The planting beds alongside Big Lake were originally designed as the “City Park Big Lake Louisiana Trail” and meant to represent the various plant regions of our state. There were issues with those plantings that became evident as plants from other regions of the state did not always perform well in New Orleans and many of the plantings fell into disrepair over the many years since first installed due to lack of maintenance and attention.
Beginning in 2019, NPI in partnership with New Orleans City Park, the New Orleans Town Gardeners and the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans has taken on the renovation of the Big Lake Native Plant Trail as one of their ongoing volunteer projects and demonstration gardens. This involves continued renovation of multiple beds along that trail, seasonal maintenance of the beds with the goal of representing the many native plants that New Orleans residents can be incorporating into their landscapes and green spaces to improve ecological and wildlife benefits.
This video, made in partnership with the New Orleans Town Gardeners, explains the crucial importance of native plants and the formation and goals of NPI.