Many tourists have gone straight to Avery Island in search of the famous Tabasco® plants, but have missed the adjacent jungle garden, which is one of the most beautiful spots in the Gulf of Mexico.
When you enter the jungle garden on the dirt road, you can see the scenery that appeared in the film. A magnificent oak and moss from Spain formed a canopy that covered the street. Some old trees seemed to be resting on their branches. If you look at your surroundings, you might encounter deer grazing on the grass on the banks of the Bayeux and crocodiles basking in the sun. In this lush environment, time away from the rest of the world seems to have stood still.
The Jungle Garden was created by TABASCO® founder Edmund McCriheny and Mary Eliza Evry’s son Edward McCriheny. Edward grew up on 2,200 acres of family-owned land and fell in love with Avery Island’s natural surroundings. Around 1895, when he was only 23, he established a private wild bird sanctuary there and raised several endangered egrets by hand. In 1911, Ned estimated that 100,000 birds had nested there. His conservation work attracted the attention of former President Teddy Roosevelt, who visited Avery Island in 1915.
We grow and grow exotic plants all over the world, including Tabasco® pepper plants, more than 100 types of camellia and 64 types of bamboo. We will also focus on the rebirth of the white-tailed deer.
In 1935, Ned opened his backyard retreat to the public. Today, visitors are invited to admire 170 acres of semi-tropical gardens. In the hot summer, you can drive to explore the jungle garden. Some attractions should be visited on foot, such as the magnificent 900-year-old Buddha statue and the bird city of Ned, but they are still very prosperous.
During this time, bird watchers can see ducks, anhinga, herons, spoonbills, ospreys, akaoka, cuckoos, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, etc.
Groups can request expert guided tours in advance or use their cell phones for self-tours, visiting 15 sites in the garden in a 3-mile circle.
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