2020 Upcoming Events at Burden Museum & Gardens

Gourmet in the Garden

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LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Stroll through the gardens and savor the best local flavors from Baton Rouge chefs and creative mixologists! This extraordinary evening challenges local restaurants and bars to compete for the People’s Choice 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 support the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation.

National Public Garden Week


LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

May 11-15, 2020

9 a.m. - noon


Join LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the American Public Gardens Association for a nationwide celebration of public gardens and their role in communities. A week-long themed agenda will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Katie Guitreau at kguitreau@agcenter.lsu.edu for more information.

Zapp's International Beerfest

LSU Rural Life Museum

More than 200 foreign, domestic, and home brewed beer and ales will be available for tasting. This event is for patrons 21 years of age and older. Proper photo identification required to purchase tickets and to enter event.

Non- alcoholic beverages will be available. Tickets are limited. Early Entry 2:30 pm $100.00 each, Regular Tickets $40.00 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m..

Apprentice Program

LSU Rural Life Museum

June 1-5, 2020

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Louisiana artisans will teach children during this weeklong summer camp the traditional folk arts and activities that took place during the 18th century. Each child will learn and participate in various activities such as; woodworking, blacksmithing, candle making, weaving, open hearth cooking, and traditional games.

Open to children entering the 4th through the 8th grades. Advanced registration is required Registration Fee: $100.00 per participant.

Please contact Steve Ramke; 225-765-2437 or sramke@lsu.edu.

Master Gardener Plant Sale

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

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.

Visit the Plant Sale website before the sale to browse the selections with images and specifications on the available varieties.

The event is free and open to the public.

StoryTime in the Garden

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

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.

Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

July 11, 2020

9 a.m. - 5p.m.

For all of you orchid lovers, Orchid Society members will be available to offer orchid growing and maintenance advice and potting demonstrations to showcase your beautiful orchids. Orchids are on display and for sale in the Ione Burden Conference Center from vendors across the Gulf Coast! Regional orchid growers and collectors will create works of art with the orchids on display, along with the sale of orchid supplies.

The event is free and open to the public.

Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

July 12, 2020

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Experience Day 2 of local gardeners displaying their talents with orchids. Orchids and orchid supplies will still be on sale.

The event is free and open to the public.

Byzantine Icon Workshop

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

August 16-21, 2020

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Experience the unique peace of the Byzantine era through Icon painting. The Byzantine Icon Workshop is a thoughtful and meditative 5 day retreat of traditional painting techniques that dates back 2000 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!

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Gardens to further the implementation of the Botanic Gardens Master Plan. Email dianawells1548@gmail.com to check for availability.

Harvest Days

LSU Rural Life Museum

October 2-3, 2020

LSU Rural Life Museum invites you to experience living history of the harvest on 19th century Louisiana farms and plantations.

Corn Maze


LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 3, 10, 17 and 24

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens presents the annual Corn Maze, a family-friendly day of fun with pumpkin decorating, zip lining, farm related activities, and much more.

Admission is $10 a person and free for children 3 and under. Friends of the Gardens family memberships receive 4 free admissions.

Haints, Haunts, and Halloween

LSU Rural Life Museum

October 25, 2020

Children will be able to participate in storytelling, cake walks, games, and trick-or-treating, and so much more!

Night Maze and Bonfire


LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

October 31, 2020

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Cozy up to the bonfire and listen to music. This evening will include pumpkin decorating, mazes, Hay Mountain and much more. Guests can enjoy jambalaya and other wonderful concessions.

Admission to each event is $10 per person. Children ages 3 and younger have free admission.

Wine & Roses Reinvented

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

November 8, 2020

6 p.m.

Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invite you to dine among the roses for the most beautiful al fresco event of the year! Enjoy a new format and new experience at the same enchanting place. Stay tuned for developments. Guests are asked to wear cocktail attire.

Tickets are $150 for non-members and $125 for members. Seating is limited and tickets sell out every year so please reserve your seat in advance. Call (225) 763-3990 ext. 6, for tickets and more information.

Green Stick Workshop

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

November 14, 2020

This program is provided by the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the East Baton Rouge Parish Master Gardeners.

Christmas in the Garden and Poinsettia Sale


LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

December 5, 2020

9 a.m.-noon

Join us for a morning of holiday fun! Activities include StoryTime with Mrs. Claus, Christmas pictures with Santa, reindeer food making, pancake breakfast, the annual Poinsettia Show and Sale and so much more! Tickets for Christmas in the Garden are $30 and free for one-year-olds and younger. Tickets only available in advance. Contact Katie Guitreau at kguitreau@agcenter.lsu.edu for more information.

It's not Christmas in Louisiana without our Burden poinsettias! Stop by the Poinsettia Sale to purchase your own. There is free admission for the Poinsettia Sale.

A Rural Life Christmas

LSU Rural Life Museum

December 6, 2020

Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration.