Jeff Kuehny, Merrill, Thomas A. | 3/4/2009 1:51:41 AM
News Release Distributed 03/03/09
The LSU AgCenter invites you to its annual “Azalea Stroll” at the historic Windrush Gardens in its Burden Center in Baton Rouge March 15.
Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Burden Horticulture Society, the Sunday afternoon event runs from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free to patrons of the Burden Horticulture Society or $5 per person for others.
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.
“Although Hurricane Gustav inflicted major damage to the historic Windrush Gardens and the Burden Woods, the azaleas and camellias are bringing a bright hope of renewal to the gardens,” said LSU AgCenter horticulture professor Dr. Jeff Kuehny. “A root ball approximately 15 feet in height of a large red oak that was blown over in Windrush Gardens stands as a testament to the damage of this storm.
Kuehny said Windrush curator Peggy Cox, a crew of arborists headed by Glen Wilson and a variety of volunteers have worked to restore much of the gardens to their former grandeur.
“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,” he said, adding, “The Burden Center is a 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 conducted by LSU AgCenter scientists, an All-America Rose Selection Garden, the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie and Gardens, the LSU Rural Life Museum and a variety of other facilities.
The Burden Center is located adjacent to Interstate 10 at Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. To enjoy the Azalea Stroll, use the center’s entrance on Essen Lane just south of I-10 and proceed to the Rural Life Museum to check in.
“We invite you to stroll through the gardens of Windrush, to lift your spirits and fill your senses,” Cox said. “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 firstname.lastname@example.org.