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LSU Hilltop Arboretum to Host Summer Academy, Junior Master Gardener Programs at LaHouse

04/20/2012 10:39 AM

BATON ROUGE –LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum will host its annual Summer Academy and Junior Master Gardener Summer Camp programs for children during the month of June. However, the location of these activities will move from the arboretum to LaHouse, 2858 Gourrier Ave.


Peggy Davis Coates, executive director of LSU Hilltop Arboretum, said that because of construction beginning in late June for a new enclosed facility at the arboretum, the summer programs will be held at LaHouse.


“We are excited to have this unique opportunity to hold camps at LaHouse,” she said. “We have an enclosed air-conditioned room, sunrooms, porches and seven acres of landscape which includes a wonderful, productive vegetable garden. Kyle Hufffstickler has welcomed us with open arms and is doing his best to make sure we have an unforgettable experience.”


The annual Hilltop Summer Academy will be held in two sessions, the first scheduled for June 4-8 and the second for June 11-15, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. The academy is open to children ages 4-7 and will feature a chance for children to meet various farm animals, experience hay rides and partake in arts and crafts, music, stories and other projects. Cost for the academy is $125 for members of Friends of LSU Hilltop Arboretum, and $160 for expired or non-members. The fee includes a Hilltop Summer Academy T-shirt. For additional information, contact Paula Dillemuth at 225-767-6917 or


The five-day Junior Master Gardener Summer Camp will be held June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The camp is open to children ages 7-10. During the program, campers will learn how to grow different types of vegetables, fruit and herbs in the gardens at LaHouse. There will also be a chance for campers to interact with farm animals, as well as to learn more about themselves and their community. Children who participate will be eligible for Junior Master Gardener Chapter Pins for Chapter 1 (Green Leaves), Chapter 6 (Strawberry), Chapter 7 (Corn Cob) and Chapter 8 (Compass). Cost for the camp is $125 for members of Friends of LSU Hilltop Arboretum, and $160 for expired or non-members.


LaHouse is the LSU AgCenter’s home and landscape resource center. A permanent showcase house, the facility features an exhibit and resource room, 7 acres of educational landscape exhibits and a multimedia teaching center to facilitate educational outreach to consumers, professionals and youth. LaHouse is used to address national and regional challenges including energy independence, hurricanes and floods resiliency, pollution prevention, waste management, asthma, mold and other indoor air hazards, climate issues and more. 


LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum is a 14-acre facility, showcasing an extensive collection of Louisiana native trees and shrubs. The Hilltop property was purchased in 1929 by Emory Smith and his wife, Annette, as a country retreat. In 1981, because of his love of the natural world, he chose to preserve Hilltop by donating the property to LSU. The arboretum is open to the public free of charge during daylight hours seven days a week for self-guided and group tours.


For more information on LSU Hilltop Arboretum, including how to register for programs and schedule group tours, visit, email or call 225-767-6916 Tuesday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

LSU Media Relations