Conference Center

Rental Information

Facilities Usage

Use of the Ione E. Burden Visitor Information and Conference Center, Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie, The Pavilion, Photography and Outside Events is subject to the approval of the LSU AgCenter. Reservations should not be considered confirmed until a signed form and complete deposit are received. A written confirmation will be returned to the sponsoring group/individual for reservations received in the mail. Major Botanic Gardens events take precedence, and the Botanic Gardens reserves the right to substitute.

Click here to view the reservation Calendar. 

Ione E. Burden Visitor Information and Conference Center was built in memory of Miss Ione and her love for education.  Facility use charges include the use of lobby and/or foyer space, the exposed beam and stained glass conference room (maximum 120-person capacity, tables and chairs provided), parking lot, catering kitchen and outdoor cooking space/areas (see map).

The Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie was designed by A Hays Town.  The Orangerie, Mr. Towns last design and was a tribute to his long-time friend Steele in recognition of his landscape contributions to LSU and the surrounding region.  Facility use charges include the use of the conference/catering room (maximum 15-person capacity, table and chairs for 10 people provided), atrium overlooking the Rose Garden (maximum 95-person capacity), parking lot and outdoor space immediately in front of and behind the building (see map).

The Pavilion is a large open-air structure with exposed beams and a handsome fireplace that overlooks the Burden Woods.  Facility use charges include the use of the covered pavilion (approximately 40' x 60' with approximately 100-person capacity) and the outdoor space immediately in front of and behind the building.

Photography at the Botanic Gardens for media and commercial photographers is $75 per session.  If you have  more than one client on the same day, a session fee is required for each client. You must schedule a time at least one week ahead. You will be given a pass for your appointed time, which should be worn in full view while shooting and returned after the shooting.  The photography/videography guidelines outlined here include all wedding, family, engagement, prom, graduation, holiday, children or similar events and situations. Those who have rented the facility for a function may take photographs during their rental time at no additional fee. Please see policy for Photography Etiquette.

Events held on the Botanic Gardens grounds outside in the Rose Garden, Barton Arboretum or general grounds are $200 per event.  Please see policy for outside events.

See below for the attached Rental Policy and Reservation Form
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