2018 Upcoming Events at Burden Museum & Gardens

StoryTime in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

December 1, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

StoryTime in the Garden is a creative way of mixing storytelling and imagination with hands on craft activities for children. The program meets one Saturday a month September through April from 9 a.m. - Noon. Children ages 3-8 can enjoy storybook readings and imagination-themed activities every half hour.

All children participating in the program must be accompanied by an adult. The last reading begins at 11:30. Registration is not required and admission is free (except in October when StoryTime is associated with Corn Maze activities which has an entrance fee).

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Poinsettia Sale

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

December 1, 2018 - 8 a.m. - Noon

It’s not Christmas in South Louisiana without coming to the poinsettia display and sale at the Botanic Gardens. Join us for our annual, one day only Poinsettia Show and Sale! The Botanic Gardens is one of the nationwide trial locations for new and classic poinsettia varieties. We rely on our customers to take part in the evaluation process to help poinsettia breeders to decide which poinsettias hit the shelves next Christmas season!

The event is open to the public for free admission.

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A Rural Life Christmas

LSU Rural Life Museum

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Ring in the Holiday season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration at the LSU Rural Life Museum. Decorations with natural trimmings representative of special times of long ago will be displayed throughout the museum's grounds. Seasonal activities such a musical groups, demonstrating artisans, open-hearth cooking, storytellers, and costumed re-enactors will present during this event.

Admission: $10.00 per person. Children 10 years and younger are admitted for free.

This event will conclude with a bonfire and a visit from Papa Noel!

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2019

Burden Museum & Gardens offers special events throughout the year. Check our website often for updated details.

Arbor Day

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

January 19, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Be an arborist for a day by scaling a Louisiana live oak, meet Smokey the Bear, enjoy a scavenger hunt and more! Your family will learn about native trees. You can plant a tree and watch it grow for generations with GPS coordinates in the Burden Woods. All trees planted help to reforest our native trees lost during Hurricane Gustav.

Concessions are available. The event is open to the public for free admission.

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Camellia Show & Sale

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

February 9-10, 2019

The public is welcome to enter blooms into the Baton Rouge show at the LSU Rural Life Museum. The annual Camellia Sale features award-winning camellias grown by the Baton Rouge Camellia Society and the general public. The show is free and open to the public for viewing from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.

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Byzantine Icon Workshop

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

February 11-15, 2019 - 9 AM - 4:30 PM

The Byzantine Icon Workshop is a thoughtful and meditative five-day retreat focused on traditional painting techniques that date back 2,000 years. If you have a desire for a peaceful, contemplative setting, join the iconographers and create an individual piece of meaningful art. No previous artistic skill or experience is required! The cost of the workshop is $350 and includes all materials and lunch for five days.

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Herb Day

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

February 23, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Herb Day is an educational outdoor and gardening event and sale sponsored by the American Herb Society Baton Rouge Unit. There will be an Herb “Petting Zoo” and other children’s activities to make this event fun for all ages. Herb classes will start at 9:30 a.m. and continue every hour.

The event is open to the public for free admission.

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Afternoon Tea, Fashion and Fancies

LSU Rural Life Museum

February 23, 2019

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The LSU Rural Life Museum will present Afternoon Tea, Fashion and Fancies on Saturday, February 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the museum visitor center. Afternoon tea will be served with an assortment of sandwiches and pastries followed by a period fashion show featuring reproduction clothing from the 19th and early 20th centuries. A textile and tea exhibit will also be displayed for guests to enjoy.

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Brush with Burden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

March 2019

Brush with Burden is a collaborative, multimedia art and photography exhibition that showcases works inspired by Southern Sights. Artist submissions will be accepted until January 20th.The exhibit is free and open to the public in the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie and Ione Burden Conference Center. Art will be available to purchase throughout the exhibition.

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Master Gardener Plant Sale

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

March 23, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Shop from over 5,000 homegrown perennials and annuals specifically selected by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners for success in your garden! The EBR Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale raises money to support the educational activities of the Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens.

The event is open to the public. Free admission.

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​Zapp’s International Beerfest​

LSU Rural Life Museum

March 30, 2019

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More than 200 foreign and domestic beers and ales will be available for tasting. A large assortment of homebrews will be included. For patrons 21 and older. Proper photo identification required. Nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

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Gourmet in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

April 11, 2019

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Stroll through the gardens and savor the best local flavors from Baton Rouge chefs and creative mixologists! This extraordinary evening challenges local restaurants to compete for the People’s Choice and Juried Awards. Guests will enjoy creations from local restaurants prepared with locally grown products. Gourmet in the Garden is held in the lush green setting of the Rose Garden and Orangerie Garden.

All proceeds from this event go towards education programs at the Botanic Gardens and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation.

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Old Fashioned Easter Celebration

LSU Rural Life Museum

April 14, 2019

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Children ages 2 through 8 can enjoy traditional Louisiana Easter customs, including egg dyeing, paquing, races and, of course, hunting eggs for prizes.

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An Evening at Windrush

LSU Rural Life Museum

April 26, 2019

This elegant Southern supper will capture the spirit of earlier days at Windrush Plantation. Guests will enjoy cocktails at the Burden home, a seated supper, and desserts and coffee in the museum’s complex. Reservations are required. Registration fee: $150.

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National Public Gardens Day

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

May 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Join the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden and hundreds of gardens across the United States for National Public Gardens Day! This annual event highlights the important role gardens play in American communities. Free admission.

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LSU AgCenter Nature Summer Camp

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

June 2019

Join us for a week of exploring nature! Campers entering the second through fifth grades will interact with nature through a series of games, arts and crafts, science experiments, fishing, hiking and more! Snacks and water are provided.

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Rural Life Museum Apprentice Program

LSU Rural Life Museum

June 3-7, 2019

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Louisiana artisans will teach children traditional folk arts, such as candle making, weaving, blacksmithing, and other 19th-century activities. Open to children entering the fourth through eighth grades. Advance registration required.

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Garden Fest

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

June 15, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Garden Fest is a family friendly festival in the middle of Baton Rouge that promotes locally grown foods. Enjoy fresh omelets by the Louisiana Egg Commission, samples of famous bloody marys from Mason's Grill and activities and educational sessions for kids and adults. Admission is $5 per person and free for children ages 3 and under.

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Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

July 13, 2019

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Attention orchid lovers! Regional orchid growers and collectors will create works of art with the orchids on display at the Ione Burden Conference Center, and vendors from across the Gulf Coast have an array of orchids for sale. Orchid supplies will also be sold. Orchid Society members will be available to offer orchid growing and maintenance advice and potting demonstrations to showcase your beautiful orchids. Free admission.

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Harvest Days

LSU Rural Life Museum

October 2019

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Living history demonstrations will re-enact activities that took place on Louisiana farms and plantations during harvest time in the 1800s. Artisans will demonstrate skills related to harvest, hunting, fieldwork and other 19th-century duties. Activities will include cooking, soap making, boat building and wagon rides. Regular admission charged.

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Children’s Garden Series: Plants Need Friends Too

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 2019 - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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In this session we will learn about companion planting!

This program is held for ages 6 to 12 years old. Register in advance to Angie Wall at angwall@cox.net. A $15 fee is required for each child. Participants will receive a snack and a take-home craft. Attendance is limited to 30.

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Corn Maze

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019 - 10 AM - 5 PM

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Corn Maze is a family friendly day of fall fun with numerous farm related activities. Join the crazy mazy fun every Saturday in October with hayrides, zip lining, face painting, Bayou Goula’s Petting Zoo, pumpkin decorating and more! Corn Maze has thousands of visitors each year and is Baton Rouge’s most aMAZEing event!

Enjoy hamburgers, food from local vendors, and corn inspired snacks like corndogs and popcorn.

Admission is $10 per person and free for children 3 and under. Friends of the Gardens family membership discount: $5 per person.

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Wine & Roses

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 16, 2019 - 6 PM

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Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invite you to dine among the roses for the most beautiful al fresco event of the year! Join us for delicious food and music. Guests are asked to wear cocktail attire. Tickets are $125. Seating is limited, and tickets sell out every year so please reserve your seat in advance. Call 225-763-3990 ext. 6 for tickets.

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Night Maze and Bonfire

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 26, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wear your costume and kick off your Halloween celebrations at Night Maze! You won’t find anything spooky or ooky, just more mazy fun with a bonfire, smore’s, live music, and glow in the dark games.

Admission is $10 per person and free for children 3 and under. Friends of the Gardens family membership discount: $5 per person.

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Haints, Haunts, and Halloween: A Rural Life Fall Fair

LSU Rural Life Museum

October 27, 2019

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Remember the sights, sounds and activities of an old-fashioned country fair. Join the staff of the Rural Life Museum as they provide a safe and fun Halloween event for families. Storytelling, cakewalks, pumpkin decorating, games and trick-or-treating are some of the events kids will be able to participate in. Admission: $5 per person.

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Red Rooster Bash

LSU Rural Life Museum

November 7, 2019

A silent and live auction with numerous items, lively music and delicious barbecue. Red roosters aplenty will decorate the hall. Registration required.

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A Rural Life Christmas

LSU Rural Life Museum

December 1, 2019

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Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th-century Louisiana celebration. Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers and costumed re-enactors will set the holiday mood. The event will conclude with a bonfire and a very special guest. Admission: Adults $10.00. Children 10 years and under are free.

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