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World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition - Horticultural Hall

New Orleans - 27th February, 1885

Horticultural Hall was built exclusively for the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exhibition. While the Main Building has vegetable exhibits, this has fruit exhibits from all the states, territories and even other countries.

What is really impressive are the plant specimens from all over the world. They claim to have the largest collection of cactus and aloe ever assembled, including 20 foot cactus from Arizona. There are all kinds of trees, including a Eucalyptus, cocoanut, cinnamon, camphor, banana, coffee, breadfruit, and a 30 foot date palm, not to mention pines and fruit trees. There are over 100 varieties of orchids. There is also ferns, pineapple, cotton plants and--oh, yes, my favorite--the tea bush.

This lovely greenhouse will survive the fair and not be sold for scrap like the rest of the buildings. It will become part of Audubon Park, named for former New Orleans resident, John James Audubon, the artist and naturalist. The produce displays will disappear, but the plants will stay. The name Horticultural Hall will stay, too. Sadly the Hurricane of 1915 will destroy the building.

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