Additional 2017 Events

Arbor Day at Burden - Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Burden Woods. Help reforest the woods by planting a tree.  Then, visit with Smokey Bear, enjoy Story time, a scavenger hunt and more. Admission charged.  Children 3 and under get in free.   

StoryTime – Monthly, in spring  9-11 a.m.  Jan. 16, Feb. 11, March 4, & April 1.  LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens (Orangerie). Storybook readings and imagination-themed activities for children ages 3 to 8. Last reading begins at 10:30 a.m. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge.  Free admission.

Brush With Burden Seminar – March 11, 9 a.m.-noon, “100 years of Painting in My Family Lineage” from the book, “Chatov,” presented by Marc Chatov. Ione Burden Conference Center. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  

Brush With Burden Reception and Exhibition – Reception: March 11, 4-6 p.m., Ione Burden Conference Center and Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie.  The public is invited to view works inspired by Southern sights, as well as to participate in an opening reception, in this national juried exhibition of local and regional artists’ works.  Art sales benefit the Friends of the Gardens.  Exhibition: March 12-19, 1-4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Ione Burden Conference Center and Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie.  Free admission.

East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Plant Sale – March 25, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Choose from a variety of flowers, herbs, trees, shrubs and other plants.

Gourmet in the Garden – April 20, 6-9 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, held in conjunction with the Louisiana Culinary Institute. Join us for what’ trending in innovative dining, and also for music and dancing among the blooms and under the stars. Admission charged, see lsu.edu/botanic–gardens.

 Icon Workshop—June 26-30 Ione Burden conference Center   Participants will be instructed in the art form of iconography and will each produce a Byzantine icon of Mother of Tenderness.  Admission is $350 and includes the cost of all materials, limited enrollment of 20 per workshop. 

Garden Fest at Burden – June 17, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. The fest focuses on locally grown and locally produced foods and beverages, with tastes from LSU food incubators.  Tours of trial gardens and food samples from the fields will be featured, along with fun, family activities. Admission charged. Children 3 and younger get in free. 

Corn Maze Festival – Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens (in the 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. Paint a pumpkin or gourd to take home, and try your hand at the giant slingshots or the kids’ zipline.  Concessions available. Admission charged. Children 3 and under get in free.  

Corn Maze Saturdays – Oct. 14 & 21, 10 a.m,-5 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens (in the corn field near the LSU Rural Life Museum).  Take a walk through the Corn Maze, climb hay mountain, try the giant slingshot or the kids’ zip line, or join us on the hayride. Paint a pumpkin and pet the farm animals.  Concessions available.  Admission charged. Children 3 and under get in free. 

Wine and Roses – Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m. Experience the sweet scent of  roses  in bloom, the pleasant air of fall, fine wine and gourmet cuisine.  This annual gala celebrates volunteers, donors and sponsors of the Friends of the Gardens and the Botanic Gardens.   Admission charged with a discount for the Friends of the Gardens members reserving by Oct. 1. 

Night Maze – Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Come in costume and enjoy the extended hours with a bonfire, s’mores and music after dark. 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 and take a peek at our poinsettia Christmas tree in the lobby of the Ione Burden Conference Center.  Tell us about your favorite variety. 

​2018 Reflections in the Garden Lectures
   1st Monday each Month, Noon-1 M
    $10 (Free for members)

Monthly talks about gardening topics, pertinent to the season.  Bring your lunch; drinks provided.
Ione Burden Conference Center


Jan. 8
"Hilltop Mantra: Replant, Restore, and MORE!"
Chris Werner, Janet Forbes, Bob Dillemuth, Paul Orr,  Hilltop Volunteers

Feb. 12
"Beyond Boxwoods: Conformity Is for Cowards"
Bill Rountree
Rountree Designs

Mar. 5
"All About African Violets and the 2018 Annual Show"
Laura Moser
Sundowner’s African Violet Society of Baton Rouge

Apr. 2
"Design Goes Natural: Elements from the Garden"
Mary Johnston
Floral Designer and Owner, Merry Florals

May 7
"83 Years of Gardening: the Glory & the Grime"
Dr. Neil Odenwald
Professor Emeritus, LSU School of Landscape Architecture

June 4
"A Summer Sampler: Tomatoes & Peppers"
Lee Rouse
Parish Agent, EBR Parish, LSU Ag Center

July 2
"Mules & Tobacco: Hybrid Vigor & Genetic Strategies"
Cindy Moran
Garden Designer and former Owner, Moran’s Nursery

Aug. 6
"Ornamental Edibles for Fall"
Johnny Naylor
Clegg’s Nursery

Sept. 10
"Stunning, Show-stopping Tropicals"
Tyler Carr
Landscape Manager, LSU Ag Center, Burden Botanic Gardens

Oct. 1
"The Courtyards and Gardens of A. Hays Town"
Leslie Gladney and Blanche Town Gladney

Nov. 5
"Decorating for the Holidays"
John Grady Burns
Floral Designer and Author; Owner, Nest (Natchez, MS)

Dec. 3
"A Ghost of Christmas Past:  The Great Epidemic of 1918 in Baton Rouge"
John Sykes
Manager, Magnolia Mound Plantation