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Friends of LSU Hilltop Arboretum to Host Annual Symposium Jan. 28 at LSU Design Building

01/17/2012 10:06 AM

BATON ROUGE – The Friends of LSU Hilltop Arboretum, which operates the Highland Road facility, will hold its annual symposium on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the LSU Design Building.


Titled “Heirloom Gardening: Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens,” this year’s symposium will celebrate both cultures and plants, and how they came together to create the beautiful and memorable southern gardens residents enjoy today.


Keynote speakers William C. Welch and Greg Grant will talk about how they created their own heirloom gardens and, in doing so, hope to help others to create the gardens of their dreams and one that expresses a strong sense of place and commitment to sustainability. Many of the region’s native plants and other old southern garden varieties will be discussed, including some that are the backbone of heirloom gardening for the area and among the best-adapted and “time-tested” species.


During a mid-morning break, participants will have the chance to purchase items from the Hilltop Garden Book and Nature Shop, purchase plants discussed during the presentation and view Design Week projects by students in LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture that feature the arboretum as a case study. Speakers will be on hand for book signings.


Sponsors and partners for this year’s symposium include Whole Foods, Entergy and the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture.


Registration is required for the event, and refreshments will be provided.


Tickets are available at $45 for Friends of LSU Hilltop Arboretum members and $60 for non-members.


For more information or to purchase tickets, call 225-767-6916.

LSU Media Relations