Volunteer orientation at Burden Center set for March 28

Jeff Kuehny  |  3/16/2009 8:56:46 PM

News Release Distributed 03/16/09

BATON ROUGE – An orientation program for volunteers at the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center will be offered on Sat., March 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Burden Center is located off of Essen Lane near the intersection of Interstate 10.

“If you love nature, beautiful plants and trees and the outdoors, and if you have some free time you would like to invest in an interesting and educational activity, please attend the orientation,” said LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Jeff Kuehny.

Burden offers several volunteer opportunities: weekly gardening in the All-America Rose Garden and Windrush Gardens; assisting with the monthly Reflections in the Garden lecture series; and assisting with special events, such as Camellia Morning in February, the Azalea Stroll in March, An Afternoon of Roses in April, the Spicing It Up: Ginger Show in August and Wine and Roses in October.

The center also offers opportunities and training for docents (interpretive guides) in the Trees and Trails program and for representatives to speak to garden and civic groups.

“Everyone has heard of Central Park in New York City, which is an 843-acre oasis in a giant concrete landscape, but even Baton Rouge locals might be surprised to know that in the heart of Louisiana’s largest city Burden is a green space more than half the size of Central Park,” Kuehny said.

This tranquil treasure was donated by the Burden Family to the LSU AgCenter and LSU A&M with strict guidelines for land use, he added.

A master plan for Burden is being developed to build on the framework created by the Burden family to create a unifying aesthetic vision and conceptual design for the entire property. The Burden Horticulture Society, established in 2007, is a supporting partner in this work and sponsor of the volunteer orientation.

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Editor: Mark Claesgens

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