Our Leaders - Friends of the Gardens Board

Friends of the Gardens Mission & Vision

Who are we?

The Friends of the Gardens will be a strategic partner in fulfilling the goals of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden Master Plan, including developing garden collections that reflect the heritage of south Louisiana and establishing focused gardens; greenhouses; and training and support facilities that will provide a complete horticultural education experience for the general public.  


In concert with the Burden Museum and Gardens Master Plan, the mission of FOG is to enhance and promote the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden and its serene environment for the benefit of the public through educational programs, fundraising, and volunteerism.​

The Friends of the Gardens (FOG) is a non-profit organization of people interested in participating in and supporting LSU AgCenter's Botanic Gardens at Burden, located at 4560 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The purpose of FOG is education, fund raising, and assisting in the promotion and development of the Botanic Gardens.

Our educational programs include Project Learning Tree and monthly lectures; our promotional activities include art and music events, Arbor day, Corn Maze, and Wine and Roses.  The gardens and Trees and Trails are open to the public year round.

Dr. Jeff Kuehny - Ex-Officio Director
Len Kilgore - Liaison to Burden Foundation
Wade Baumgartner - Liaison to LSU AgCenter

Connie Abboud
Leslie Bardwell
Annette Barton
Margaret Blades
Ginnie Bolin

Kitty Bull
Sherry Eubanks

Judy Foil
Mary Jane Howell
Kay Martin

Mitzi Miller
Penny Miller
Frances Monroe
John Monroe

Barbara Quirk

Martha Rome
Cary Saurage

Mary Tauzin, Chair

Mary Tharp, Vice Chair

Leo Broders, Treasurer
Aline Creed, Secretary


Ken Bosso

Janie Braud

Scott Courtright

Elena Fennell

Leigh Harris
​John Hough

Dr. Charles Johnson

Eilleen (Missy) Jones

Julie McCarthy
Kathleen Meares

Jim Morrison
Cynthia Nobles

Richard Oliver

Alethea O'Quinn

Randy Roussel

Lorice Say

Peggy Scott

Diana Wells

Kathryn Hessburg Wiemer