2018 Upcoming Events at Burden Museum & Gardens

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 bontempstix.com.

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.

National Public Gardens Day

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

May 11 . 9 a.m.-Noon

Join us and hundreds of gardens across the country for National Public Gardens Day! The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens will showcase the new Pollinator Garden. Pollination and the importance to our environment will be highlighted in activities for all ages. 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 for the first 100 visitors. National Public Gardens Day is a program supported by American Public Gardens Association.


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.

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.

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!

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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