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“Every Tree Tells a Story” Signboard Exhibition on Display at LSU Hilltop Arboretum through April 30

03/12/2014 03:35 PM

BATON ROUGE – Through a program called “Landslide,” The Cultural Landscape Foundation, or TCLF, draws immediate and lasting attention to threatened landscapes and unique features. Landslide both highlights and monitors at-risk landscapes and annual thematic listings to save this heritage for future generations.


In conjunction with the 2010 Landslide selections, “Every Tree Tells a Story,” LSU Hilltop Arboretum will host an outdoor signboard exhibit in the arboretum’s cathedral area of through April 30.


The exhibit highlights the history, threat and ways to become involved with 12 trees and tree collections across the country and in Puerto Rico. These horticultural specimens, many under threat, range from a two-centuries-old tulip poplar in Washington D.C., to the threatened tree canopy created by more than 6,000 Frederick Law Olmsted-era heritage trees in Louisville, Ky., to the 4,000 cherry trees in New Jersey’s Essex County Branch Brook Park, to the Rio Piedras ficuses that span seven highway lanes in San Juan, Puerto Rico; to the hundreds of pine trees in Wooded Weymouth Heights Subdivision in North Carolina, with carvings known as “boxes” made by former slaves. They stand as living reminders of our country’s past and have the potential to witness future generations.


The exhibition has been made possible by generous support from presenting sponsor The Davey Tree Expert Company, and with additional support from Garden Design, American Photo, American Forests, Joseph & Sylvia Slifka Foundation and Susan Turner & Scott Purdin.


LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum, located at 11855 Highland Road in Baton Rouge, is open from dawn to dusk seven days a week. Admission is free.


For more information on the exhibit or on Hilltop Arboretum, contact Peggy Coates at 225-767-6916 or





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LSU Media Relations