‘Azalea Stroll’ set for March 9 at Windrush Gardens in Baton Rouge

Jeff Kuehny, Cox, Margaret J.  |  2/29/2008 9:00:00 PM

Hundreds of azaleas, like these shown in an earlier file photo, are coming into bloom in the Windrush Gardens at the LSU AgCenter's Burden Center in Baton Rouge. (Photo by John Wozniak)

News Release Distributed 02/29/08

The LSU AgCenter invites you to stroll through the azaleas at Windrush Gardens in its Burden Center in Baton Rouge March 9.

The Sunday afternoon event runs from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and is free to the public.

The hundreds of azaleas coming into bloom are part of a massive garden planted throughout the 20th century by Steele Burden, the youngest of three siblings who were the last Burden descendants to live at Windrush.

The massive Burden Center is the result of donations of land in the middle of Baton Rouge from the Burden descendents, who became well known for their philanthropy. Their intention was for the land to remain a green space for the public to enjoy.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to see Windrush Gardens at their finest with each of Steele Burden’s ‘garden rooms’ blazing with spectacular spring color,” LSU AgCenter horticulture professor Dr. Jeff Kuehny. “The Burden Center is an historical treasure that the LSU AgCenter maintains for the enjoyment of the public and educational opportunities for the ornamental and landscape industry.”

In addition to the Windrush home and gardens, the Burden Center includes horticultural research being conducted by LSU AgCenter scientists, the LSU Rural Life Museum and a variety of other facilities.

The Burden Center is located adjacent to Interstate 10 at Essen Lane. To enjoy the Azalea Stroll, use the center’s entrance on Essen Lane just south of the interstate and proceed to the Rural Life Museum to check in.

The event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Burden Horticulture Society.

“We invite you to stroll through the gardens of Windrush, to lift your spirits and fill your senses,” said LSU AgCenter research association Peggy Cox, who serves as curator of the gardens. “It’s a great time to view the beautiful azaleas and camellias that are bursting into spring bloom.”

For more details, contact Cox at (225) 763-3939 or mcox@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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Contacts:
Jeff Kuehny at (225) 578-1043 or jkeuhny@agcenter.lsu.edu
Peggy Cox at (225) 763-3939 or mcox@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer:
Tom Merrill at (225) 578-5896 or tmerrill@agcenter.lsu.edu



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