New Orleans is a city full of hidden gems. From the food to the people to the landscape, every turn could lead to a beautiful new experience. The mission of The Secret Gardens Tour is to uncover the gems hidden throughout the private gardens of Uptown New Orleans. The tour also has another mission: to raise awareness and funds for brain injury recovery. All proceeds from The Secret Gardens Tour go to produce The Greater New Orleans Resource Guide to Brain Injury Recovery and provide support for local brain injury recovery programs such as the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana.
Traumatic brain injury affects nearly 1.5 million people every year. The recovery can be long, difficult and costly; the average lifetime costs for rehabilitation and treatment range from $600,000 to $1.8 million, and the total cost for the U.S. is around $60 billion a year. These numbers, however, can change. The Secret Gardens Tour is working to inform and educate the public about the ways in which brain injury occurs, how to prevent brain injury and what resources are available for recovery from brain injury. This year’s Secret Gardens Tour and fundraiser will be Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26. The tour will feature nine beautiful private gardens and the Arc garden. Their designs range from simple, tasteful minimalism to lush, ornate opulence. Visit www.secretgardenstour.org to purchase tickets to this year’s event – donors can choose from private guided tours on Friday led by landscape and design experts or self-guided tours on Saturday.