Annual Gardening Symposium | LSU Hilltop Arboretum

The Nature of Oaks 

The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees

Zoom Presentations Featuring 

Dr. Douglas Tallamy, January 26, 6-7pm
Scott Courtright, January 28, 6-7pm

Registration Fee Includes Both Programs

$50 for Members/$65 Non-Members
Free for Members Level $500 and above
CEU’s for master gardeners and landscape architects!


In observance of Arbor Day 2022, the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum Annual Symposium will focus on the Oaks, a keystone native tree species, in two Zoom presentations you can enjoy in the comfort of your home. Registrants and Members Level $500 and above will receive a link to the Zoom presentations via email.  The programs will be recorded, if you are unable to watch them live.   

The first presentation, The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees, will feature Dr. Douglas Tallamy on January 26, 2022, from 6-7pm.  What many people may not know is that oaks sustain a complex and fascinating web of wildlife. Dr. Tallamy will reveal what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers, which collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance, to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, he will illuminate and celebrate the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. Tallamy’s talk will inspire you to treasure oak trees and to nurture and protect them. 

The second presentation, Tree Guru Talks Oaks, will feature Scott Courtright on January 28, 2022, from 6-7pm.  Scott will discuss the diversity of our native red and white oak trees, site conditions required to successful grow the different oak species, and how to take care of them from seedlings to maturity. 

Online Oak Tree and Ecology Book Sales

Native Oak trees and books about oaks will be available for purchase online with curbside pick-up from January 28 – February 4, 2022. 


Doug Tallamy profileDouglas Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has taught insect-related courses for 40 years. His first book with Timber Press, Bringing Nature Home, changed the conversation about gardening in America.  His second book, the New York Times bestseller Nature’s Best Hope, urged homeowners to take conversation into their own hands. Now, he is turning his advocacy to one of the most important species of the plant kingdom – the mighty oak tree. 



Scott Courtright profileScott Courtright is owner of Trinity Tree Consultants, LLC which provides Arboricultural, Forest Management, Phytoremediation, Ecological and Natural Resources consulting services. Trinity has been in business for over 12 years. Stated as a moonlight business, Trinity has grown to a full service firm. As a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, Courtright also provides expert witness support and testimony on Arboricultural and Ecological legal cases.  





 Registration Details

Online Registration is Closed.
Call Hilltop to Register

No registration needed for
Members Level $500 and above

Oak Tree and Book Sales Link will be sent to registrants January 28, 2022

 Questions call 225-767-6916 or email