2023 Upcoming Events at Burden Museum & Gardens

Master Gardener Plant Sale

People gathered at a garden fest

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
March 25
8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for the biggest plant sale of the year! Shop from over 3,000 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 provided by Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens.

StoryTime in the Garden

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LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden
Dates listed below
9 a.m.-Noon

View StoryTime in the Garden Videos

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 August through May 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 a.m.

Registration is not required and admission is free .

2023 dates

  • April 1 in the Pavilion
  • May 13 in the Pavilion

An Old-Fashioned Easter

Colorful Easter eggs in a basket.

LSU Rural Life Museum
April 2
2:30-5 p.m.

Children ages 2 through 8 enjoy an Old-Fashioned Easter in Louisiana while participating in many activities such as egg dying, egg pacquing, sack races and of course egg hunting. Admission is $6.00 per person.

Birding at Burden


2023 dates listed below
$5 per person
Tickets, dates and times atEventbrite.com

Did you know 320 species of birds have been recorded in and around Burden, including common species, such as northern mockingbirds and ruby-throated hummingbirds, seven different woodpeckers, waterfowl and wading birds, and a variety of resident migratory songbirds?

Grab your birding gear and join us bright and early to catch a glimpse of some of these species on a three-hour guided tour lead by different birding specialists through the birding loops at Burden.

2023 Birding at Burden Dates

  • April 15
  • May 20
  • June 17
  • July 15
  • August 19
  • September 16
  • October 21
  • November 11
  • December 9

Tickets available at Eventbrite.com

Gourmet in the Garden

A couple standing at a table talking at the outdoor event, Gourmet in the Garden.
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
April 20
6 - 9 p.m.

Gourmet in the Garden is a foodie's dream!

Bring your food-loving friends to savor dishes and cocktails from your favorite Baton Rouge chefs and mixologists. After you've tried them all, vote for your favorite in the People's Choice Awards!

Tickets are currently $75 per person. All food and drink is included in the cost of the ticket.

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

Evening at Windrush: The Magic Returns

People gathered at LSU Rural Life Museum.

LSU Rural Life Museum
April 28
Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m.

The magic returns with a progressive evening including cocktails and music set in the beautiful Windrush Gardens. After, enjoy an elegant southern supper provided by Chef John Folse. All proceeds benefit the Friends of LSU Rural Life Museum.

Purchase tickets to Evening at Windrush here.

Sponsor the Magic

Go Public Gardens Days

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LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden
May 20-21

Join the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the American Public Gardens Association along with over 500 public gardens across America in celebrating Go Public Gardens Days. We have a weekend full of fun activities for everyone!

Go Public Gardens is an ongoing, evergreen initiative of the American Public Gardens Association meant to drive the public to visit, value, and volunteer at public gardens in their area and when they travel.

Orchid Show & Sale

Purple orchids in a greenhouse.

LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden
July (date to be announced)

Baton Rouge Orchid Society's Annual Show & Sale offers stunning visual displays from multiple Orchid Societies across the Gulf Coast, affordable sale plants from five local vendors, expert growing advice, and even the chance to win one of several raffle plants! This event is free and open to the public.

Icon Painting Workshop

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LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden
August (dates to be announced)

The Icon Painting Workshop is a thoughtful and meditative week-long retreat focusing on traditional painting techniques that date back 2,000 years. The workshop is led by trained Iconographers in the Ione Burden Conference Center. No artistic skill or previous painting experience is required, and all materials are provided by Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. You are also welcome to bring your own brushes, Ott light, or wet pallet if you prefer. Coffee and lunch are provided daily.

Email dianawells1548@gmail.com for more information.

Harvest Days

A young girl at Harvest Days.

LSU Rural Life Museum
September 31-October 1
8-5 p.m.

Living history demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms during harvest time in the 1800’s. Artisans will demonstrate skills related to the harvesting, hunting, fieldwork, and other 19th century duties. Activities will include open-hearth cooking, soap making, and wagon rides and much more!

Advance tickets and Corn Maze combination tickets coming in August!

At the door ticket prices:

ages 0-3 Free

ages 4-11 $10

ages 12+ $12

Haints, Haunts and Halloween

A fortune teller telling a young child's fortune.

LSU Rural Life Museum
October 29
2-4:30 p.m.

Remember the sights, sounds, and activities of an old-fashioned country fair. Join the staff and volunteers of the Rural Life Museum as they provide a safe and fun Halloween event for families. Storytelling, cake walks, games, and trick-or-treating are some of the events kids will be able to participate in while on the museum grounds.

Ticket prices:
Ages 0-3 Free
Ages 4+ $6
Ages 12+ $12

Corn Maze at Burden

A family walks through the Corn Maze at Burden.

LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden
October (date to be announced)

Join us as we open our fields and crank up our tractors to usher in the Fall season with some safe crazy mazy outdoor fun.

Night Maze at Burden

People gathered around the campfire participating in bonfire night.

LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden
October (date to be announced)

Grab your costumes, glow sticks, and flash lights and head on over Night Maze. At our family-friendly Night Maze you can take a stroll through the corn maze, roast marshmallows by the bonfire, climb the hay mountain, go for a "swim" in the corn crib, play awesome games, and dance to live music!

Red Rooster Bash

A rooster walking with a blue background.

LSU Rural Life Museum
November 9
Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m.

An annual barbeque event for the Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum. Come join the fun and take your chance at winning fantastic door prizes, while listening to lively music and enjoying delicious barbecue fare. Red roosters will be immersed throughout the decor.

Advanced registration is required. Registration and ticket information available in September.

Poinsettia Sale & Show

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LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden
November (date to be announced)

It's not Christmas in Louisiana without Botanic Gardens Poinsettias! Over 20 varieties of locally-grown Poinsettias will be on display and available for sale at the Botanic Gardens greenhouse. The botanic gardens evaluates Poinsettia varieties developed by breeders worldwide and they will be exclusively sold at the annual show and sale. A limited quantity of each variety are available. Arrive on time so you don't miss out on these rare varieties of Poinsettias!

A Rural Life Christmas

Papa Noel dressed in red sitting on a carriage surrounded by poinsettias.

LSU Rural Life Museum
December 3
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration. Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers, and costumed re-enactors will be present to set the holiday mood. The event will conclude with a bonfire and a very special guest.

Ticket prices:
Age 0 - 3 Free
Age 4-11 $10
Age 12+ $12

Wine & Roses Rambler

A line of champagne glasses at Wine & Rose Rambler.

LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden
(date to be announced)

The Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden invite you to ramble through the Gardens!

Stroll through the gardens as you savor gourmet hors d'oeuvres and desserts, fine wines and specialty cocktails.