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Monroe Garden Study League Decorates Historic Home


December 21, 2022

Biedenharn Museum & Gardens ready for the holidays

During the holidays the Monroe Garden Study League (MGSL) gathers to decorate the historic Biedenharn Museum & Gardens in Monroe, Louisiana. The home and English gardens were built in 1913 by Joseph Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola. Approximately 30,000 people visit the complex every year and the Christmas decorations make it an even more inviting tourist stop during the holidays. Years ago, the museum approached the MGSL about decorating the house for Christmas. It was such a success that it has now become a yearly tradition and gift to the community.

The home remains furnished as it was during the years Joseph Biedenharn’s daughter, Emy-Lou Biedenharn, resided there until her death in the early 1980s. On the Monday following Thanksgiving, garden club members gather there to receive their room assignments. In no time, the Biedenharn comes alive with holiday hustle and bustle as Christmas decorations appear amidst the many antiques and artifacts that fill the home. Every room is decorated, including the bedrooms and kitchen.

The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens complex has three exhibits: the historic home and botanical gardens, the Coca-Cola museum, and the Bible museum (Emy-Lou Biedenharn was an avid bible collector) as well as a museum store. Christmas season began at the Biedendharn this year with the traditional Open House in early December. What a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season!



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