Burden Museum and Gardens announces springtime activities

Richard Bogren  |  2/6/2019 4:04:41 PM

(02/­­06/19) BATON ROUGE, La. — A cold winter in Louisiana deserves to be followed by a warm spring. And Burden Museum & Gardens offers many activities to help people enjoy the changing season.

Special springtime events to remember

On Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the LSU Rural Life Museum will present the Ione E. Burden Symposium featuring “Death Among the Magnolias.” The program will take a journey back to the 18th through early 20th centuries with well-noted speakers on such topics as yellow fever “yellow jack”, malaria, aging over 65, influenza and their treatments and customs. Speakers include: Elizabeth Schexnyder, Dr. Deanne Stephens, Dr. Trent James and Dr. Wright Kennedy. Admission is $40 and includes lunch and a reception.

On Saturdays, March 9 and April 13, 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 every half hour. The last reading begins at 11:30. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Admission is free.

On Saturday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners will conduct their annual spring plant sale. The sale includes thousands of plants in hundreds of varieties of landscape ornamentals.The funds raised support activities such as plant health clinics, school gardens and educational classes for the community and various children's programs. This public event includes free admission.

On Saturday, March 30, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., Zapp's International Beerfest at the LSU Rural Life Museum will feature more than 200 foreign and domestic beers, ales and homebrews will be available for tasting. Limited to visitors 21 years of age and older, proper photo identification will be required to purchase tickets and enter the event. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available. General admission tickets are $35 each, and designated driver tickets are $20 each. Tickets at $100 for early entry at 2:30 p.m. include specialty beers and food from local restaurants. Tickets are available for purchase online at http://bit.ly/2CUas5G. For more information, call 225-765-2437.

On Saturday, April 6, from 9 to 11 a.m., the Botanic Gardens will present a guided pet painting class. Led by Violet Tremblay of Painting and Pinot, participants will be able to go home with a painted canvas of their pet. Registration closes on March 30. The cost is $55 per person. For more information, call 225-763-3990.

On Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens will present Gourmet in the Garden. The evening will include food creations from local restaurants prepared with locally grown products along with samplings of beverages from local mixologists. The event is presented by the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation and sponsored in part by Republic National Distributing Company and Olinde Rentals. Tickets include samplings of food and cocktails along with live music. The cost is $50 per person before Feb. 15, $60 per person between Feb. 16 and March 31 and $70 thereafter. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2WzzRui.

On Sunday, April 14, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., LSU Rural Life Museum will celebrate an Old-fashioned Easter Celebration. Children ages 2 through 8 will have the opportunity to enjoy customs associated with Easter in Louisiana by participating in many activities such as egg-dying, egg pacquing, egg races and, of course, an Easter egg hunt. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Admission is $5 per person with children under 2 admitted at no charge.

On Friday, April 26, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., the LSU Rural Life Museum will present An Evening at Windrush. This elegant Southern supper will capture the spirit of days gone by at Windrush. Guests will enjoy cocktails at the Burden home, a seated supper and desserts and coffee on the museum grounds. Tickets are $150 per person, and reservations are required. Reservations and information are available by calling 225-765-2437.

On Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Children's Garden Festival will feature crafts, educational booths and sessions, snacks and gardening activities for children ages 6 to 12. An adult must accompany each child. Children will receive snacks and garden take-home crafts. Admission is $10 per vehicle. More information is available from Kitty Bull at kittybull@aol.com.

On Monday through Friday, May 13-17, the Botanic Gardens will celebrate national Public Gardens Week. Activities for all ages will be themed around the importance of our environment. Educational sessions will take place in the Ione E. Burden Conference Center, and local organizations will provide information on various plants. Check online at www.discoverburden.com for the lasts information on schedules and activities. The event is free and open to the public. National Public Gardens Week is a program supported by the American Public Gardens Association.

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 charged 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.

For more information, visit www.discoverburden.com or call 225-763-3990.

Continuing activities include

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.

The Rose Garden is a part of the American Garden Rose Selections program, a nationwide network of approved public gardens, and the American Rose Trials for Sustainability program, maintaining an inventory of 1,100 plants representing 150 varieties. Starting each April, the Rose Garden offers an exclusive preview of the coming year’s outstanding new varieties.

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.

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