About Us

Who We Are

The Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden 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 the Friends 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.

Our Leaders – Friends of the Gardens Board

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

Mary Tharp, Chair
Leo Broders, Treasurer
Aline Creed, Secretary

Ken Bosso
Janie Braud
Scott Courtright
Elena Fennell
Leigh Harris
John Hough
Dr. Charlie Johnson
Missy Jones
Julie McCarthy
Kathleen Meares
Jim Morrison
Cynthia Nobles
Richard Oliver
Alethea O’Quinn
Randy Roussel
Lorice Say
Peggy Scott
Mary Tauzin
Diana Wells
Kitty Hessburg Wiemer

Friends of the Gardens Mission & Vision

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.​