April 23, 2002 - Cohn Arboretum

Sometimes you just want to stop and smell the flowers -- if only you could find some! Well, there's a little slice of nature almost in the heart of the city. It's one of the best kept secrets in south Louisiana -- this sanctuary of peace and quiet that feels like it's light years away from the city's hassle and headaches. But BREC'S Cohn Arboretum is a bare ten miles from downtown -- 17 of the best manicured acres in East Baton Rouge Parish. Thousands of native and exotic plants and trees line its scenic walkways.

Kristi Barnett of BREC says, "It's a great opportunity to get out and view the nature around you and not worry about unsafe conditions or who's there with you. This place is always staffed with knowledgeable personnel who can answer any of your questions about any of the varieties of plants and animals that you see here."

For Brenda Hanly, a senior at St. Joseph Academy, Cohn Arboretum offers a peaceful solitude for study. "I can relax," she says. "I don't have to think about the bad things that happen during the day -- the amount of homework that I have or a test or anything. I can just focus on the present and the beauty outside." =Tranquility in the flowers -- moments from traffic on the freeways -- Cohn Arboretum is just south of Baker, where Foster Road dead ends at Comite Drive.