good camera. It was such an error on my part but it’s my hope I’ve captured the beauty of this garden with the help of my smart phone.
Additional photos can be found on my Instagram page.
If you’re not familiar with Joe Biedenharn, he was the first man to put coca cola in a bottle. The family home was left to his daughter Emy Lou, an opera singer prior to WW11. She left her career to move back home and care for her father until he passed in 1952.
She continued living at the Biedenharn estate until her passing in 1984.
Emy Lou appeared to me as a dramatic person who enjoyed detail. It was present her heart and soul transformed this home and garden into this beautiful place that is incredibly peaceful.
Since this tour offered many areas of interest, I thought it would be fun to focus on our walk through the gardens because this is where everything came to life.
With the right attention, a garden has this amazing way of carrying on even when others have passed on.
Emy Lou left the estate in the form of a foundation; the tour guides and many of the others we met were very nice and welcoming.
At the time of our tour most of the spring flowers had already passed and I was okay with that. There’s something amazing about the texture and shades of green that help me focus my attention to detail.
I was inspired with every step as we walked along this perfectly placed brick pathway.
Statues and water features were in abundance along with countless areas to sit and relax.
This was probably my favorite area while standing inside the greenhouse. This is where they winter many plants and these huge doors open to this amazing english garden.
As I looked through the opening, I thought of my grandmother who was also a dramatic person… “She would have loved this tour.”
This greenhouse made me think of a space I would like to create one day after we complete Quail Grove. It was magical…
Eveyrthing felt very personal and energizing.
Established gardens are just fantastic because they offer that everlasting growth like this cedar tree. I couldn’t believe how massive their cedar trees were and I loved the ivy topiary in the middle of this walk path.
In the distance you can vaguely see a statue.
These were present throughout and they added such elegance in the mix of all that natural beauty.
We first noticed this tree when we were inside the house. It captured my attention immediately!
The flowers looked like azalea blossoms in the color of coral and later we learned this was a pomegranate tree. I’m not sure when it was planted and I can only imagine when in full bloom it’s even more breath taking.
We just may have to come back next spring.
This ledge was fantastic, a nice maintained planting area right outside the family home.
As I mentioned earlier, we attended to learn how Mr. Biedenharn had a hand in the success of Coca Cola. In the gardens they have a coke machine filled with five cent cokes. Robert and I enjoy our cold cokes while we walked outdoors.
I saved the bottles to remember this awesome day because I may turn them into outdoor lights in my country garden.
As we left, I couldn’t help but turn around and notice that beautiful magnolia tree next to the bible museum. Everything in this photo is so pronounced; it might surprise you but I also love this style of gardening.
This outing reminded me some of the best adventures are never planned, they just happen. The Biedenharn visit was truly a neat experience and it’s my hope we return when it’s in full bloom.
Monroe in general is just a really neat place, filled with nice people… We ended the day with a walk through the downtown area and a few sweet treats from Ms. Kays Sweets and Eats.
I’d like to encourage you to take a garden tour this summer and let it inspire the best in you.