The stage will be set with white lights, romantic candles and dramatic up-lit trees for LSU Hilltop Arboretum's "Illuminated Garden Nightscape Tour."
The event, set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, will include three enchanting gardens with festive gathering spaces for socializing, music and enjoying food and drinks made from Hilltop's soon-to-be-published cookbook, "Passalong Recipes From the Podge II — Digging Deeper."
On tour will be the gardens of Patrice and Richard Ellis, 1402 Kenmore Ave.; DeEtte and Mike Montalbano, 677 Oak Hills Parkway; and Devera and Jerry Goss, 735 Oak Hills Parkway.
The Ellis garden is a hidden gem in an older neighborhood with plant collections that will excite the most astute connoisseur, and outdoor rooms will be decorated with the artistic flair of the two interior designers. The couple also creates one-of-a-kind clay and wood bird feeders, a few of which will be raffled off on the evening of the tour.
The Montalbano and Goss families are neighbors in Oak Hills. Both of their gardens extend down to the lake and include inviting niches to sit and relax. Lighted pathways connect the gardens for strolling and enjoying the waterfront views. The “Tiki Bar” will be open at the Goss garden, and the “Garden Kitchen” at the Montalbanos for refreshments throughout the evening.
Tour tickets are $20 and are available at the arboretum, 11855 Highland Road, online at lsu.edu/hilltop or at each garden on the evening of the tour. Visit the website for more information, a tour map and the evening's menu. You can start the tour at any of the three gardens featured.