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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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  • Cute little place. I kind of expected it to be a little bigger but that was my mistake. Beautiful place for a short morning walk. Very quiet and Serene. Just the sound of the gravel path underneath your feet. I will say that the cantilever wouldn't deck around the Little pond is a little unnerving and feels a little unstable but I made it safely.
  • Absolutely love the architecture and peacefulness. We been going to arboretums around the country, this is a cute place to make a stop. Not busy on a memorial weekend. They also have a small nursery.

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