Friends of LSU Hilltop Arboretum to Host “Garden Design Tips, Ideas and Inspiration” Design Program in February, March

01/15/2014 09:05 AM

BATON ROUGE – The Friends of LSU Hilltop Arboretum will host a new design program in 2014 titled, “Garden Design Tips, Ideas and Inspiration” on Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. noon on February 13, 20 and 27 and on March 13, 20 and 27. Sessions will be held in the new LSU Hilltop Arboretum Imogene Newsom Brown Education Facility.


The program will feature landscape architects Neil Odenwald and Van Cox, who will offer inspiring design tips and ideas to enable those who participate to create their own garden plans and express themselves like a designer. Likewise, Odenwald and Cox look forward to learning about design tips and ideas from their students.  


Through interactive activities, students will learn to use basic design principles – simple drawing techniques for expressing design ideas and photography to build a digital library of garden features – which are building blocks for creating a garden plan. They will take garden tours as a source of design inspiration and will learn about native and adapted plants, European and U.S. garden history for inspiration; garden accessories and structures; use of water and sculptures; and a design vocabulary to present their ideas.  


Refreshments will include morning coffee breaks with snacks.


Program registration fees are $250 for Friends of Hilltop Arboretum members and $285 for non-members, which includes a $35 annual membership. Course materials included in student fees include a plant material reference guide, “Plants for American Landscapes,” by Neil G. Odenwald, Charles F. Fryling and Thomas E. Pope; a design sketchbook; two no. 2 pencils; a No. 314 drawing pencil; and a pink pearl eraser.


On-line registration for the program is available by visiting or by emailing Phone registrations can be made at 225-767-6916.





Contact Peggy Davis Coates
LSU Hilltop Arboretum


Contact Aaron Looney
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014