2020 Upcoming Events at Burden Museum & Gardens

StoryTime in the Garden



LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
Rescheduled for January 25, 2020
9 a.m.-Noon

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 and Christmas in the Garden activities which has an entrance fee.

Arbor Day at Burden


LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
Rescheduled for January 25, 2020
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Be an arborist for a day! Scale a Louisiana live oak, meet Smokey the Bear, enjoy a scavenger hunt and more! Your family can learn about native trees, plant a tree and watch your tree grow for generations using your tree’s GPS coordinates in the Burden Woods. All trees planted help to reforest our native trees lost during Hurricane Gustav. We will also have native trees for sale at Arbor Day for $5 and $10.

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


StoryTime in the Garden

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LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
February 8, 2020
9 a.m. - noon

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.

Camellia Show & Garden

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LSU Rural Life Museum
February 8, 2020 . 1-4:30 p.m.
February 9, 2020 . 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The LSU Rural Life Museum invites the public to enter blooms into the Baton Rouge Camellia Society show. The annual Camellia Sale features award winning camellias grown by the Baton Rouge Camellia Society and the general public. Entry and Judging takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Many of these camellias have been meticulously propagated from our expansive camellia collections. The show is free and open to the public for viewing from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Baton Rouge Camellia Society will be on hand to give camellia planting and management advice.


Byzantine Icon Workshop


LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
February 10-14, 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!

The cost of the workshop is $350 and includes all materials and lunch for 5 days. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Gardens to further the implementation of the Botanic Gardens Master Plan. Please return the icon workshop form with the full payment of $350, or a $175 non-refundable deposit due on or before December 1, 2019 and the remaining $175 is due on or before January 20, 2020.

Email dianawells1548@gmail.com to reserve your seat in advance due to high demand and limited space.

Tea, Fashions and Fancies


LSU Rural Life Museum
February 15, 2020
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Featuring Raffaele Raimondi

Mr. Raimondi, owner, designer, furrier and buyer of Raffaele’s Custom Furs, Lafayette and Baton Rouge will speak about his journey from Italy’s fur powerhouse, Melloni Furs to Godchaux’s fur department in New Orleans. Included during this special afternoon: a special English-style tea and assortments of fine sandwiches and specialties. Reservations are required. Contact the LSU Rural Life Museum at 225-765-2437.

Ione E. Burden Symposium

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The Burden Family of Windrush
LSU Rural Life Museum
February 29, 2020
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Distinguished speakers will discuss the “Burden Family Legacy” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their generous donation of their property of the LSU Rural Life Museum. A special fee of $40 will be charged, and reservations are required. A country lunch and speaker's reception are included.

Herb Day

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LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
February 29, 2020
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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 free and open to the public.

StoryTime in the Garden

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LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
March 7, 2020
9 a.m. - noon

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.

Louisiana Sew and Sow


LSU Rural Life Museum
March 14, 2020

Experience the 18th and 19th century Louisiana come to life as the LSU Rural Life Museum presents Louisiana Sew and Sow. Join us as we celebrate the start of the spring planting season with a look back at traditional life in home and field. From sewing a quilt to sowing seeds in a field, families are invited to spend a day as an early Louisianan with unique demonstrations ranging from a black smithing to animal drawn plowing. Children and families can participate in hands on activities such as making candles, quill pens, and butter churning. Come roam the museum with family and friends and enjoy costumed interpreters sharing about life in the old days.

Zapp's International Beerfest

LSU Rural Life Museum
March 28, 2020
3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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..

Master Gardener Plant Sale

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LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
April 4, 2020
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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
April 4, 2020
9 a.m. - noon

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.

An Old-fashioned Easter Celebration

LSU Rural Life Museum
April 5, 2020
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Children ages 2 through 8 will have the opportunity to enjoy customs associated with Easter in Louisiana. Children will be able to participate in many activities such as egg dying, egg pacquing, and leg races and of course egg hunting. Admission fee is $5.00 per person.


Gourmet in the Garden

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LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
April 23, 2020
6 - 9 p.m.

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.

LSU Rural Life Museum 50th Anniversary Open House


LSU Rural Life Museum
May 3, 2020
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The LSU Rural Life Museum invites you to celebrate our 50th anniversary with an afternoon of light refreshments, music and costumed interpreters throughout the museum. This event is free and open to the public.

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