The focus will be on native trees, shrubs and flowers when the LSU Hilltop Arboretum holds its fall plant sale, Plantfest.
The 32nd annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, and from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4, at the arboretum, 11855 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. The sale offers trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, fruits, gingers, camellias, edibles, ornamental grasses and more, running the gamut from native and traditional to eclectic newcomers.
More than 5,000 plants will be assembled representing 600 different species, some making their debut at Hilltop this year. In addition to plants from nurseries in Louisiana, plants are also being imported from nurseries in Alabama and Texas.
Experts will be on hand to help with plant selections. Colorful and native plant display vignettes will be set up to help you get growing and suggest just the right plant for your space.
The Hilltop Gift Shop will be joined by specialty plant and craft vendors to offer items for gardeners and their gardens. Both tax and membership incentives are offered that add up to 20 percent in savings on plants purchased during the two days of the sale.
Starting Saturday, get a list of plants being offered at Plantfest at the website lsu.edu/hilltop.
Hilltop’s pre-sale teaser, “Bringing Natives Home,” will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the arboretum’s new education facility on the site. Wayne Womack, LSU professor emeritus and a landscape architect, and Mila Berhane, owner of Greenhand Nursery, will give a talk about native plants and trees for the home garden. The cost is $10 for Hilltop members, $15 for nonmembers. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. For information or to register, visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.