Watercolor drawings of La. flora to be highlighted in tour series

LSU’s Museum of Art and the Hilltop Arboretum are presenting a series of collaborative tours highlighting the watercolor drawings of south Louisiana’s native flora, which inspired Australian botanical artist Margaret Stones, starting this Sunday. The program runs from 3-5 p.m. and will continue in June, July and August.

Join horticultural expert Neil Odenwald and botanist Lowell Urbatsch for the tours, which begin with an investigation of Stone’s watercolors on view at the LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St., followed by a walking tour on the grounds of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum to experience the plants in nature that Stones rendered in her botanical paintings.

Tickets are $10 for the exhibit and walking tour and are available at the LSU Museum Shop or by calling (225) 389-7210. Participants are responsible for travel to the LSU Hilltop Arboretum located on historic Highland Road between Bluebonnet and Siegen Lane. Space is limited.

Margaret Stones’s Flora of Baton Rouge: In Bloom continues on June 15, July 20 and Aug. 10 at the LSU Museum of Art followed by visits to the LSU Hilltop Arboretum for a tour of 17 plants collected by Hilltop’s donor Emory Smith, and painted by Margaret Stones.