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October 28

Each October, the annual green-thumbed crowd pleaser has been bringing people and plants together in the unique natural space that is Hilltop Arboretum. PlantFest! returns with another veritable botanical bonanza of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, gingers, camellias, ornamental grasses, and more, running the gamut from native and traditional to eclectic and electric newcomers.

This year’s Fest will feature SwampFly Landscaping, a women-owned landscaping firm specializing in native plants and re-wilding spaces, who will be available to provide consultation as well as tips about installation and maintenance of plants. (Read more about SwampFly Landscaping in this story from our June 2022 issue, here.) The Hilltop Gift Shop will be hosting specialty plant and craft vendors to meet the growing needs of gardeners, and shoppers can peruse the Vendor Village under the pavilion. This year will also offer a children’s activity tent, where kids can participate in nature-themed activities and pick up some fall-centric treats to bring home.

The plant list will be available a week prior to the sale at lsu.edu/hilltop. Saturday from 9 am–4 pm, Sunday from noon–4 pm.

As a teaser for PlantFest, Tammany Baumgarten, owner of BaumGardens Landscape and Design in New Orleans, will present a talk titled “Top 25 Native Plants that Promote a Healthy Ecosystem in the Backyard and Beyond” on October 15.

11855 Highland Road
Baton Rouge


October 28