Allen D. Owings, Kuehny, Jeff S., Merrill, Thomas A. | 3/27/2008 1:32:13 AM
News Release Distributed 03/20/08
The LSU AgCenter invites you to "An Afternoon of Roses" at its Burden Center in Baton Rouge April 27.
The Sunday afternoon event, hosted by the Burden Horticulture Society, will provide an opportunity for participants to view the rose garden at the Burden Center as well as to learn from experts about caring for roses. It runs from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and is free to the public.
The Burden Center is one of the LSU AgCenter’s research stations and also is home to one of three All-America Rose Selection display gardens in the state.
"The rose garden at Burden contains approximately 1,500 plants representing 150 rose varieties," said LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Allen Owings, who will be one of the speakers for the Afternoon of Roses event. "This particular garden originally was located at the Horticulture Hill Farm teaching facility on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, but it was moved to Burden Center in the early 1980s and now is celebrating its 25th anniversary at Burden this year."
The Burden Center is located adjacent to Interstate 10 at Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. Visitors can enter the facility and travel to the rose garden located across the road from the Ione Burden Conference Center, which houses the main office for the facility.
Activities for the afternoon will include the opportunity to hear Owings, an LSU AgCenter horticulture professor, provide a presentation on general rose care and information on easy-to-grow roses for Louisiana landscapes.
In addition, LSU AgCenter faculty members and rose experts will be on hand to assist visitors in diagnosing their rose problems. Copies of LSU AgCenter rose publications also will be distributed.
"Guided tours of the rose garden will be held, too, but visitors are encouraged to feel free to tour the rose garden on their own," said LSU AgCenter horticulture professor Dr. Jeff Kuehny. "People also are welcome to take pictures."
Light refreshments will be served as part of the event, which is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Burden Horticulture Society with additional support from the Baton Rouge Rose Society.