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.
Eilleen (Missy) Jones, Chair
Lorice Say, Vice Chair
Martha Rome, Treasurer
Aline Creed, Secretary
Dr. Charles Johnson
Dr. Mike Ruth
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.
Dr. Jeff Kuehny, Ex-Officio Director
Len Kilgore, Liaison to Burden Foundation
Wade Baumgartner, Liaison to LSU AgCenter
Mary Jane Howell
Dr. Doreen Maxcy
Kathryn Hessburg Wiemer