Additional 2019 Events

Arbor Day at Burden – Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Burden Woods. Plant a family tree and watch it grow through the years. Visit Smokey Bear, enjoy StoryTime, a scavenger hunt, children’s tree climbing activity and more. Free admission.

StoryTime in the Garden – Jan. 20, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7 and May 5, 9 a.m.-noon. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie. Storybook readings and imagination-themed activities for children ages 3 to 8. Last reading begins at 11:30 a.m. Free admission (except when it is held during Corn Maze).

Byzantine Icon Art Workshops – Feb. 11-15 and July 22-26, Ione Burden Conference Center. A hands-on art workshop for participants to learn the process of iconography with step-by-step instruction. Pre-registration required. Admission charged.

Camellia Show and Sale – Feb. 9-10, LSU Rural Life Museum. Entry and judging Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The annual show is free and open to the public for viewing from 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Camellias grown by the Baton Rouge Camellia Society will be available for purchase.

Herb Day – Feb. 23, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Learn about herbs at the many herb classes that begin every hour and purchase aromatic and healing herbs while the kids enjoy the herb “petting zoo.” and other activities. The event is presented by the Baton Rouge Unit of the Herb Society of America.

East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Plant Sale – March 23, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Choose from a variety of flowers, herbs, trees, shrubs and other plants selected by Master Gardeners for success in Louisiana gardens. Visit for more details.

Gourmet in the Garden – April 11, 6-9 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Stroll through the gardens and savor the best flavors of Baton Rouge from local chefs and mixologists. Proceeds from the event support educational programs at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation. Admission charged.

Children’s Garden Festival – May 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Children’s Garden and Pollinator Garden. A morning full of children’s gardening activities presented by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners with learning and craft stations on bees and butterflies, bird feeders, composting, healthy snacks, herb petting zoo, Mother’s Day station, owl rehab, snakes, and veggie art. Admission charged.

​StoryWalk in the Garden - May 11, 10-11:30 AM
Join us in celebration of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens’ newest addition, StoryWalk in the Garden. StoryWalk is an innovative, interactive feature that promotes reading and physical activity for children and their families. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy nature and read the pages of a children’s book posted along the path. StoryWalk will highlight a new children’s book three to four times a year. The event is free. 

National Public Gardens Week – May 13- 17. Join us and hundreds of gardens across the United States for National Public Gardens Day! Activities for all ages will be themed around pollination and its importance to our environment. Educational sessions will take place in the Ione E. Burden Conference Center. Local organizations will provide information on pollinators and pollinator plants. National Public Gardens Day is a program supported by American Public Gardens Association.

Garden Fest at Burden – June 15, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Celebrate locally grown and produced foods and beverages, enjoy fresh omelets and sample Bloody Marys. Tours of trial gardens and food samples from the fields will be featured, along with fun family activities, like Touch a Tractor, hayrides and a water slide. Admission charged. Children 3 and younger get in free.

Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show – July 13,
9 a.m.-5 p.m. and July 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ione Burden Conference Center. Orchid lovers will delight in the beautiful display and sale of orchids presented by regional growers and collectors. Orchid Society members will offer advice on growing, maintenance and potting to showcase orchids. Free admission.

Corn Maze at Burden – Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26,
10 a.m.-5 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens (corn field near the LSU Rural Life Museum). Take a walk through the Corn Maze, climb the hay mountain, pet the farm animals or join us on the hayride. Decorate a pumpkin to take home and try your hand at the giant slingshots or the kids’ zip line. Concessions available. Admission charged. Children 3 and younger get in free. Discount for Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens family membership.

Wine & Roses – Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m. Experience the sweet scent of roses in bloom, crisp fall air, fine wine and gourmet cuisine as you dine under the stars. Admission charged. Discount for Friends members.

Night Maze – Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m. Come in costume and kick off your Halloween celebration. Enjoy s’mores, music and games. Admission charged. Children 3 and younger get in free.

Poinsettia Show and Sale – Dec. 7, 8 a.m.-noon. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens greenhouse. Choose fresh poinsettias from a wide selection of varieties. Tell us about your favorite variety. 

2019 Reflections in the Garden Monthly Educational Series

Noon-1 p.m. Ione Burden Conference Center
Admission is $10 per person (free for Friends members).  Everyone is welcome!  Bring a lunch if you like; drinks provided

Jan. 7- “Thirty Years of Growth:  The Impact of Baton Rouge Green”
Sage Foley, Executive Director, Baton Rouge Green

Feb. 4- “Color in the Garden””
Cynthia Cash, Landscape Architect

Mar. 4- “Intense Vegetable Gardening”
Hillar Moore, EBR District Attorney
Dr. Kiki Fontenot, Assistant Professor, LSU AgCenter

Apr. 1- “The New World of Succulents”
Rozlan Franceri, Owner, Baton Rouge Succulent Company

May 6- “Friendship Through Flowers: East Meets West”
Terri Lamb, President, Ikebana International Baton Rouge Chapter

June 3- “The Wide World of Wild and Wonderful Wildflowers”
Dr. Charles Allen, Professor, University of LA Monroe (retired), Research Associate, Colorado State University (retired)

July 1- “Gardening for Butterflies and Other Pollinators and Making a Difference as a Citizen Scientist”
Ken Bosso, Master Naturalist
Sarah Rayner, Youth Education Coordinator, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden

Aug. 5- “Gingers:  Foliage, Fragrance and Flowers”
Tim Chapman, Owner, Gingerwood Nursery

Sept. 9- “Meditation and Wellness Gardens”
Wanda Chase, Landscape Architect, Imahara’s

Oct. 7- “Creative Cooking Demonstrations”
Louisiana Culinary Institute Instructors and Students

Nov. 4- “Winter Hummingbirds”
Jane Patterson, President, Baton Rouge Audubon Society

Dec. 2- “Place, Memory, and Garden-making at Le Petit Versailles and Rowan Oak”
Kevin Risk, Associate Professor, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, LSU​