Pam and Edmund McIlhenny's photographs of Avery Island's Jungle Gardens, which was originally the home of E. A. McIlhenny, the third president of McIlhenny Company, and a well known naturalist. Around 1895 he helped save the Snowy Egrets from extinction, by establishing a rookery that became known as Bird City. Over time he continued to build his home into a 170-acre park filled with hundreds of varieties of Azaleas, Camellias, and other species nestled among the majestic Southern Live Oaks. Jungle Gardens was opened to the public in 1935, and has remained so ever since. The Jungle Gardens website, www.junglegardens.org, has more information as well as directions and hours of operation, and www.TABASCO.com also outlines the history of this beautiful garden. A more detailed history can be found in The History of Jungle Gardens by Lisa B. Osborn, Shane K. Bernard, and Scott Carroll.
Jungle Gardens is a lovely place to take photographs. We hope you enjoy our collection, which is always a work in progress.
Warmest regards, Pam and Edmund McIlhenny