Longue Vue House and Gardens Welcomes Author of The Drunken Botanist to New Orleans

Gardening with a purpose has taken on a new meaning as Longue Vue House and Gardens, in conjunction with The Herb Society of America, New Orleans Unit and The New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation, come together to host an evening with writer Amy Stewart on July 18, 2013.

Amy Stewart is author of six books. Her latest, The Drunken Botanist, explores the herbs, flowers, fruit, trees and fungi that humans have transformed into alcohol.

Attendees will enjoy a cocktail tasting in the garden and her presentation: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks, which delves into the dizzying array of plants that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol. Part history, part practical knowledge and all fun, the evening with Amy Stewart combines New Orleans' celebratory culture with our love of gardens. It's the compelling mixture of history, science, literature and humor that Stewart is known for.

Copies of The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants will be available for purchase directly after the presentation. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at For more information, email Hilairie Schackai at or call 504.293.4726.

About Longue Vue House and Gardens

Longue Vue House and Gardens is an eight-acre estate comprised of a Classical Revival-style house and 14 distinct gardens, including an interactive children’s garden. It is the former home of philanthropists Edith and Edgar Stern, and currently serves as an educational, environmental, and cultural resource for the public.  For more information, visit

About Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books, including four New York Times bestsellers: The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential.  Amy has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. She is the co-founder of the popular blog Garden Rant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening Magazine. For more information, visit