The Gardens of Natchez

I spent an afternoon wandering around historic Natchez, Mississippi. It is one of the oldest settlements in the South, established in 1716 by the French. Prior to the Civil War, it was one of the wealthiest cities in the United States due to its cotton production and was thankfully spared destruction during the war. The citizens of Natchez like to think it was the town’s splendor and beauty that was it’s salvation, but the historian in me rather suspects it was just not strategically important to the Union ;).

Majestic antebellum homes, Spanish moss, wrought iron gates are to be found at every turn….

Melrose Plantation





I toured Rosalie Mansion and was enchanted by the lovely formal gardens there…..





In the next few posts, I will show you some of the beautiful architectural details of the antebellum homes of Natchez, a basilica that looks like it should be in Europe, and some beautiful sidewalk gardens!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!


13 thoughts on “The Gardens of Natchez

  1. That foliage in the last photo is very attractive. Is it what we call Lords and Ladies? (Don’t know the botanical name). Look forward to the next few posts too! 😀

  2. The plantings in these photos are so simply done, but so stunningly effective! Looks like Brunnera in the bottom one, but I think it’s probably not. Probably something that won’t grow in Toronto!

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