2020 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. 6– ”It’s Just a Tree”
Scott Courtright, Owner/President, Trinity Tree Consultants

Feb. 3– ”Camellias: Queen of the Winter Gardens”
Dr. Trent James, Member, Baton Rouge Camellia Society

Mar. 2– ”Gardens of the Czech Republic”
Dr. Jeff Kuehny, Director, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden

Apr. 6– ”Classy or Casual Container Gardens”
John MacMillan, Store Manager, Louisiana Nursery

May 4– ”Vanishing Backyard Birds:  How You Can Save the Birds”
Gina Periou, Owner, Wild Birds Unlimited

June 1– ”Hurricane Season:  Weather Prepping the Garden”
Dr. Steve Caparotta, Meteorologist,
WAFB Channel 9

July 6– ”The Latest and Greatest Varieties on the Market”
Dr. Allen Owings, Horticulturist
(Click here for recorded version)
Aug. 3– ”Design for Bringing the Outdoors In”
Claire Major, Owner, Artvark, Ltd., Art and Interiors

Sept. 14– ”Utilizing Natives for Successful Landscapes”
Dr. Heather Kirk-Ballard, LSU AgCenter Asst. Professor & Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture (Click here for recorded version.)

Oct. 5– “Tree Maintenance”
Lee Rouse, Horticulturalist and Tree Healthcare
(Click here for recorded version.)

Nov. 2– ”Bromeliads & Carnivorous Plants”
Mark Meese and Dr. Charles Birdsong
(Click here for recorded version)

Dec. 7– ”Native Grasses and The Cajun Prairie”
Brian Early, Botanist, Wildlife Diversity Program, LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries

2021 Reflections in the Garden

January 4, 2021 “Margaret Stones and the Native Flora of Louisiana” Speaker: Randy Harelson

February 1, 2021 “Parterre Gardens” Speaker: Anna Timmerman, Assistant Extension Agent for Jefferson Parish, LSU AgCenter

March 2, 2021 “Briarwood Nature Preserve, the gardens of Caroline Dormon”, Speaker: Richard Johnson, Steward of the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve

April 5, 2021 “The Gardening Legacy of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath” Speaker:  F. Todd Lasseigne, Executive Director, Bellingrath Gardens and Home

May 3, 2021 “Bee Experience with Honey Tasting: Introduction to Beekeeping Pollination for your Garden and the Taste of Honey”, Speaker:  Kevin Langley and a tour of Burden Pollinator Garden following

June 7, 2021 “Enrique Alferez work in New Orleans City Park and the Botanical Garden”, Speaker: Paul Soniat, Director of Botanical Garden at City Park

July 5, 2021 “The Challenges and Rewards to doing Conservation along a Highly Dynamic (Ephemeral) Coast” Speaker: Seth Blitch, Director of Coastal and Marine Conservation, The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana

August 2, 2021 “A Pollinator’s Moon Garden” Speaker: Tammany Baumgarten, Owner of Baumgardens Landscape and Design New Orleans, LA

September 6, 2021 “History and Flora of the Louisiana Arboretum”, Speaker: Kim Hollier, Curator of Louisiana State Arboretum located in Chicot State Park

October 4, 2021 Master Plan for Burden Museum & Gardens: Envisioning the Future, Speaker: Suzanne Turner and Associates and Fall Hayride Tour of Burden Grounds immediately following presentation

November 8, 2021 ”Fantastical Poinsettias”, Speakers:  Elena Fennell co-owner of Clegg’s Nursery and Wanda Ellis, Research Associate LSU AgCenter

December 6, 2021 “Creating Herbal Holiday Gifts”,  Speakers: Cynthia Nobles, Cookbook editor for LSU Press and Melinda Winans, Teacher and a founding member of Baton Rouge Chapter of Herb Society

2020 Events supported by Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Arbor Day at Burden – Jan. 25, 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, a children’s tree climbing activity and more. Free admission.

StoryTime in the Garden– Jan. 18, Feb. 8, March 7, April 4 and May 9, 9 a.m.-noon. 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).

StoryWalk in the Garden – Feb. 8, May 9.  StoryWalk path on the Meadows Trail in Burden Woods. New storybooks are posted quarterly and a special StoryTime program includes the StoryWalk book reading. Free admission.

Byzantine Icon Art Workshops – Feb. 9-14 and August 16-21, 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. 8-9, 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 1-4:30 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. 29, 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 – April 4, 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 23, 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.

National Public Gardens Week – May 8-17.  Join us and hundreds of gardens across the United States for National Public Gardens Week! 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 Week is a program supported by American Public Gardens Association. Free admission.

Volunteer Appreciation Lunch – May 13, 11:30 am.  Windrush Gardens. Lunch and appreciation program honoring volunteers serving in all capacities at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens provided by Friends of the Garden.

Children’s Garden Festival – May 16, 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, owl rehab, snakes and veggie art.  Admission charged.

Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show – July 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and July 12, 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 – October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 2020 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets this year must be purchased in advance for scheduled 2-hour time experiences here!
This year’s theme is “Harvest Some Happiness”. 
The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Corn Maze is a family friendly day of fall fun with numerous farm related activities. Join the crazy mazy fun every Saturday in October. Corn Maze is Baton Rouge’s most aMAZEing event!
Admission is $15 per person and free for children 3 and under. Friends of the Gardens family memberships receive 4 free admissions to 2 separate sessions.
Click here to Join. 

Wine & Roses Reinvented – Sept. 14 – Nov. 23 
Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invite you to Wine and Roses: A Remote Raffle Affair. We have added a special twist to our annual Wine and Roses fundraiser by incorporating a virtual raffle. Click here for tickets
The Friends of the Garden have designed 20 themed baskets. Each basket has 2 wine glasses, a bottle of wine and a bouquet of roses. In addition, each basket will include a variety of items to go with their theme, such as a Birding Basket,  a Louisiana Artists Basket, a Picnic at Burden Basket, and a Wellness Basket just to name a few.

Poinsettia Show and Sale – Nov. 28, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens greenhouse. Choose fresh poinsettias from a wide selection of varieties. Tell us about your favorite variety.  

Green Stick Workshop –
Nov 28, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join Mississippi State University Floral Design Extension Specialist, Dr. Jim Del Prince, for this free, virtual event, as he demonstrates ways to bring the outdoors indoors this holiday season. Learn how to create two holiday arrangements that will welcome your guests and wow them at the dinner table using plant material you can find in your garden. 

Tune in to the live demonstration and take notes to work on your own later, or follow along with supplies you’ve gathered in advance. Register in advance online here! This program is provided by the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners. 

Grand Opening: Birding Loops at Burden  – Dec. 12, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Grab your binoculars and join us bright and early for the grand opening of the Birding Loops at Burden! Pre-registration is required and limited tickets are available. Register here to get your free tickets!
Burden Museum and Gardens will host the grand opening of the Birding Loops at Burden at the Rural Life Museum. The opening includes a guided bird watching along the loops, a dedication ceremony of the trail loops, and a series of short presentations on birds and bird watching.

Masks will be required inside the museum. Wearing a mask and social distancing are both courteous and appreciated. 

For additional information, visit our website: Or contact the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at 225-763-3990.