Laurens Henry Cohn Sr. Memorial Plant Arboretum
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily
Admission: Free and open to the public.
History of the Cohn Arboretum
In celebration of his daughter Maggie's marriage to Laurens Henry Cohn in 1923, Alphonse deBretton gave his daughter and son-in-law a 16-acre tract in the pleasant countryside north of Baton Rouge. The newlyweds built a small house for $748 and transformed the remaining land into an enthralling sanctuary with more than 100 plant species. In 1964, the Cohn family donated this land to BREC. In 1980, BREC opened the Laurens Henry Cohn Sr. Memorial Plant Arboretum to the public.
About Laurens Henry Cohn Sr. Memorial Plant Arboretum
This beautifully landscaped, heavily wooded land is used for the preservation and study of native plants and flora from other areas. BREC's Cohn Arboretum features more than 300 species of native and adaptable trees and shrubs, including several Japanese maples, a Tropical Conservation House, a camellia collection, evergreen collections, a crape myrtle collection and an herb and vegetable garden.
A newly planted fruit orchard includes: apples, plums, persimmons, figs, jujubes, mayhaws, pears, citrus, pomegranates, mulberries and native blueberries. Additionally, the arboretum features a butterfly garden as well as a large bamboo collection.
The arboretum is one of the area's leading horticultural attractions and is the perfect place to relax and unwind. With a growing segment of the population interested in nature-related outdoor ventures, the importance of wilderness trails is increasing.Special displays include evergreens, hollies, spring flowering trees and bulbs, camellias, azaleas, roses, magnolias, irises, annuals and year-round displays of tropicals and ferns.
Services include pamphlets, paved walkways, self-guided tours and guided tours. One 0.8 mile paved trail circles the lake and another skirts a wooded area. Both are accessible by wheelchair. If you would like a guided tour, you must pre-register by calling 225-775-1006. Guided tours and presentations are available by request only and are limited to groups with a maximum of 14 people.
No pets are allowed.