PlantFest! 2018 | LSU Hilltop Arboretum

PlantFest! 2020

Celebrating Our 37th Annual Public Sale

Friday, Oct 16, 9am – 7pm
Saturday, Oct 17, 9am – 7pm

COVID-19 precautions are in place to keep you safe! Face masks are required.

Please review the Site Map and Shopping Guidelines before coming to the sale.

The Friends of Hilltop Arboretum will hold its 37th annual PlantFest! on Friday, October 16th from 9am - 7pm and Saturday, October 17th from 9am - 7pm for the general public. To keep you safe at the LSU Hilltop Arboretum, COVID-19 precautions will change the shopping experience. We offer longer shopping hours to spread out the number of shoppers to maintain social distancing, and self-serve shopping which means you are 100% responsible for managing your purchases and getting them to your car.  Face masks will be required. We recommend you bring your own wagon and helper. There will be no Hilltop wagons, holding areas, cart runners, or car loaders.

What hasn’t changed!

The 37th anniversary of our fall plant sale celebrates decades of masterfully collecting people and plants and bringing them together in the unique natural space that is the LSU Hilltop Arboretum.  Brace yourself for our typical botanical “all you can tweet” plant feast … trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns (best selection in BR!), fruits, gingers, camellias, incredible edibles, ornamental grasses, and more that run the gamut from native and traditional to eclectic and electric newcomers. To spice up the mix, plants are imported from a diversity of nurseries located in Louisiana and Texas. Well over 5,000 plants will be assembled, representing 600 different species … some making their debut at Hilltop this year.

A small number of “plants” men and women will be on hand to help you with your plant selections this year. Plant display vignettes that bedazzle with color, or speak to those who want to go native or attract butterflies will help you get growing and suggest just the right plant for your space.

The Hilltop Gift Shop and Yarden Sale will be set up outdoors in the breezeway and will be joined by specialty plant and garden vendors in Vendor Village, located under the open-air pavilion, to meet all the needs of gardeners and their gardens. The vendors will be spaced apart to allow for social distancing.

We offer both a tax and a membership incentive that add up to 20% in savings on plants purchased during the two  days of the sale and may include additional benefits based on membership level. 

Plant availability list for the general public will be posted online the evening of Thursday, October 15, 2020!

What has changed!

Current Hilltop members get first pick of plants on October 13-15, 2020 from 9am – 7pm.

Become a member of the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum online at the $35 level or above by Thursday, October 8, 2020 and enjoy member-only shopping days.  We have extended the duration of the sale significantly in order to space guests out safely. Members will be sent a plant availability list via email one week prior to the sale.

The LSU Hilltop Arboretum needs your support now more than ever. All of our revenue streams have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Your donation and/or membership directly supports our operations and keeps our mission alive.                                            

PlantFest! Basics

Plant Availability Lists

Botanical Sort

Common Name Sort

Maps and Guidelines to Make Your Shopping Experience Easier

Site Map and Shopping Guidelines 

Participating Vendors  

Shoppers Parking Map

ADA Accommodations
Please contact Hilltop if you need the parking documents in a different format.