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LSU Hilltop Arboretum, Baton Rouge

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The Hilltop Arboretum at Louisiana State University (14 acres) is an arboretum owned by the Louisiana State University. It is located at 11855 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and open to the public free of charge during daylight hours seven days a week.

The arboretum was developed by Mr. and Mrs. Emory Smith, starting in 1929, and donated to the university in 1981. The Smiths planned the garden to follow the form of a cathedral: "It had a central great hall or nave, and from that - in every direction - ran hallways leading to other rooms and on to others, with niches and passageways of every description. The nave and other rooms were the grassy plots; the walls were trees, shrubs, and bamboo; the pillars were old tree trunks."
The arboretum collection includes bamboo, beech, birch, black cherry, black walnut, box elder, buckeye, camellia, cherry laurel, cow oak, clethra, crape myrtle, cypress, dogwood, elm, fig, Formosan gum, green hawthorn, hickory, hop hornbeam, holly, illicium, ironwood, Japanese maple, Justicia, ligustrum, magnolia, live oak, loquat, pecan, persimmon, pine, red maple, red oak, sassafras, sawtooth oak, short leaf pine, silver bell, silver maple, sourwood, spruce pine, sugar maple, sweet gum, sweet olive, sycamore, tulip tree, viburnum, vaccinium, water oak, and yaupon.
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  • Saturday afternoon building is closed on weekends so not a lot of people around. There were several couples having peaceful little picnics on blankets under trees or by the water. Love the selection.....  more
    Saturday afternoon building is closed on weekends so not a lot of people around. There were several couples having peaceful little picnics on blankets under trees or by the water. Love the selection.....  more »
  • We were visiting the area and wanted to get outside. Perfect place for social distancing. Free also. We took pictures and wandered around. Some nice flowers but this is a very small area. Don't... 
    We were visiting the area and wanted to get outside. Perfect place for social distancing. Free also. We took pictures and wandered around. Some nice flowers but this is a very small area. Don't...  more »
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  • This space is a garden on Highland Rd, serving the Baton rouge community by offering a collection of plants established since the mid 20th century. The current status(August 2019) has an established ravine and pond, with the wildflower meadow in early stages of establishment. A definite destination for anyone that enjoys the outdoors.
  • Beautiful place. Lots of paths, and it's free. They also sell plants. We had a day - long retreat there yesterday. The staff and room were awesome. I highly recommend it, especially if you need to relax and de-stress.

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