Margaret Stones Flora of Louisiana: In Bloom at the LSU’s Museum of Art and the Hilltop Arboretum
LSU’s Museum of Art and the Hilltop Arboretum present a series of collaborative tours highlighting the watercolor drawings of South Louisiana’s native flora, which inspired celebrated Australian botanical artist Margaret Stones. This program kicks off on Sunday, April 13 from 3pm to 5pm and continues in June and July. Join locally celebrated horticultural expert Neil Odenwald and botanist Lowell Urbatsch for a series of tours which begin with an investigation of Stone’s watercolors on view at the LSU Museum of Art followed by a walking tour on the grounds of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum to experience the plants in nature Stones meticulously rendered in her botanical paintings.
Neil Odenwald was a professor of landscape architecture at LSU and, after Doc Reich’s retirement, director of the department. Dr. Odenwald is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architecture and a co-author of many books, including Southern Plants for Landscape Design, The Bountiful Flower Garden: Growing and Sharing Cut Flowers in the South, and Live Oak Splendor: Gardens Along the Mississippi, from Natchez to New Orleans.
Dr. Lowell Urbatsch has been Professor of Botany and Director of the LSU Herbarium since 1975. Dr. Urbatsch was the consulting botanist for Margaret Stones’s Native Flora of Louisiana project. He identified native species and the location of their natural habitat throughout the state. He was responsible for confirming the identifications of species of plant cuttings supplied by the many different collectors who became participants in the statewide project. He also made certain the taxonomical nomenclature was accurate and up-to-date.
The Program continues on Sunday June 15th and July 20th at 3pm at the LSU Museum of Art followed by visits to the LSU Hilltop Arboretum for a tour of 17 plants collected by Hilltop’s donor Emory Smith, and painted by Margaret Stones. Space is limited. Tickets ($10) for the exhibit and walking tour are available at the LSU Museum Shop or by calling 225-389-7210. Participants are responsible for travel to the LSU Hilltop Arboretum located on historic Highland Road between Bluebonnet and Siegen Lane.
The LSU Museum of Art store is carrying portfolios of four limited-edition prints of watercolor drawings by Margaret Stones depicting Louisiana flora. The flowers are: Celestial Lily (blue), the Southern Crabapple (pink), the Alligator Bonnet (white water lily), and the Carolina Lily (orange). Each print measures 15″ x 22″ and has been individually numbered by Ms. Stones. A brochure about the series, autographed by the artist, accompanies each set. They are sold as a set for $400 and benefit the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections in Hill Memorial Library and the LSU Museum of Art (member discounts do not apply). Watercolor prints of the Bigleaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) painted by Stones, and one of Emory Smith’s favorite Hilltop plants, will be available for sale at the Hilltop Gift Shop after the walking tour for ($35). The program will be approximately 2 hours in length. For additional information call 389-7207. Space limited.