Burden Museum and Gardens offers winter activities

Richard Bogren  |  11/10/2017 2:37:33 PM

(11/09/17) As fall turns to winter, Burden Museum & Gardens offers many activities for the holidays and beyond.

Special holiday and winter dates to remember

On Friday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon, the public can attend the Poinsettia Show and Sale to view some of the latest varieties of poinsettias and vote on their favorites. The Botanic Gardens is one of the nationwide trial locations for new and classic poinsettia varieties. More than 1,000 poinsettias will be on display and for sale with proceeds benefiting the research at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, children ages 3 to 8 can enjoy StoryTime in the Garden from 9 a.m. to noon at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. The morning will feature storybook readings and imagination-themed activities beginning every half hour. The last reading begins at 11:30 a.m. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Admission is free.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, from 12:30 to 6 p.m., visitors can ring in the Christmas season at A Rural Life Christmas, a 19th century Louisiana celebration at the LSU Rural Life Museum. Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers and costumed reenactors will be present to set the holiday mood. The event will conclude with a bonfire and a visit from Papa Noel. Admission is $10 per person with children 10 years old and younger admitted at no charge.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, Arbor Day will be celebrated at Burden. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens will offer visitors the opportunity to plant a tree and get a GPS location so they can return to see their trees grow. Other activities will include a scavenger hunt, StoryTime, children’s harnessed tree climbing, timber sports demonstrations and more. Admission is free, and concessions will be available for purchase.

On Saturday, Feb. 3, children ages 3 to 8 can enjoy StoryTime in the Garden from 9 a.m. to noon in the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. The morning will feature storybook readings and imagination-themed activities beginning every half hour. The last reading begins at 10:30. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Admission is free.

On February 10 and 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Baton Rouge Camellia Society will conduct their annual Camellia Show at the LSU Rural Life Museum. It features a juried camellia show with many plants for sale from the expansive camellia collection in the Botanic Gardens. The show is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m., the LSU Rural Life Museum will present Tea, Fashion and Fancies featuring a special English-style tea menu with multiple courses of assorted sandwiches and pastries. Sponsored by the Rural Life Museum and the LSU Costume and Textile Museum, tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children 12 years old and under. Friends of either museum will receive a $5 discount.

About Burden Museum & Gardens

Located at 4560 Essen Lane, just off Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge, Burden Museum & Gardens is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes the LSU Rural Life Museum, the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and Windrush Gardens.

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens is an expansive collection of specialty gardens, woodlands, wetlands and arboreta. Trees and Trails offers 3 miles of serene walking paths through the Burden Woods. The Rose Garden, Children’s Garden and All-America Selections Display Garden showcase the beauty of plants and flowers and provide educational experiences for gardeners of all ages. No admission is required to tour the gardens.

The LSU Rural Life Museum focuses on the ways of life of rural Louisiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also provides educational and research resources that advance an understanding of the material and cultural heritage of the region.

Adjacent to the Rural Life Museum, the historic Windrush Gardens comprises 5 acres of semiformal gardens of the Burden family.

Admission to the Botanic Gardens and Trees and Trails is free of charge and open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Rural Life Museum is $10 for adults 12 to 61 and $9 for seniors and children 6 to 11. Admission to Windrush Gardens is $3 per person. Both are free for kids under 6. The LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens are open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except major holidays.

Continuing activities

Trees and Trails, a 3-mile system of pedestrian, recreational and educational trails in the Burden Woods, provides opportunities for hiking and interpretive and educational activities for youth and adults. The Mosaic Boardwalk at Black Swamp guides visitors through a hardwood swamp more than 200 years old. The trail system is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

The children’s garden offers a place to learn about gardening and nutrition. This model garden also provides a location for youth-related organizations and individual families to experience the outdoors, focusing on vegetable, herb and butterfly garden plantings.

Windrush Gardens comprises majestic live oaks and ancient crape myrtles to create a shady canopy over azaleas and camellias, evoking a sense of tranquility and peace. Steele Burden, who was influenced by the gardens of Europe and the surviving gardens of 19th century Louisiana plantations, designed Windrush. The winding paths are ideal for strolling and enjoying the 25 acres of landscaped spaces.

The Rose Garden is a member of the American Garden Rose Selections program, a nationwide network of approved public gardens, and the American Rose Trials for Sustainability (ARTS) program, maintaining an inventory of 1,500 plants representing 150 varieties. Starting each April, the Rose Garden offers an exclusive preview of the coming year’s outstanding new varieties.

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