New Roads and Old Rivers – A Country Day Trip
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Don’t miss the bus for a delightful drive along new roads and across old rivers through the Louisiana countryside to unforgettable destinations right outside of Baton Rouge.
After crossing the new Mississippi River Bridge traveling west, our first stop will be Boisvert Farms and Purdin Koi Farm located on the same picturesque site just outside of Baton Rouge in Erwinville. Suzanne Turner and Scott Purdin got into Arabians because their daughter, Amanda, was horse-crazy. Today, Boisvert Farms is home to more than 60 horses. Scott Purdin produces elegant, distinctive world class Koi fish. Scott will lead a tour of the fish farm and a viewing garden recently designed by Michael Van Valkenberg of Brooklyn, NY. Both farms have been enhanced by plantings selected and in some cases planted by Hilltop’s Marion Drummond. Marion worked at the farm for the last couple of years of her life, and gave it her special touch.
Then back on the bus we go for a scenic drive along False River to the LeJuene House the first building in New Roads to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owners Randy Harelson and Richard Gibbs will be our hosts for a tour of their traditional Creole style home and garden, followed by Lunch at Morel’s Restaurant & Antiques with waterfront dining.
After lunch we cross the mighty Mississippi River on the John James Audubon Bridge this time in route to the gardens of Live Oak Plantation, one of the earliest plantation homes on a high bluff overlooking Little Bayou Sara. A broad oval entry drive connects the ancient allée of live oaks to the house. Brick walks and terraces designed by Susan Turner surround the house, creating outdoor spaces for meals and celebrations. Plantings are primarily those popular during the period of the house (first half of the 19th century), and natives transplanted from the surrounding woodlands.
Our final destination will be Ouida Plantation the home of former Hilltop director Tracey Banowetz and her husband Dave. Ouida Plantation is a fine example of an Acadian style country plantation home. Expanded to its current size in 1869, it is believed that the original house, consisting of the front two rooms, dates from the 1840s. Ouida sits on the top of a high ridge line and is surrounded by rugged ravines, beech-magnolia woodlands and small open fields. The gardens surrounding the home have been planted with an abundance of native plants and perennials attractive to birds and butterflies. Visitors to the gardens will find a collection of unique azalea varieties, gifts from Margie Jenkins, a wholesale nursery operator in Amite, LA. A wine and cheese party will be held on the deck overlooking the frog pond, recently the site of lots of reproductive activity, before we return to Baton Rouge.
Morel Restaurant & Antiques
Lunch Choices (Choose One)
1. Gulf Shrimp & Eggplant Rockefeller Au Gratin Served w/Sensation Salad
(Layers of Creamy Baked Shrimp, Smothered Eggplant, Swiss Cheese & Braised Spinach)
2. Cold Chicken Pasta Salad
(Grilled Chicken, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Crumbled Bacon, Smoked Gouda Cheese & Mushroom Tossed w/ Our House made Basil Romano Aioli Served w/Orzo Pasta over Spring Greens)
3. Pan Seared house made Crab Cake
(Served w/Roasted Asparagus & Potatoes Drizzled w/ Remoulade Dressing)
Dessert will be Scoopable Cheese Cake w/Fresh Berries