2019 Annual Gardening Symposium

Growing A Living Wall

Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8:15am – 2:00pm

EBRP Main Branch Library Conference Room

(Views of Independence Park Botanical Garden and Free Parking)

Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose bookcover


Featuring Speakers

Shawna Coronado and Jeanne and Stephen Luna

CEU's for Master Gardeners and Landscape Architects

Hospitality, Plant, Book and Gift Shop Sales
8:15-9:00am, mid-morning break, and after program until 2:00pm


Shawna Coronado in front of vertical gardenSometimes called “Green Walls” or “Vertical Gardens,” living walls are easier than ever to plan and grow! The concept of these planting systems began in Europe but is now becoming popular all over the world as people become more aware of their aesthetic and environmental benefits.

Our speakers will focus exclusively on the needs of the home gardener.  Shawna Coronado will show us how to grow vertically using full-color photos featuring her extensive garden and discuss her creative sustainable ideas for organic soil maintenance, water collection, and artful reuse of around-the-house items as vertical wall systems.  You can make your vertical garden environmentally friendly and sustainable. Some can be stocked mostly with flowers to make it a haven for bees and other pollinators. Other gardens can be filled with vegetables and herbs so anyone with an outdoor wall can grow their own food.

Jeanne and Stephen Luna with air plantUsing examples of their work in New Orleans at Luna Botanicals, Jeanne and Stephen Luna will talk about Biophilia Inspired through Living Architecture.  

Dramatic vertical walls, green roofs and hanging gardens all have the potential to create a sense of natural wonder in urban spaces ... but why and how? Biophilia defines our innate affinity for nature; our human need for organic connection to plant life. Utilizing Biophilic Design principles gives architects, designers and developers the tools to create spaces that foster a sense of well-being for the people that occupy them, and encourage biodiversity through flora and fauna. Designing to encourage genuine re-connection and meaningful experiences between humans and nature is critical for the vitality of both people and the planet. Living building facades, vertical gardens, biomimicry and creative botanical blueprints will be discussed and analyzed as examples of green-focused design.


Passlong Recipes From the Podge II "Digging Deeper" bookcoverHilltop’s Hodge Podge Volunteers will offer an extensive collection of native plants for sale, including ground covers, perennials, shrubs, understory trees, and canopy trees. Their new cookbook, Passalong Recipes from the Podge ‘Digging Deeper,’ will be available for sale along with tastings of their favorite recipes. If you purchase a cookbook you can participate in a raffle to win sweet breads baked by the volunteer who submitted the recipe.






Grow a Living Wall,101 Organic Gardening Hacks and Wellness Garden bookcoversShawna Coronado’s books:

  • Grow a Living Wall:  Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose
  • 101 Organic Gardening Hacks
  • The Wellness Garden

will be available for purchase during the symposium.




Speaker Bios


Shawna Coronado holding a plantShawna Coronado is a successful author, columnist, blogger, photographer, and media host from Illinois specializing in green lifestyle living, organic gardening and campaigning for social good. Shawna’s goal in authoring gardening and green lifestyle books is to promote a world initiative to encourage healthy and sustainable living. Shawna was featured as a Chicago Tribute “Remarkable Woman” and speaks internationally on building community, simple urban garden living, and green life style tips for the everyday person.



Jeanne and Stephen LunaJeanne and Stephen Luna founded Luna Botanicals, a New Orleans based plant pop-up shop specializing in potted and hanging plants, custom-made terrariums, plant workshops, landscape design and installation. Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of South Louisiana, as well as their travels, they strive for their botanical collection to breathe life into both interior and exterior spaces through hard-to-find, but easy-to-grow plants that anyone can find joy in nurturing! Recently named to Gambit New Orleans 40 under 40 list, the couple takes pride in growing a greener future for Louisiana and beyond. 



It pays to be an Early Bird! Save $10, register by January 21, 2019.

Early Registration

$60 - Members
$75 - Non-Members
$25 - Students

Late Registration
(Beginning January 22, 2019)

$70 - Members
$85 - Non-Members
$35 - Students 

On-Line Registration is Closed.

Walk-In Registrations are welcome Saturday morning. We accept cash, checks and credit cards.



Questions call 225-767-6916 or email hilltop@lsu.edu.