2021 Reflections in the Garden

Reflections in the Garden is a monthly “lunch and learn” series presented by Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. The lectures are usually held the first Monday of the month at noon at the Botanic Gardens. Admission is $10 per person (free for Friends members).
Everyone is welcome! 

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

2021 Events supported by Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Arbor Day at Burden
January 23, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Be an arborist for a day! Enjoy a scavenger hunt and more! Your family can learn about native trees, plant a tree and watch your tree grow for generations using your tree’s GPS coordinates in the Burden Woods. All trees planted help to reforest our native trees lost during Hurricane Gustav. We will also have native trees for sale at Arbor Day for $15.

Green Stick Workshop 
February 20, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Ficus, ferns, philodendrons, oh my! Do you seem to kill every houseplant you buy?
Sign up for our FREE workshop today! 
Join houseplant guru, Tyler Carr, as he shares best practices for common houseplant care in 2021’s first virtual Green Stick Workshop: Houseplants 101. Your plants will thank you for it! In this 2-hour workshop, you can expect to learn about selecting houseplants, placing them, fulfilling their needs, treating common problems, and all of their amazing benefits.

Camellia Sale
February 20th, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
The annual BR Camellia Sale, featuring many of the camellias meticulously propagated from our expansive camellia collections, will be held Jan. 23 and Feb 20.
The Baton Rouge Camellia Society will be on hand to give camellia planting and management advice.
The annual Baton Rouge Camellia Society show has been cancelled.

Byzantine Icon Workshop 
February 22 – 26, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Sold out)
Experience the unique peace of the Byzantine era through Icon painting. The Byzantine Icon Workshop is a thoughtful and meditative 5 day retreat of traditional painting techniques that dates back 2000 years. If you have a desire for a peaceful, contemplative setting join the Iconographers and create an individual piece of meaningful art. No previous artistic skill or experience is required!
All proceed benefit the Friends of the Gardens to further the implementation of the Botanic Gardens Master Plan.

Herb Day
February 27, 2021 | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to start an herb garden? Come out and take part in our herb sale! Herb Day is an educational outdoor gardening event and sale sponsored by the American Herb Society Baton Rouge Unit.
Click here for tickets. The $10 cost will be a credited towards any purchase you make.

Master Gardener Plant Sale
March 27, 2021 | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Shop from over 5,000 homegrown perennials and annuals specifically selected by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners for success in your garden! The EBR Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale raises money to support the educational activities of the Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens.
Visit the Plant Sale website before the sale to browse the selections with images and specifications on the available varieties.
The event is free and open to the public.
See the 2020 Master Gardener Plant Sale Flyer!

The Plant Sale website lets you browse our selections in advance of the sale with images and specifications on the available varieties.

Gourmet in the GardenCANCELLED
April 15, 2021
Stroll through the gardens and savor the best local flavors from Baton Rouge chefs and creative mixologists! This extraordinary evening challenges local restaurants and bars to compete for the People’s Choice Awards. Guests will enjoy creations from local restaurants prepared with locally grown products. Gourmet in the Garden is held in the lush green setting of the Rose Garden and Orangerie Garden.
All proceeds from this event support the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation. 

National Public Gardens Week
May 11-16, 2020 | Online recap! 
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens is proud to join American Public Gardens Association and 500+ gardens nationwide in celebrating National Public Gardens Week. This annual, weeklong event will be committed to emphasizing the import role public gardens across the country play in promoting education and exposure to our environment as well as our gardens. Each day of the week will have a themed agenda with an informational video.
Wine and Roses 
TBA 2021
Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invite you to our most elegant event of the year! Wine and Roses is an annual fundraiser for the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. We look forward to bringing you a unique and beautiful event this year! Check back for more updates!

Corn Maze 
October 2021 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
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  for 2 Corn Maze Sessions. To get your member tickets, please email for more information.

Poinsettia Sale 
November 27, 2021 | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
It’s not Christmas in Louisiana without our Burden poinsettias! Over 50 varieties of poinsettia will be on display and available for sale at the Botanic Gardens greenhouse on Saturday, November 27, 2020, from 8 AM to 2 PM. The botanic gardens evaluates poinsettia varieties developed by breeders worldwide and they will be exclusively sold at the annual show and sale. A limited number of each variety are available so arrive on time so that you don’t miss out on these rare varieties of poinsettias!

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