Have you ever peered through

a fence at a Garden District home’s gardens and longed to know more? Founders Kathleen Waring and Marianne Mumford invite you to the ninth annual “Secret Gardens Tour” of private gardens. Each garden will have a landscape architect on hand to answer any questions you might have. Private guided tours begin on Saturday, March 21, at 8:30 a.m. and run every half-hour; self-guided tours start at noon; the event ends at 5:30 p.m.

     Fifteen gardens will be open to your view, including those of the Mannings, Geldermans, Tessiers and garden owners (and hosts of our shoot) Jane and Henry Casselli. In addition, the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana, helmed by BIALA Executive Director Catherine Howard, has partner edwith “The Secret Gardens Tour” to provide a comprehensive list of resources for survivors and caregivers coping with a brain or spinal cord injury.

     In addition, on Thursday, March 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Iberia Bank on St. Charles Avenue, “The Secret Gardens Tour” and Co-Chair Barkley Rafferty will host its inaugural patron party, themed “The Great Outdoors.”

     For tickets to the tour and party and for more information, visit SecretGardensTour.org, call (719) 306-6871 or email secretgardensNOLA@gmail.com. 

Special thanks to Eva Pokorny, Director of “The Secret Gardens Tour” for all of her invaluable assistance.