Stop #10 Palm Gardens McIlhenny was fascinated with palms and cacti. Possessing particularly sandy and well–drained soil, this garden site was designed to contain native “cheniere” cactus from the southwestern Louisiana coast, along with various imported cacti from other regions, as well as a wide variety of palms. Today, this garden which was once an old mining sand pit, has evolved into a pleasant and shady walk. Sturdy Sago palms and Chinese Tung Oil trees grow here as well as ferns and bamboo. The unique landscape makes it a favorite spot for many however please take caution when walking the path as some of the walkway is on uneven ground.