Photo by Nathanael Gassett
At Nest, John Grady Burns creates "living compositions" with flowering plants.
Sage Foley, executive director of Baton Rouge Green, might be biased, but we think she’s right: “Planting a tree in honor of a loved one or a relationship might be one of the most appropriate and under-appreciated acts of love I can imagine. A well-selected and -placed tree can literally live on for the ages as a representation of that love. As luck would have it, February is prime planting season in Louisiana!” Foley recommends the long-lived Live Oak or Louisiana’s state tree, the Bald Cypress.
But if you can’t give up the floral part of Valentine’s Day, then opt for a flowering plant. John Grady Burns at Natchez’ Nest offers what he calls “living compositions,” arrangements of hydrangeas, orchids, ivies, and ferns providing a showy display that can be planted later.
Another green option: sculpt a miniature tree with your loved one at a Bonsai Workshop offered through LSU’s leisure program. Three classes—held January 28, February 11, and February 25—will teach how to nurture a bonsai … and maybe, by extension, your relationship. outreach.lsu.edu.