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Bertinot Garden

Brenda and Jerry Bertinot
100 Glenleven Drive
Lafayette, LA  70503

Jerry was with the U.S. Department of Justice for thirty-four years, both in the U.S. and abroad. Brenda and their two children were able to travel to all of his stateside assignments. They lived in seven cities, bought and sold seven houses, planted a zillion bushes and trees, and enjoyed diverse and different cultures and lifestyles. Their 7th house came about upon Jerry’s appointment as a federal prosecutor in Lafayette, LA.  Here, Brenda got the gardening bug. Working in Louisiana’s dark soil and humus turf was wonderfully different than desert sand and rock.  Brenda designed their home and served as the general contractor.

The family lived in the guest house above the garage for two years while building the house. Last came the brick wall enclosing the back yard.  Fourteen stations of the cross purchased in Rome were embedded along the east wall.  Atop the gazebo they installed a copper “horse and buggy” as a memorial to Jerry’s father, a country medical doctor of the old vintage.  Jerry, as a child, often accompanied his father on calls to patients to be picked up by a farmer or share-cropper in a wagon or buggy to be transported to the patient’s home in the woods.  Brenda had a friend who was a local artist paint a rose trellis highlighting beautiful roses and green vines on an exterior wall for the times in winter when blooms are scarce.  Most of the ferns and plants in the backyard were transplanted from their parent’s yards. An antique black plantation bell that Jerry’s mother gave them is used as a garden accent.  

This year’s freeze did havoc to many of their tender flowers, ferns and plants, but they are working hard to get things back to normal.  Afternoons find them “puttering” in the yard, mud on their feet and hands with music playing.  Brenda extends an invitation to her home to enjoy their flowers and South Louisiana’s sunshine, laughter and love.

Admission to all five gardens is $15 in advance or $20 at the homes. Tickets can be purchased  from any Avec Souci member, Albertsons on Johnston Street, All Seasons Nursery and Landscape on Johnston St, Champagne's Market in the Oil Center, The Garden Center on Pinhook, and Greenscapes Nursery on Settlers Trace. All proceeds from the tour will benefit local charities. A vec Souci has returned over $155,000 in the past 29 years to community charities such as the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, Lourdes Foundation (St. Bernadette's Clinic), Camp Bon Couer, Family Promise, Bridge Ministry, Miles Perret Cancer Center, Lafayette Special Olympics, ULL Foundation Scholarships, Acadiana Outreach, Faith House, and Naomi House.