Baton Rouge Azalea Tour Set For March 5

Margaret J. Cox  |  2/24/2006 3:05:45 AM

News Release Distributed 02/23/06

Azalea enthusiasts will have an opportunity to take a guided tour of the LSU AgCenter’s azalea collection at the Burden Center in Baton Rouge from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. March 5.

Peggy Cox, a research associate for the LSU AgCenter and curator of Windrush Gardens at Burden Center, said many of the hundreds of azaleas in the collection will be blooming.

"We have a variety of old, established heirloom azaleas that were planted by Steele Burden over the past 30 years," she said. "It’s a great opportunity for people to see what’s there."

Steele Burden, former landscaper for the LSU campus; his sister Ione Burden, former assistant dean of women at LSU; and Jeanette Burden, widow of their brother Pike Burden, donated the property in South Baton Rouge to LSU over a period of years.

Cox said visitors should sign up at the Rural Life Museum, where they will be directed to the azalea gardens for a walking tour.

The Burden Center and Rural Life Museum are located on Essen Lane at I-10 in Baton Rouge. There is no charge for the azalea tour.

The LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center is home to horticultural research projects and Windrush Gardens and its developing plant collections. The AgCenter also operates the Ione Burden Conference Center, the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie and the All-America Rose Display Garden at Burden Center.

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Contact: Peggy Cox at (225) 763-3990 or mcox@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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