Beatrice's Garden

Description

Jeanne Beatrice Braud was born in Thibodaux, which was a small French speaking settlement in southern Louisiana, in 1887. There are records showing the family in Thibodaux, Lafourche parish by 1840. Growing up in Thibodaux at that time the family only spoke French.

After marrying and starting a family, Beatrice and her husband, Jacque Toups, moved to New Orleans in 1916.  Having rented for many years, her daughter Earline purchased the family a home in New Orleans (in 1937 we believe). The area was one of the first suburbs in the city. At that time there weren't many neighbors.

The family began to "put down roots."  Jacque raised chickens and grew vegetables in the adjacent open lots. She bred canaries in a specially built aviary and began creating flower gardens on their corner lot.  Earline told us that her mom brought in tremendous amounts of peat moss, live oak leaf compost, and manures.

Beatrice loved flowers. In particular she seemed to like spring blooms. She grew: bridal wreath, roses, azaleas, phlox, Easter lilies, hydrangeas, plumbago, Florida jasmine, camellias, irises, and a Japanese magnolia (which survived until hurricane Katrina). There was also one rose, 'Margo Koster,' that lasted for many years, and it was a family favorite.  We have been told Beatrice's gardens made people going by stop and look when it was in bloom.

Many of her plants came from seed, probably some from mail order catalogs. Others were purchased locally. Her granddaughter, also named Beatrice, remembers accompanying her to buy Burpee seeds.  Another vivid memory is fresh flower arrangements in the house at every visit. When her health declined she could no longer work in the gardens, but Beatrice still spent time outside enjoying them.  

-Story contributed by family members Jeanne Beatrice and Michael Patrick.

 

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Jeanne Beatrice Braud Toups in her garden

Jeanne Beatrice Braud Toups in her garden

Posing outside of the sunporch at her family's home in New Orleans. Bridal wreath blooming in corner [View Additional File Details]

The grandchildren

The grandchildren

Beatrice's daughter Mary Alice's children Jeanne Beatrice Alost & Joe Alost III posing in front of the home in New Orleans. [View Additional File Details]

In Beatrice's garden

In Beatrice's garden

Mary Alice Toups Alost (Beatrice’s daughter) with her children Jeanne Beatrice Alost and Joe Alost III. Florida jasmine in the corner. Climbing fern (Asparagus setaceus) on trellis; used with cut flowers and for table arrangements. [View Additional File Details]

Portrait of the gardener as a young woman

Portrait of the gardener as a young woman

Beatrice Braud Toups' engagement portrait, with fresh flowers in her hair and corsage
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The grandchildren in the garden

The grandchildren in the garden

Jeanne Beatrice Alost and Joe Alost III sitting on front lawn with bridal wreath and phlox in bloom
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Beatrice's garden in bloom

Beatrice's garden in bloom

Spring flowers seen from various perspectives.
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Family photographs

Family photographs

Top: grandchild Jeanne Beatrice Alost on front steps. Middle:
Mary Alice Toups Alost (Beatrice’s daughter), Joseph Alfred Alost Jr. (Beatrice’s son-in-law), Jeanne Beatrice Braud Toups, and grandchildren Jeanne Beatrice Alost and Joe Alost III. Bottom: Joseph Alfred Alost Jr. (see "Rose Villa Nursery" in Community of Gardens), Earline Marie Toups (Beatrice’s daughter who purchased the family home), and grandchildren Jeanne Beatrice Alost and Joe Alost III. [View Additional File Details]

Beatrice's beautiful garden at the family home in New Orleans

Beatrice's beautiful garden at the family home in New Orleans

Top: canary aviary and young Japanese magnolia. Middle: camellias & azaleas. Bottom: canary aviary & back of home. [View Additional File Details]

Plantings done by Beatrice in front of the New Orleans home.

Plantings done by Beatrice in front of the New Orleans home.

Top: front yard walkway with azaleas in bloom. Middle: corner sidewalk with creeping phlox. Bottom: canary aviary
and young Japanese magnolia in another season. [View Additional File Details]

Beatrice's landscaping

Beatrice's landscaping

Views of Beatrice's design for the garden surrounding the small corner house she lived in with her daughter and family in New Orleans. Top: front of house with boxwood hedges, note new soil amendments for the gardens in bottom of the photo. Bottom: front of house in summer. [View Additional File Details]

Beatrice's magnolia tree

Beatrice's magnolia tree

The magnolia tree as it looked in 2000. Mature Japanese magnolia in bloom and close-up of Japanese magnolia flowers.
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“Beatrice's Garden,” Community of Gardens, accessed July 24, 2017, http:/​/​communityofgardens.​si.​edu/​items/​show/​12249.​
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