2018 Upcoming Events at Burden Museum & Gardens

Children's Garden Activities

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 6, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Berry-rific Plants

All kinds of plants produce berries. Which are edible which are not? Let's garden and decorate with berries!

This program is held for ages 6-12 years old. All children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the event. Register in advance to Angie Wall at angwall@cox.net. A $15 fee is required for each child. Participants will receive a snack and a take home craft. Attendance is limited to 30.


Corn Maze

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 - 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 with hayrides, zip lining, face painting, Bayou Goula’s Petting Zoo, pumpkin decorating and more! Corn Maze has thousands of visitors each year and is Baton Rouge’s most aMAZEing event!

Enjoy hamburgers, food from local vendors, and corn inspired snacks like corndogs and popcorn.

Admission is $10 per person and free for children 3 and under.

Harvest Days

LSU Rural Life Museum

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7 2018 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Living history demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms and plantations during harvest time in the 1800's. Artisans will demonstrate skills related to the harvesting, hunting, fieldwork, and other 19th century duties. Activities will include cooking, soap making, boat building and wagon rides. Regular admission prices charged.

StoryTime in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 6, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Children ages 3 to 8 can enjoy storybook readings and imagination-themed activities every half hour. The last reading begins at 11:30. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Corn Maze admission of $10 per person is required; children 3 and under are admitted free.

Wine & Roses

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 17, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.

Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invite you to dine among the roses for the most beautiful al fresco event of the year! Join us for an evening of delicious food and live music played by the John Gray Jazz Trio.

Guests are asked to wear cocktail attire. Tickets are $125 for nonmembers and $100 for members. Seating is limited and tickets sell out every year so please reserve your seat in advance. Call (225) 763-3990 ext. 6 for tickets and more information.


Night Maze and Bonfire

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 27, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wear your costume and kick off your Halloween celebrations at Night Maze! You won’t find anything spooky or ooky, just more mazy fun with a bonfire, smore’s, live music, and glow in the dark games.

Admission is $10 per person and free for children 3 and under.

Haints Haunts and Halloween: A Rural Life Fall Fair

LSU Rural Life Museum

Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wear your costumes!

Remember the sights, sounds and activities of an old fashioned country fair. Activities include: storytelling, face painting, wagon rides, and historic games. Refreshments available for sale: popcorn balls, ginger cookies, etc. This event concludes with a safe and scenic venue for trick-or-treating with old fashioned treats.

Admission: $5.00 per person. Recommended for children ages 2-9 years. Children under 2 admitted free.

Red Rooster Bash

LSU Rural Life Museum

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


LSU Rural Life Museum will host a silent and live auction with numerous action items, lively music and a delicious barbecue fare. Red roosters will be immersed throughout the decor. Guests will also enjoy a cocktail hour, featuring the famous "Red Rooster" frozen drink.

Proceeds help support the Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum. Tickets are $65 per person, $120.00 per couple or $600.00 total for groups of 8 people registering together.

For more information, please contact Molly Sanchez at (225) 765-2437.

StoryTime in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

November 10, 2018 - 9 a.m. - Noon

Children ages 3 to 8 can enjoy storybook readings and imagination-themed activities every half hour. The last reading begins at 11:30. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Registration is not required, and admission is free.

StoryTime in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

December 1, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Children ages 3 to 8 can enjoy storybook readings and imagination-themed activities every half hour. The last reading begins at 11:30. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Registration is not required, and admission is free.

Poinsettia Sale

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

December 1, 2018 - 8 a.m. - Noon

It’s not Christmas in South Louisiana without coming to the poinsettia display and sale at the Botanic Gardens. Join us for our annual, one day only Poinsettia Show and Sale! The Botanic Gardens is one of the nationwide trial locations for new and classic poinsettia varieties. We rely on our customers to take part in the evaluation process to help poinsettia breeders to decide which poinsettias hit the shelves next Christmas season!

The event is open to the public for free admission.

A Rural Life Christmas

LSU Rural Life Museum

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Ring in the Holiday season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration at the LSU Rural Life Museum. Decorations with natural trimmings representative of special times of long ago will be displayed throughout the museum's grounds. Seasonal activities such a musical groups, demonstrating artisans, open-hearth cooking, storytellers, and costumed re-enactors will present during this event.

Admission: $10.00 per person. Children 10 years and younger are admitted for free.

This event will conclude with a bonfire and a visit from Papa Noel!

Arbor day

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

January 19, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Be an arborist for a day by scaling a Louisiana live oak, meet Smokey the Bear, enjoy a scavenger hunt and more! Your family will learn about native trees. You can plant a tree and watch it grow for generations with GPS coordinates in the Burden Woods. All trees planted help to reforest our native trees lost during Hurricane Gustav.

Concessions are available. The event is open to the public for free admission.

Camellia Show & Sale

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

February 9-10, 2019

The public is welcome to enter blooms into the Baton Rouge show at the LSU Rural Life Museum. The annual Camellia Sale features award winning camellias grown by the Baton Rouge Camellia Society and the general public. Entry and Judging takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Many of these camellias have been meticulously propagated from our expansive camellia collections. The show is free and open to the public for viewing from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Baton Rouge Camellia Society will be on hand to give camellia planting and management advice.

Byzantine Icon Workshop

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

February 11, 2019 9:00 a.m. - February 15, 2019 4:00 p.m.

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!


The cost of the workshop is $350 and includes all materials and lunch for 5 days. Materials provided are a specially prepared board, gold leaf, all paints, brushes, and other materials. Participant who have a 13-watt desk Ott Light may bring it for their personal use during the workshop. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Gardens to further the implementation of the Botanic Gardens Master Plan. Please return this form with the full payment of $350, or a $175 non-refundable deposit, the remaining $175 is due on or before.

Email dianawells1548@gmail.com to reserve your seat in advance due to high demand and limited space.

Herb Day

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

February 23, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Herb Day is an educational outdoor and gardening event and sale sponsored by the American Herb Society Baton Rouge Unit. There will be an Herb “Petting Zoo” and other children’s activities to make this event fun for all ages. Herb classes will start at 9:30 a.m. and continue every hour.

The event is open to the public for free admission.

Master Gardener Plant Sale

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

March 23, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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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.

The event is open to the public. Free admission.

Brush with Burden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

March 2019

Brush with Burden is a collaborative, multimedia art and photography exhibition that showcases works inspired by Southern Sights. Artist submissions will be accepted until January 20th. The exhibit is free and open to the public in the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie and Ione Burden Conference Center. Art will be available to purchase throughout the exhibition.

Gourmet in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

April 11, 2019

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Stroll through the gardens and savor the best local flavors from Baton Rouge chefs and creative mixologists! This extraordinary evening challenges local restaurants to compete for the People’s Choice and Juried 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 go towards education programs at the Botanic Gardens and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation.

National Public Gardens Day featuring the Pollinator Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

May 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Join us and hundreds of gardens across the United States for National Public Gardens Day! This year the Botanic Gardens will showcase the new Pollinator Garden. 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. City Gelato will be selling a customized gelato made from Burden honey. The event is free and open to the public with a free pollinator plant to take home. National Public Gardens Day is a program supported by American Public Gardens Association.

Garden Fest

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

June 15, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Garden Fest is a family-friendly festival in the middle of Baton Rouge that promotes locally grown foods. Your family will enjoy fresh morning omelets by the Louisiana Egg Commission, famous Bloody Mary samples by Mason's Grill and local food trucks. Activities for kids include water slides, "Touch-a-Tractor" and hayrides! Don’t miss our education sessions to learn more about gardening, nature and environmental programs in the Conference Center to educate people of all ages. There will be vegetable trials and tastings, “Ask the Expert” plant and gardening tent, and a chance to meet amazing local plant and gardening clubs in Baton Rouge.

Admission is $5 per person and free for children ages 3 and under. Bring your swimsuits and prepare for a fun Saturday at the Botanic Gardens!

Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

July 13, 2019

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For all of you orchid lovers, orchids are on display and for sale in the Ione Burden Conference Center from vendors across the Gulf Coast! Regional orchid growers and collectors create works of art with the orchids on display. Orchid supplies will also be sold. Orchid Society members will be available to offer orchid growing and maintenance advice and potting demonstrations to showcase your beautiful orchids.

The event is open to the public for free admission.

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