Spring Garden Trip to the East
Thursday, April 10, 2014 ~ Depart Hilltop at 7:30am
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East of the Mississippi line that is!
All the way to Picayune and the Crosby Arboretum.
Our first stop will be the Hammond Research Center, run by the LSU AgCenter. It is nestled in the woods amidst 150 acres of lush landscaping. As a result of their research they release a list of Super Plants (Spring and Fall) that grow well in all parts of Louisiana. Professor and friend of Hilltop, Allen Owings, will be our host and tour guide. Among the things that are typically in bloom at the time we will be there are Knockout Roses, Afrodite Althea, Miss Schiller’s Delight small-leaf viburnum, Robin Hill Azaleas, Grancy Graybeard, ‘Redbor’ Kale, Petunias, and Magnolia JonJon, just to name a few! What an eye full!
We will drive on to the Crosby Arboretum which features three basic habitats, the Savanna, Woodland, and Aquatic exhibits. With a highlight being the Pitcher Plant bog. You will also get to follow in the footsteps of William Bartram on the trail named after him that he followed in the 1700′s. And perhaps the piece de resistance is the landmark Pinecote Pavilion designed by the renowned architect, Fay Jones.
Marc Pastorek has graciously invited us to his 12-acre farm named MeadowMakers. He has over 50 experiments using local-provenance seed to establish native wildflower plantings. Single-species, combination-species, and very diverse natural association plantings, all using wild-collected seed are on display at the farm.
And not to worry, I have a delicious lunch planned for you as well as “Rolling Cocktail Party”! Show up, sit back, and enjoy the ride on our luxury coach ……..
Have questions, call Paula Dillemuth at Hilltop 767-6916