BRG’s Celebration of 2018 Louisiana Arbor Week is well underway!


Baton Rouge Green Celebrates Louisiana Arbor Day with Plantings, Luncheon

January 13, 2018 – Baton Rouge, LA – For their extensive planting of 88 mature live oaks on South Bluebonnet Boulevard, Preserve at Harveston developers John Fetzer & Mike Wampold will be awarded the first Baton Rouge Green Award to be given in decades. The award will be given during Baton Rouge Green’s 2018 Louisiana Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, January 19, at the LSU Rural Life Museum. The Luncheon will be the culmination of Baton Rouge Green’s Arbor Week activities.

The Baton Rouge Green Award was given to several prominent local citizens in the early 90s who had committed extraordinary time and resources to planting and preserving our city’s urban canopy. Recipients included Steele Burden, Hays Town and Baton Rouge Green founder, Dr. Jed Morris.

The 2018 Louisiana Arbor Day Luncheon is sponsored by Annette Barton & Malcom Tucker, Claire & Richard Manship, and Citizens Bank & Trust. Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. While National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April each year, Louisiana celebrates Arbor Day on the third Friday in January annually to coincide with our climate’s tree planting season.

Baton Rouge Green will also be celebrating Louisiana Arbor Day the week preceding the luncheon, planting trees with students at FLAIM, the Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet school, on Tuesday, January 16, and at the Baton Rouge Center for the Visual & Performing Arts on Thursday, January 18. Baton Rouge Green is also partnering with The Walls Project for the MLK Festival of Service and will be planting trees with volunteers in undeveloped green space in North Baton Rouge on Saturday and Monday, January 13 and 15.

All dates and information for Baton Rouge Green’s Arbor Day activities are below.


Partnering with The Walls Project, Baton Rouge Green will supply and oversee the planting of nearly 30 15-gallon trees at two north Baton Rouge locations over two days with a host of volunteers. The trees are being donated by Ducote’s Tree Farm and LSU Aquaculture Research Station.

  • Saturday, January 13 at 9am: Brother’s Meat Market – 6 baldcypress
  • Monday, January 15 at 9am: near The Women’s Help Center at 76th Street and Scenic Hwy – 22 canopy trees: baldcypress, winged elm and bur oak.


Tuesday, January 16
FLAIM future campus (Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet)
4510 Bawell Street

Students and Baton Rouge Green staff will plant six canopy trees on the school’s campus, bur oaks and winged elms. The trees are being donated by Ducote’s Tree Farm.



Thursday, January 18
Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts
2040 South Acadian Thruway
9:30 am

Students and Baton Rouge Green staff will plant a selection of understory native trees on the school’s campus.  The trees for this planting are being donated by Beverly Delmas in memory of Tony Davis, and Karen & Al Adams in memory of Joyce K. Wherley.



Friday, January 19
LSU Rural Life Museum
4650 Essen Lane
11:30 am – 1pm

Baton Rouge Green’s Arbor Day Celebration is made possible with generous support from Annette Barton & Malcolm Tucker, Richard & Claire Manship and Citizens Bank & Trust. Advance reservations for the Arbor Day Luncheon are required. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available from the Baton Rouge Green office at 225.381.0037. Individual tickets are $75.


About Louisiana Arbor Day:

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Although in most of the country Arbor Day is celebrated later in the year, Louisiana’s Arbor Day is always the third Friday in January, tree-planting season in South Louisiana.


Baton Rouge Green, BREC, EBR Parish Library System Dedicate Bicentennial Oak in Expressway Park

Expressway Park, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – Baton Rouge Green, in partnership with The Baton Rouge Bicentennial Commission, The East Baton Rouge Parish Library and BREC, will planted and dedicated a 27-gallon Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) in BREC’s Expressway Park in honor of Baton Rouge’s 200th birthday.

A dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday, December 13th. Mayor-President Sharon Broome, BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight and Assistant Director Angela Harms, EBR Parish Library Director Spencer Watts, Metro Councilwomen Tara Wicker and Barbara Freiberg helped dedicate the Bicentennial Live Oak.

Baton Rouge Green and the Commission selected a Live Oak. Under the right conditions, Live Oaks can live several hundred years, are a very hardy species, and for many have become synonymous with Louisiana landscapes. Several local organizations were involved in establishing the Bicentennial Live Oak.

BREC provided the site in Expressway Park and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System has donated the granite monument installed near the
tree. Baton Rouge Green will care for the tree to ensure it’s survival. The Live Oak was donated by Rick Webb of Louisiana Growers.

“We hope that that Baton Rouge residents of 2217 will still be able to visit and enjoy this beautiful tree on the city’s 400th birthday as it continues to stand in honor of our great city,” said Sage Foley, Baton Rouge Green Executive Director.

Check out the WAFB story here.

2500 lbs of Citrus Fruit Harvested and Donated by 50+ Volunteers at 4th City Citrus Pick Event

Baton Rouge, LA, December 9, 2017 – Baton Rouge Green held our 4th Annual City Citrus Pick Event on December 9th, with 50+ volunteers harvesting over 2500 lbs of citrus fruit from volunteer Citrus Shepherds. A day after the famous Snow Day of 2017, our volunteers were not to be deterred! Thanks to their efforts, and the generosity of over 24 residential Citrus Shepherds who offered their trees, we were able to help provide much needed fresh fruit for families in need this holiday season.  The fruit, packaged and donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, will be distributed through their food pantry network. Food Bank officials report that this fruit provided by Baton Rouge Green’s City Citrus program is often the only fresh fruit they are able to provide their customers during the winter. Thanks to our wonderful partners at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Lamar Advertising and Bofinger’s Tree Service!

Baton Rouge Green Distributes 1,000 Free Trees to Flood Victims in Livingston Parish


The Louisiana Tree Recovery Campaign is a Partnership between Baton Rouge Green, The Arbor Day Foundation, Texas Roadhouse and FedEx

Denham Springs, LA, October 28, 2017 – Baton Rouge Green, in a partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation, Texas Roadhouse, and FedEx,  distributed 1,000 free trees on Saturday, October 28th, to Livingston Parish residents. These new trees, in 3-gallon containers, will help to replace trees damaged and destroyed by the 2016 Flood.

“The 2016 Floods damaged homes, properties, and impacted our environment,” said Robert Seemann, program director of Baton Rouge Green. “With this tree giveaway, Baton Rouge Green hopes to help offset landscape damages and canopy loss in our area.”

The Louisiana Tree Recovery Campaign, an effort of Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery, a national program underwritten by FedEx and foundation members, aims to replace trees in communities affected by natural disasters throughout the United States. The program assisted more than 200 communities in planting or distributing more than 4.6 million trees since its inception in 2012.

Between August 11 and August 14, 2016, more than 20 inches of rain fell in the areas of Denham Springs and Baton Rouge, LA. This deluge led to the flooding of more than 60,000 homes and the loss of 13 lives. This tree distribution was designed to help these affected residents replace trees lost by the flooding.

“Trees are assets to a community when properly planted and maintained,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or shopping district, increase property values by up to 18%, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.”

“At Texas Roadhouse, our community focus extends well beyond the four walls of our restaurants. We are honored to support the Arbor Day Foundation’s tree recovery program”, said Travis Doster, Senior Director of Public Relations at Texas Roadhouse.

“At FedEx, we recognize that our commitment to customers and communities extends beyond the packages we deliver,” said Jenny Robertson, director of Citizenship & Reputation Management at FedEx. “Through our giving platform FedEx Cares, we are proud to support the tree recovery program by helping restore forests while bringing healing and hope to communities hit hard by natural disasters.”

To donate to the recovery efforts supported by this campaign or other across the country please visit  With your help, we can begin to restore this nation’s beautiful landscapes, including the state of Louisiana. Funding for this program has been provided by Texas Roadhouse and FedEx.

About the Arbor Day Foundation:  The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at

Check out the press this great event received:
The Advocate
WAFB (w/ video)
WBRZ (w/video)


Almost PICKIN’ Time! Volunteer at the Pick Event, Dec 9th!

Since 2013 Baton Rouge Green organized the City Citrus Pick Event each winter. At-home “Citrus Shepherds” who have well-established trees that produce more fruit than they can consume volunteer their trees to be harvested.

We mobilize and equip volunteer pickers to collect this fruit, which is then donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The fresh fruit, grown and harvested entirely by volunteers, is then distributed throughout the Food Bank network to families in need. Many of these families rarely receive fresh fruit from food pantries.

The Pick Event has become of our most-loved events…the number of volunteer trees and pickers has nearly doubled each year. In 2016, 80 volunteers helped harvest 6,300 lbs of fruit! 

Saturday, December 9th
8:30am – Noonish
Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank: 10600 South Choctaw
Breakfast to be provided!

Special thanks to Lamar Advertising of Baton Rouge and Bofinger’s Tree Service for their support of the Pick Event!

As always,

Sign Up HERE to Volunteer for the 2017 Pick Event!

Learn more about City Citrus here.

Baton Rouge Green+ Clegg’s Tree Sale, Saturday, Oct 21st at Siegen Lane Location ONLY!

Baton Rouge Green and Clegg’s Nursery have teamed up for a Tree Sale, just in time for tree planting season, on Saturday, October 21st, at Clegg’s Siegen Lane location ONLY, during regular business hours: 8a to 5:30p.

Clegg’s will stock up on the hard-to-find native trees and shrubs that Baton Rouge Green experts encourage citizens to use in their landscapes, such as Sweet Bay Magnolia, PawPaw, Silver Bell and several varieties of fruit trees.

Baton Rouge Green will tag their favorites and Clegg’s will donate 20% of the proceeds of all “Baton Rouge Green Approved” trees back to the organization!

Baton Rouge Green tree and plant experts will also be on hand to answer questions and talk with shoppers.

Thanks to Clegg’s Nursery!






Trees & Shrubs available:


3gal Japanese Maple
4gal Swamp Red Maple
3gal Pawpaw
3gal American Beautyberry
3gal American Hornbeam
3gal Common Buttonbush
5gal Chinese Fringe Tree
6.5gal Native Fringe Tree
3gal Key Lime
3gal Brown Select Satsuma
3gal Owari Satsuma
3gal Meyer Lemon
3gal Ruby Red Grapefruit
3gal Summersweet
3gal Parsley Hawthorne
3gal Mayhaw
3gal Swamp Titi
3gal Common Persimmon
4gal Brown Turkey Fig
4gal Celeste Fig
3gal Sweet Kumquat
3gal Two-Wing Silverbell
15gal Dahoon Holly (male)
3gal Possumhaw Holly
3gal Native Yaupon
3gal Starbush
3gal Virginia Willow
1.3qt Soft Rush
5gal Natchez Crape Myrtle
15gal Teddy Bear Southern Magnolia
7gal Alta Southern Magnolia
3gal Evergreen Sweetbay Magnolia (single trunk)
3gal Southern Waxmyrtle
3gal Black Gum
15gal Black Gum
3gal Sweet Olive
10gal Sweet Olive
3gal Spruce Pine
3gal Swamp Chestnut Oak
5gal Nutall Oak
15gal Nutall Oak
5gal Shummard Oak
15gal Shummard Oak
5gal Live Oak
15gal Live Oak
3gal Native Honeysuckle Azalea
3gal Winged Sumac
5gal Bald Cypress
3gal Pond Cypress
10gal Winged Elm
1gal Climax Blueberry
3gal Climax Blueberry
1gal Premier Blueberry
3gal Premier Blueberry
1gal Tifblue Blueberry
3gal Tifblue Blueberry






Register Your Citrus Tree by September 30 for the 2017 Pick Event!

Register your citrus trees to be harvested and Baton Rouge Green’s City Citrus project will send volunteers to your home on December 9th during the 4th Annual Pick Event to carefully pick your fruit and transport it to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. In 2016 we gathered 6500 lbs for families in need…let’s top that in 2017!

Please register by September 30th!


Learn more about The Pick Event here.


Living Roadways Sponsor Spotlight: Bayou Tree Service

Bayou Tree Service has been a supporter of Baton Rouge Green for many years, but in 2017 came aboard as a Living Roadways sponsor for the first time. You can see their signs at our beautiful site at Airline Highway and I-12.

Here’s a chat with David Benton, arborist and Baton Rouge office leader, about what else, TREES!

David, what’s your favorite tree?

It’s a tough battle between 3 trees. The Swamp Chestnut Oak (Cow Oak), American Beech and the Southern Live Oak. If I had to choose between these 3, I would have to choose the Southern Live Oak!

Why do you support Baton Rouge Green?

I support Baton Rouge Green because I genuinely believe in your mission to educate, interact and inform the community of the importance of Green Infrastructure and the preservation of our unique Urban Forest.  If we are to obtain and preserve a healthy Urban Forest within Baton Rouge, we need Baton Rouge Green to continue informing the public of its importance.

Why should others support Baton Rouge Green?

Others should support Baton Rouge Green because it is an organization comprised of dedicated individuals who truly want to give back and make an impact on the local community.

Favorite thing about Baton Rouge Green’s Living Roadways program?

It gives life to an otherwise dull, panorama lining these roads. Also, I love the species diversity and tree quality chosen for these sites.

How does the mission of Bayou Tree Service lend itself to supporting Baton Rouge Green?

Our company was founded with the mission of developing a symbiotic relationship between the community and its urban forest. Baton Rouge Green aligns with us through their dedication to tree preservation, Urban Reforesting, educating and informing the local community.

Thank you Bayou Tree Service and David Benton! 

Visit Bayou Tree Service at