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Address: 11855 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Phone: (225) 767-6916
Fax: (225) 768-7740
Organization Scope: City/Local
Organization Type: Arboretum
Services this organization provides
- Wildflower or native habitat display on property
- Provide educational programming
- Open to the public
- Membership program
- Offer public programs, trips, seminars, etc.
- Propagate native plants
- Native plant sales
Native Plant Focus: The Hilltop property was purchased after World War II by Emory Smith and his wife, Annette, as a working farm and country retreat, and donated it to LSU in 1991. The arboretum features winding woodland paths under century-old Oaks. Many of the plant species at the Arboretum were collected and planted by Mr. Smith. Among the most unusual is the "Emory Smith" magnolia, collected by Mr. Smith and cultivated at Hilltop. Today, the Friends of Hilltop are devoted to the preservation and development of Hilltop as a natural preserve of native southern trees, shrubs, and wildflowers and encourages its free and effective use by the community.
Publications: Pocket Guide to Louisiana Trees, Hilltop: My Story, Quarterly Newsletter
Description: Hilltop Arboretum features an extensive collection of Louisiana trees and shrubs cultivated on 14 extraordinarily beautiful acres. Hilltop was donated to Louisiana State University with the intent that it remain a model of the natural landscape and continues its traditional use as an outdoor laboratory for students and the community as well. The Arboretum is managed by the School of Landscape Architecture under the direction of a special advisory board and is maintained year-round by graduate students from this school. The "Friends of Hilltop" provide volunteer services and financial support for the Arboretum. The visitor to Hilltop Arboretum will find not only a place of learning, but a quiet place, far removed from the pressures of life; a place of solace and contemplation.
Last Update: 2005-01-25
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