PlantFest! 2018 | LSU Hilltop Arboretum

PlantFest! 2022

Celebrating Our 39th Annual Public Sale

Saturday, October 15th, 9am – 4pm
Please review the Shopping Guidelines and Parking Map before coming to the sale.

The Friends of Hilltop Arboretum will hold its 39th annual PlantFest! on Saturday, October 15th from 9am - 4pm for the general public. To keep you safe, COVID-19 precautions will continue. This means you are 100% responsible for managing your purchases and getting them to your car.  Bring your own wagon(s) and helper(s) as needed. There will be no Hilltop wagons, holding areas, cart runners, or car loaders.

The 39th anniversary of our fall plant sale celebrates decades of masterfully collecting people and plants and bringing them together in the unique natural space that is the LSU Hilltop Arboretum.  Brace yourself for our typical botanical “all you can tweet” plant feast … trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns (best selection in BR!), fruits, gingers, camellias, incredible edibles, ornamental grasses, and more that run the gamut from native and traditional to eclectic and electric newcomers. To spice up the mix, plants are imported from a diversity of nurseries located in Louisiana and Texas. Well over 5,000 plants will be assembled, representing 600 different species … some making their debut at Hilltop this year.

A small number of “plants” people will be on hand to help you with your plant selections this year. Plant display vignettes that bedazzle with color, or speak to those who want to go native or attract butterflies will help you get growing and suggest just the right plant for your space.

The Hilltop Gift Shop will be open and the Yarden Sale will be in the breezeway and library. Specialty plant and garden vendors will be in Vendor Village, located under the open-air pavilion, to meet all the needs of gardeners and their gardens. If you are interested in being a vendor, call Hilltop to register and pay.

All Hilltop purchases are tax free during PlantFest and we offer a membership incentive of 10% in savings on plants purchased during the one day of the sale and may include additional benefits based on membership level. 

For the sale to be a success, we rely on volunteers. We need help prior to the sale with unloading plants and set up; during the sale with tallying, cashiering, and talking plants; and after the sale with take down. Sign up today to volunteer.

Plant availability list will be published the week of the sale.

Membership Perks!

Current Hilltop members get first pick of plants on Friday, October 14th, 2022 from 9am – 7pm.

Become a member of the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum online at the $35 level or above by Friday, October 7th and enjoy the member-only shopping day.  We have extended the duration of the sale in order to space guests out and allow shopping after normal business hours. Members will be sent a plant availability list via email a week prior to the sale.

The LSU Hilltop Arboretum needs your support now more than ever. All revenue streams continue to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Your donation and/or membership directly supports our operations and keeps our mission alive.                                            

PlantFest! Basics

Plant Availability Lists

Botanical Name Sort

Common Name Sort

Vendor List

Participating Vendors

Maps and Guidelines to Make Your Shopping Experience Easier



ADA Accommodations
Please contact Hilltop if you need the shopping or parking documents in a different format.