New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans, LA
Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues: New Orleans

New Orleans, LA


On March 24th, get exclusive access to this historic private garden in New Orleans and hear directly from the original clients about their collaborative process with the designer.

How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.

Saturday, March 23rd, 3 to 4:30 pm | New Orleans

Lemann Residence, a Robert Royston Garden in New Orleans
A Garden Dialogue conversation led by Lake Douglas PhD, ASLA
Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, LSU


The Lemann house and garden a collaboration between local architect John Lawrence (1924-1971) and California landscape architect Robert Royston (1918-2008), fuses traditional New Orleans architecture with mid-century California Modernism.  Conceived in 1963, the residence surrounds an interior courtyard and is situated between two venerable live oaks, one of which is the entrance court’s central feature. The other is in the rear garden, where a contemporary, narrow exedra shapes the space and mimics a low-hanging, horizontal limb of the tree. This subtle feature connects the live oak with a terraced water feature in the opposite corner, frames plant materials and contemporary sculpture, and unifies the garden’s composition.