“In the Yard” column for Nov. 30, 2012

By ED CULLEN

Advocate staff writer

Photo provided by LSU Libraries Special Collections -- Celebrate fall gardening at 'Late Bloomers: Fall Flowers from Margaret Stones' Flora of Louisiana' opening Monday at LSU's Hill Memorial Library.
Photo provided by LSU Libraries Special Collections -- Celebrate fall gardening at 'Late Bloomers: Fall Flowers from Margaret Stones' Flora of Louisiana' opening Monday at LSU's Hill Memorial Library.

“Late Bloomers: Fall Flowers from Margaret Stones’ Flora of Louisiana” opens Monday in LSU’s Hill Memorial Library. The exhibit runs through Feb. 16.

Sponsored by LSU Libraries’ Special Collections, the exhibit commemorates Australian botanical artist Stones’ commission in 1976 to create six watercolor drawings for the university’s American bicentennial celebration.

Response to Stones’ LSU commission resulted in more than 200 drawings of Louisiana native plants over the next 20 years.

Stones’ watercolors, hailed for their scientific accuracy and artistry, are accompanied by descriptions of each plant by LSU professor of botany Lowell Urbatsch who collaborated with Stones.

Hill Memorial Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

When LSU is in session, the library is open until 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Weekdays, parking for a nominal fee is available at the Visitor’s Center, Dalrymple Drive and Highland Road; Memorial Tower and near Mike the Tiger’s habitat.

For more information, visit http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/. For a biography on Stones, click on her name in the E.A. McIhenny Natural History Collection.

At 92, Stones no longer makes the long trip from Australia, but she stays in touch with her Louisiana friends, said Elaine B. Smyth, assistant dean of libraries.

HILLTOP ARBORETUM’S PLANT SALE: Hilltop’s year-end plant sale is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The arboretum’s gift shop will be open for early Christmas shopping. Hilltop is located at 11855 Highland Road.

For more information, call (225) 767-6916, email hilltop@tigers.lsu.edu or go to http://www.lsu.edu/hilltop.

REMEMBERING ED O’ROURKE: Edmund Newton O’Rourke Jr., Ed to his friends, Dr. O’Rourke to his LSU horticulture students, died peacefully Nov. 11 in a Lake Charles hospital.

A graduate of Cornell University, O’Rourke, a New Orleans native, was known as a teacher and mentor. His research in figs produced LSU Purple, LSU Gold and the O’Rourke varieties. He co-authored “Gardening in the Humid South” (LSU Press) with colleague Leon Standifer. O’Rourke’s friends and students plan to remember him with an oak in his name on the LSU campus. Call (225) 578-5386 or visit http://www.lsufoundation.org/oaks for information on endowing an LSU oak.

Ed Cullen

Advocate staff writer