Winter in Louisiana is considered mild. And with it comes the beauty of camellias. The blooming season starts in fall, depending on the variety, and mine are still at it. You can plant different varieties so you will have blooms throughout the season.
One Saturday this winter, my mom and I took a daytrip to New Iberia, La., which is below Lafayette. We were on a quest to see the beautiful camellias at Rip Van Winkle Gardens of Jefferson Island. Joseph Jefferson built his winter home atop the salt dome in 1869. He found wealth and fame playing Rip Van Winkle in the theatre. The Rip Van Winkle gardens, developed in the 1950s, are lush throughout the year, and well-known for its camellias. Rip Van Winkle Gardens
After our tour and garden walk, mom and I headed out in search of lunch.
Raw oysters anyone?
While driving through New Iberia, we saw the Steen’s Cane syrup plant with gallons of my favorite thing: cane syrup! If you’ve never had it, try it! Steens Syrup
We finished our day at Vivian Alexander’s studio and museum on a bayou where enamel purses are crafted out of egg shells in the Fabergé style using silver, gemstones, pearls and translucent enamel. Vivian Alexander
Vivian Alexander was commissioned to create replicas of the most valuable sculptures in Malcolm Forbes’ collection of Fabergé eggs.
As we drove out of bayou country, the crawfish mud houses caught our eye. They signal spring and crawfish boils! Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!