Spanish flair in a New Orleans garden

New Orleans may be known for its French heritage, but at Longue Vue House & Gardens in the north of the city, it’s Spain that’s the highlight of this beautiful mid-twentieth century estate.

Longue Vue House was the home of philanthropists Edith and Edgar Stern. They built it in the 1940s in a Classical Revival style to face the eight acre gardens, designed by landscape architect Ellen Shipman in conjunction with architect William Platt.

The gardens include eleven different spaces, each with their own special theme: The Wild Garden, The Walled Garden, The Gold Fish Pond, the Yellow Garden, the Pan Garden, and others.

But the one that has made the gardens of this estate famous is the Spanish Court, stretching along the south side of the house. Designed with elements from the 14th century Generalife Gardens of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, the focal point is a series of arching jets of water falling unceasingly into a narrow reflecting pool. Along the edge of the lawn are walkways accented with quiet wall fountains and paved in pebble patterns reminiscent of those in Barcelona, Spain. And, behind the loggia of the Spanish Court, is a canal garden, inspired by a similar one in the Quinto do Cabo near Lisbon, Portugal.