Celebrate Hilltop

swamp sunflowers and grasses in cajun prairie                                          Celebrate Hilltop


An Intimate Evening of Flowers, Food,
and Fiddlers in Our New Cajun Prairie

Sat., April 4 • Postponed until Fall

LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Join us and experience tall grasses and
wildflowers during this unique event!

$100 Per Person • Casual Event
Hosted by Friends of Hilltop Arboretum


Enjoy libations and appetizers under the Emory Smith Wedding Oak and stroll the new area of Cajun Prairie with Louisiana native wildflowers in bloom. Arrive at the amphitheater and listen to the live Cajun band from Southwestern Louisiana featuring Corey Porche, Beau Brown, and Jacques Boudreaux. Dinner to follow under the pavilion with a surprise dessert. Catering is provided by Heirloom Cuisine with a South Louisiana flair. You may even see a firefly or two in the Cajun Prairie that will be illuminated by candlelight at dusk. Silent auction items will celebrate nature, Louisiana cooking and art themes.

All proceeds benefit Hilltop Arboretum's native planting master plan and Cajun Prairie development.

Silent Auction

Silent auction items will celebrate nature, Louisiana cooking, and art themes. Here is a sneak preview of a few of the items. We will peak your curiosity with postings of new pictures each week leading up to the event.

oil painting of Mr. Smith's home








Oil painting by Gary Green

Gary Green is a member of “Plein Air” painters. These local artists meet in open air settings and draw inspiration from the natural surroundings for their paintings.

sky blue ceramic koiCeramic by Tyson Weiss

This “ Sky Blue Koi” enhances your garden through all seasons of the year. Use one or several ceramic fish to add a fluid aesthetic to any garden space. Each fish comes with a rod to keep it anchored among ornamental grasses, in patio planters or any location of your choice.

charcuterie boardThis beautiful Charcuterie board is fashioned from Cherry wood from Illinois. It stands four inches high on handmade turned metal legs. The piece is finished with linseed oil which is food safe.

small green fishing boat in front of a lake camp in Hendersib

Oil painting by Sue Wang

Sue Wang ( also a member of “Plein Air” painters) drew her inspiration for this painting during her visit to the bayou in Henderson, LA.

4 bottles of liqueur, a t-shirt and hat in a wicker basketLaissez Versez is a local distillery making fine craft spirits in Baton Rouge. Currently, the production line has a variety of flavors. A sampling of four liqueur flavors are included in this basket: Blueberry, Strawberry, Flambeaux (cinnamon), and C'est Bon( coffee, caramel, chocolate and cherry). Visit them at 14141 Airline Highway for a tasting.

collection of 6 dragonfly broochesFive choices of jeweled and beautifully colorful vintage dragonfly pins.

Jewerly box decorated with dragonfly

Exquisite Dragonfly Treasure Box.

Collection of 5 gardening books

Gardening Book Collection: A Year in the Garden, Ferns for American Gardens, Louisiana Wildflower Guide, The Well-Placed Weed, and Plant Driven Design.

3 paintings in one frame - three butterflies on host plants

Trio of Framed Butterflies limited edition prints by Murrell Butler nationally renowned artist from St. Francisville. Mr. Butler specializes in Louisiana landscapes and native birds.

The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine by Chef John Folse

The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine by John Folse.

Collection of cajun cooking items

Products from local producers Tony Chachere, Zatarains and Louisiana Fish Fry. Includes everyday products to cook up the delicious Cajun food of Louisiana.


Celebrate Hilltop Details

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Postponed until Fall 


 Questions? Call (225)767-6916 or email hilltop@lsu.edu.