Jeff Kuehny, Merrill, Thomas A., Owings, Allen D. | 3/26/2009 8:24:16 PM
News Release Distributed 03/26/09
The LSU AgCenter invites you to learn more about roses, and it’s offering an event in April that’s designed to help.
"An Afternoon of Roses" will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. April 19 at the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center in Baton Rouge. 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. Participation in the event 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.”
The rose garden marked its 25th anniversary at the Burden Center last year, and some of its surroundings were remodeled in recent years to make it more accessible and friendly to public tours.
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.
Among the afternoon activities, Owings will discuss general rose care and provide information on easy-to-grow roses for Louisiana landscapes.
In addition, LSU AgCenter faculty members and rose experts from the Baton Rouge Rose Society 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.