2018 Upcoming Events at Burden Museum & Gardens

StoryTime in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

February 3, 2018 . 9 a.m.-Noon

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Storybook readings and imagination-themed activities for children ages 3 to 8. Last reading begins at 11:30 a.m. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Registration is not required. The event is free of charge. For more information about this event, click here.

Upcoming Story Times for the year:

  • March 3, 2018
  • April 7, 2018
  • May 5, 2018

Byzantine Icon Workshop

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

February 5-9, 2018

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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 of the Byzantine era. 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 February Icon Workshop is sold out.

Call (225) 763-3990 to reserve your seat in advance due to high demand and limited space. Registration is $350.

Children's Garden Activities

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

February 10, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.



Caring for your feathery friends

Do birds get cold in the winter? What do they eat in winter time? Come learn how to care for our feathery friends.

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.

Camellia Show and Sale

LSU Rural LIfe Museum

February 10, 2018 . 2-4:30 p.m.

February 11, 2018 . 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Camellia-1jpgHeld at the Rural Life Museum, the annual Camellia Sale features award winning camellias grown by the Baton Rouge Camellia Society and the general public. Many of these camellias have been meticulously propagated from our expansive camellia collections. The Camellia Society will be on hand to give camellia planting and management advice.

The event is open to the public for free admission.

Herb Day

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
February 24, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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Herb Day is an educational outdoor and gardening event and sale sposored 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.

Tea Fashion and Fancies

LSU Rural Life Museum

Saturday, February 24, 2018

2-4 p.m.

Repurpose, Recycle and Reimagine Making Old Treasures New Again
Featuring Susan Davis, owner of Grandmother's Buttons, St. Francisville, La.

A special English style tea menu will be served in multiple courses of an assortment of sandwiches and pastries.

This year's theme: "Making Old Treasures New Again into Fashionable Jewelry"

Ms. Davis uses antique buttons that are more than 100 years old and redesigns them into new and beautiful jewelry.

Tickets:

$60 per person for ages 13 and over
$25 per child under age 13

Benefiting both the Friends of the LSU Rural Life and the LSU Textiles and Costume Museums will receive a $5 discount.

Sponsorship levels are available. Tables may be reserved in advance. For more information, contact Molly Sanchez at the LSU Rural Life Museum (225) 765-2437.

25th Annual Ione E. Burden Symposium

LSU Rural Life Museum

Saturday, March 3, 2018

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

"Vernacular Architecture, Building without Architects"

The LSU Rural Life Museum will explore the meaning of vernacular architecture, how did it evolve, and how it does still exists today.

Speakers:

Henry H. Glassie, III is a folklorists and emeritus College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University Bloomington.
Dr. Florian Nepravishta, Professor and Director of the Department of Architecture at Polytechnic University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania.
John Stubbs, Director of Preservation Studies, Christovich Senior Professor of Practice - Preservation Studies Tulane School of Architecture.
Jay Edwards, PhD LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology, retired.

StoryTime in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

March 3. 9 a.m.-Noon.


Storybook readings and imagination-themed activities for children ages 3 to 8. Last reading begins at 11:30 a.m. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Registration is not required. The event is free of charge. For more information about this event, click here.

Brush With Burden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
March 14-22, 2018

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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.

Opening Reception

March 17, 2018 - 4-6 p.m.

Opening Reception 4-6 p.m. and the Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. are open to the public for free admission.

Seminar

March 17, 2018 - 9 a.m.-Noon

Don Taylor will present his seminar "Luminous Underpainting and Watercolor/Ink Journaling" 9 a.m.-Noon. A $25 registration fee is required to attend the seminar, $30 at the door.

Master Gardener Plant Sale

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
March 24, 2018 - 8 a.m. - 2 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.

Visit the Plant Sale website before the sale to browse the selections with images and specifications on the available varieties.

The event is open to the public for free admission.

See the 2017 Flyer


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

An Old Fashioned Easter Celebration

LSU Rural Life Museum

Sunday, March 25, 2018

1- 5 p.m.

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Children will experience springtime excitement and the welcome of the Easter season with wonderful old fashioned activities overseen by the Easter Bunny. Join us for Easter Egg Hunts with plastic eggs filled with confectionery for children ages 2-5 and 6-8. Refreshment will be sold. General admission is $5.00 per person.

Activities will include: Music, Story Telling, Easter Bonnet Decorating, Egg Pacquing, Egg Dying, Egg Races, Petting Zoo, and Old Fashioned Games.

All funds raised will help support the LSU Rural Life Museum's Interpretive Programs. For more information, call 225-765-2437.

StoryTime in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

April 7. 9 a.m.-Noon.

Storybook readings and

imagination-themed activities for children ages 3 to 8. Last reading begins at

11:30 a.m. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge.

Registration is not required. The event is free of charge. For more information about this event, click here.


Zapp's International Beerfest

LSU Rural Life Museum

Saturday, April 14, 2018
3- 6 p.m.

Tickets on Sale Now!

The 14th Annual Zapp's International Beerfest will be held Saturday, April 14th. More than 200 foreign and domestic beers, ales and homebrews will be made available for tasting during this popular annual event benefiting the LSU Rural Life Museum. This fun filled afternoon is for patrons ages 21 years and older. A proper I.D. must be presented upon entering the event.

Ticket prices:
General Admission: $35.00 per ticket
Designated Driver: $20.00 per ticket
2:30 p.m. Early Entry: $100.00 per ticket. Early entry ticket includes Specialty Beers and Food from local area restaurants.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Rural Life Museum gift shop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Proper I.D. must be provided to purchases tickets. Multiple tickets can be purchased. For more information, please call 225-765-2437.

Gourmet in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

April 19, 2018 - 6-9 p.m.

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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.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

An Evening at Windrush

Windrush Gardens

Friday, April 27, 2018

This elegant southern supper will capture the spirit of days gone by at Windrush Plantation. Guests will enjoy cocktails at the Burden home, a seated supper, and then desserts and coffee in the museum's complex. Reservations are required. Registration fee: $150.00

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

Children's Garden Activities

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

April 28, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.



Creepy Crawly Good and Bad

Having Fun with Insects - Millions of insects are invading our garden! But don't panic some are good some are bad. Let's investigate together.

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.


StoryTime in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

May 5.9 a.m.-Noon.

Storybook readings and imagination-themed activities for children ages 3 to 8. Last reading begins at 11:30 a.m. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Registration is not required. The event is free of charge. For more information about this event, click here.

Children's Garden Activities

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

May 19, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.



The World of Butterflies

They flutter they flitter, some even look like glitter. Learn how to attract butterflies to your garden.

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.


Rural Life Apprentice Program

LSU Rural Life Museum

Monday, June 4 - Friday, June 8, 2018. 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Many children from grades 4th through 8th will become 'apprentices' for this week long educational experience. Skilled Louisiana artisans along with the museum's Junior Docents will introduce children to 19th century traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, tintype photography and making blueprints, early textiles processes, to everyday domestic skills and more. Each day, the apprentices will be able to participate, create and bring home what they personally made. By the end of the week, smiles are guaranteed on all the young apprentices as well as our own. The Louisiana artisans and the Rural Life Museum staff are looking forward to another successful Apprentice Program. Register early!

Please contact: Steve Ramke at 225-765-2437 ext. 204 or sramke@lsu.edu.

Byzantine Icon Art Workshop

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

June 11-15


A hands-on workshop for participants to learn the process of iconography with step-by-step instruction. Pre-registration required.Admission charged. For more information, please contact (225) 763-3990.

Garden Fest

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
June 16, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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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 tucks. 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 14-15, 2018

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.

Children's Garden Activities

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

September 8, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.



Plants Need Friends Too

Companion Planting - Plants do not get lonely but they can benefit from friends planted close by! Come learn about plants and their best friends.

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.


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.


Harvest Days

LSU Rural Life Museum

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7. 8 a.m. - 5 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.

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.

Wine & Roses

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 17, 2018 - 6 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 p.m. - 9 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. - 6:30 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


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.

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!

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