The LSU Hilltop Arboretum will hold its Plantfest! “A Walk on the Green Side” this weekend.
It’s the 30th anniversary of the fall plant sale which celebrates three decades of bringing people and plants together in the unique space that is Emory Smith’s Hilltop.
The horticultural promenade will be led by the delightfully eclectic cadre of volunteers who oversee Hilltop’s on-site nursery and are affectionately known as “Hodge Podge.”
On sale will be a plant feast — trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, fruits, gingers, camellias, edibles, ornamental grasses and more that run the gamut from native and traditional to eclectic newcomers.
The Hodge Podge Collection features prized pass-alongs and choice plants grown from cuttings. Additional plants are imported from 15 nurseries in Alabama, Texas, Florida and South Carolina as well as Louisiana. More than 5,000 plants will be assembled representing 600 different species, some making their Hilltop debut.
A listing of the plants being offered at the sale is listed at lsu.edu/hilltop.
The Hilltop Gift Shop will be joined by specialty plant and craft vendors, offering books, garden tools, ironwork, woodcraft and just about anything you might need for the birds.
Hilltop accepts cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard, and will offer both a tax and a membership incentive.
For the two days of the sale, Hilltop will give the fundraiser exemption from city and state tax on plant purchases only. Current Friends of Hilltop members get an additional 10 percent discount.
Annual sale of plants and more.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
WHERE: LSU Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road.