Ways to Give | LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Ways to Give 

Help Us Flourish

Become a Member

The Friends of Hilltop Arboretum is an independent non-profit organization that works in partnership with the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture to preserve, protect and enhance Hilltop. Established in 1982, with thoughtful guidance from founder and benefactor Emory Smith, memberships from the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum make up about 20% of our annual operating budget. Memberships make it possible to further develop the site into a nationally-recognized center for the study of native plants and landscape design.  They also help us get kids outdoors, cultivate native trees and shrubs, and provide enriching educational opportunities for the entire community.

Members-Only Exclusive Gifts

Margaret Stones Poster Print, T-Shirt, Pocket Guides

Margaret Stone's print, Hilltop T-shirt, and sample of pocket guides

 

Violet  $35

  • 10% Discount on Plants at Plantfest
  • Reduced Member Rates for Programs, Trips, Events
  • Admission to Annual Member Luncheon
  • E-Notices About Programs, Events and Activities 

Azalea  $50

All Benefits at the Violet Level, plus:

  • 10% Discount on Plants at Spring Fling Sale
  • Free Admission to PlantFest Teaser

Redbud  $75

All Benefits at the Above Levels, plus:

  • 10% Discount on Plants at Year End Sale
  • 10% Discount at Gift Shop 

Dogwood  $100  Best Value!

All Benefits at the Above Levels, plus:

  • 10% Year Round Discount on Plants at Hodge Podge Nursery
  • Free Hilltop T-Shirt (New Selection Each Year)
  • 10% Discount Children’s Camps 

Magnolia  $250

All Benefits at the Above Levels, plus:

  • Free Admission to 9 Discover Nature Programs
  • 10% Discount on Consulting Arborist Fee

Cypress  $500

All Benefits at the Above Levels, plus:

  • Margaret Stones Big Leaf Magnolia Print or Choose 4 from over a dozen Nature-themed Pocket Guides
  • 2 Tickets to Annual Symposium

 Live Oak  $1,000

All Benefits at the Above Levels, plus:

  • 1 Fee for Professional Photography Session Waived
  • One Guided Plant Tour of Hilltop with Refreshments
  • 15% Discount on Facility Rental

What makes Hilltop special and worth supporting as a Corporate Member? This is an exciting time for the Friends organization on many fronts. The programs and services we offer are educational events focusing on Louisiana gardening, plants and landscaping with special emphasis on planting for a healthier future in our own backyards. We serve about 15,000 members of the community annually. We reach children, students and adults of all ages, and professionals with programs and continuing education credits.

At the site, we are continually moving forward with improvements made possible by generous donors, members and grants. We’re proud of these projects completed in the past six years:

  • Paul Murrill, Jr. or Whit’s Pathway — handicap accessible
  • C. J. Brown Sr. Footbridge — spans the central ravine to the “Cathedral” area
  • Revised Site Master Plan — Doug Reed with Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects
  • Restored “Cathedral” — tree planting designed by Robert S. “Doc” Reich
  • Suzie Ehrlicher Ravine Planting — new collection in central ravine
  • Pond Walk — elevated board walk with LA Aquatic plants
  • Imogene Newsom Brown Education Facility — Includes Beverly Brown Coates Auditorium & Bert Turner Courtyard

The Friends of Hilltop organization supports 100% of its daily operations. Corporate memberships are offered at three levels Poplar ($500-$999), Silverbell ($1000-$2499) and Emory Smith Magnolia ($2500 and above). All levels include corporate recognition on Hilltop’s website, newsletters and media releases and sponsorship recognition and tickets for a signature event of your choice. At the Emory Smith Magnolia level we are offering the use of the Margaret Holmes Brown Pavilion for a corporate event ($750 value). 

Call 225-767-6916 today for current information on becoming a Corporate Member.

Thank you to our 2018 Corporate Members

 

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Hilltop is a wonderful place! We are ready to give you a tour and answer any questions you may have. look forward to hearing from you and hope you’ll join today.