Spring Garden Day Trip
Jefferson Island ~ Avery Island ~ Jeanerette ~ New Iberia
Weeks Home, New Iberia, LA Rip Van Winkle Garden
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Depart 7:30am/Return 8:00pm
All-inclusive trip pricing! Members $135 & Non-Members $170
Non-member rates include annual membership!
The language, the accent, the food, the landscape — it’s all a unique cultural experience in the Acadiana Country of South Louisiana. We will begin the journey at Jefferson Island with a tour of tranquil Rip Van Winkle Gardens and the Joseph Jefferson Mansion, built in 1870 and listed on theNational Register of Historic places.
At Café Jefferson Cajun delicacies will be served up in the glassed-in porch or outdoors if you prefer in a grove of a dozen ancient live oaks with breath-taking views of the gardens and Lake Peigneur.
After lunch back on the bus we go for a quick ride to the one of the “Hottest” places on earth the TABASCO Museum and Factory Tour on Avery Island. The 10-stop tour will take us through the TABASCO Museum, the greenhouse, the barrel warehouse, factory building and more where you will see and smell the aroma of bubbling red TABASCO. Save your energy and be ready to shop and taste your way through the last stop on the tour, the TABASCO Country Store that even includes samples of TABASCO ice cream.
Just a few miles east in the town of Jeanerette the bus will pull off the road at Stokes Tropicals Garden Center. The Stokes family has been growing plants for over 100 years. Stokes Tropicals is one of the nation’s leading providers of tropical plants, books about tropical plants, fertilizers, and gardening tools. Five more miles up the road we will drop by the historic Lejeune’s Bakery in nearby Jeanerette, an old school place for French bread and ginger cakes since 1884.
Treats from LeJeune’s Bakery will be a tasty addition to our Wine and Cheese Party on the banks of the Bayou Teche, as the waves ripple around Charlie and Kay Sanders’ massive cypress tree in the backyard of their Historic Weeks Home (1834), next door to the Shadows-On-The-Teche on Main Street in New Iberia. The Sanders won a national Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence after beautifully updating the home listed on the National Register of Historic Places which included resurrecting the original stairway that was found in hundreds of pieces in the attic. Charlie and Kay will share stories about the history of the home and their lush landscape that is punctuated with commanding live oaks with Spanish moss. Four of their grandest oaks are registered with the Live Oak Society.