the Octavia Formal Gardens
Designed by Leslie Barton, the area’s premier formal garden architect, the very private and ornate Octavia Formal Garden is set to be the most romantic spot for proposals and photographic gems. It is centered around a vintage cast bronze 9' French fountain and surrounded by beautiful benches, boxwood hedges, and colorful seasonal flowers.
the Gazebo and Lawn
A dramatic setting for any ceremony or entertainment, the Gazebo is nestled between the orchard and a magnificent live Oak tree. It has been modeled from traditional Victorian architecture on a two tier slab that includes surrounding dimmable accent lighting, a rig point and power for easy temporary installation of chandeliers, and 200 amp electrical service for entertainment needs. The Gazebo is fronted by a manicured lawn and rose garden. The gardens and oak tree are brilliantly lit with an array of lighting fixtures. The lawn can accommodate up to 400 chairs for ceremony seating, and the entire area can be tented with a tent up to 30'x70'.
Surrounded by savanna hollies and sweet viburnum trees at the rear of the property sits the Park. A concrete slab has been installed to accommodate up to a 7200 sq ft (60' x 120') structure or pole tent that can be climate controlled and become a fully decorated and functional meeting and event space. The slab is tastefully stained, and has electrical floor outlets throughout. This space is a direct path from the Gazebo lawn, the main house, or the French Quarter courtyard. A 3-phase 200 amp service and direct waterconnections have been installed.
the French Quarter Courtyard
Like a true courtyard in the French Quarter of New Orleans, this area is framed in by two massive victorian urns, cast iron water fountains, lollipop camellias, savanna hollies, giant liriope, ginger, and boxwood hedges. All gardens and accents are well lit for evening events and have electrical and water outlets along the perimeter. This area is situated between the two great oaks and The Park. A tent as large as 20'x60' can be erected in the Courtyard.