2019 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​

Additional 2018 Events

Arbor Day at Burden – Jan. 20, 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. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Free admission (except when it is held during Arbor Day, Jan. 20).

Byzantine Icon Art Workshops – Feb. 5-9
(St. Ann-SOLD OUT) and June 11- June 15 (Prophet Elijah). A hands-on workshop for participants to learn the process of iconography with step-by-step instruction. Pre-registration required.  Admission charged.

Camellia Show and Sale – Feb. 10-11, 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. 24, 8:30 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.

Brush With Burden Seminar – March 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Ione Burden Conference Center. “Luminous Underpainting and Watercolor/Ink Journaling,” presented by Don Taylor. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Brush With Burden Art Exhibition and Reception – Exhibition: March 14-22, daily: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday: 1-4 p.m. Ione Burden Conference Center and Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie.  Reception: March 17, 4-6 p.m., Ione Burden Conference Center and Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie. The public is invited to view works inspired by Southern sights and to participate in an opening reception in this national juried exhibition of local and regional artists’ works. Art sales benefit the Friends. Free admission.


Crawfish in the Garden – April 8, 3-6 p.m. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Enjoy live music, delicious hot crawfish with, corn, potatoes and cold drink from Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Additional drinks and adult beverages available for purchases.  Eat in or take out. $30 tickets.

East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Plant Sale – March 24, 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 www.EBRMG.com for more details.

 Gourmet in the Garden – April 19, 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.

Garden Fest at Burden – June 16, 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 14, 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. 6, 13, 20 and 27,
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. 

Wine & Roses – Oct. 17, 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. 27, 6-9 p.m. Come in costume and kick off your Halloween celebration. Enjoy s’mores, live music and glow-in-the-dark games. Admission charged. Children 3 and younger get in free.

Poinsettia Show and Sale – Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-noon. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens greenhouse. Choose fresh poinsettias from  a wide selection of varieties. Tell us about your favorite variety.