Hurricane Katrina extensively damaged the trees and other greenery in St. Anthony’s Garden, located behind St. Louis Cathedral, so some concerned citizens banded together to have “La Fête du Jardin,” a fund-raiser for the restoration of the garden. The Oct. 1 event began with an 11 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral, then more than 200 people went to Muriel’s Jackson Square for a champagne brunch.

A patron party was held earlier in the week at the St. Louis Cathedral Rectory, where more than 150 people gathered to show their support for the garden. At the fête, plans were unveiled for this historical site’s repair. Architect Richard Brady will oversee the restoration of the garden, which was first established in the late 1700s and was a focal point of the community. For a patron gift, India Stewart Designs donated replicas of the black iron cross that rests in the garden, and these beautiful pieces will be available at the cathedral’s gift shop next month.

A Patch of GreenArchbishop Alfred Hughes, Pam Fortner, Mgr. Crosby Kern and Andre Neff

A Patch of GreenDoris Bruno, Lynda Grillot, Dr. Edward Foulks and Janice Foulks

A Patch of GreenRick Gratia, Armand Bertin, Erin Erdal and Dreaux Montegut