Burden Centers Annual Garden Festival

Robert J. Souvestre  |  6/3/2011 4:01:10 AM

The LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center will hold its annual Garden Festival, with hayrides to the demonstration plots, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at noon on Saturday, June 18, 2011.

The event will feature varieties of tomatoes, watermelon, peppers and sweet corn, according to Jeff Kuehny, resident director. All-American Selections of vegetables and ornamental annuals, perennials and roses will also be featured.

This is a great opportunity for consumers, home gardeners, chefs, and growers of vegetables, fruits and ornamentals to learn about recommended horticultural crops. Dr. Kathryn Fontenot will host the vegetable tour, Dr. Charlie Johnson will host the fruit tour and Dr. Allen Owings will host the All-American Selections tour. Participants will not only get to learn the latest information on numerous horticultural crops, they will also be invited to taste, smell and rate their favorite choices.

The Garden Festival has expanded this year to include many of the local horticulture organizations including the Burden Horticulture Society, Rose Society, Herb Society and Camellia Society. Local landscape and horticulture industries, East Baton Rouge Parish Extension and a plant health clinic will also have informational booths to visit.

Whether you just love to enjoy strolling through gardens, growing your own garden or producing for the local markets, this is a one-stop festival for all. The Burden Center is located at 4560 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. For information call 225-763-3990 or visit the Burden Center website.
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