Burden Museum & Gardens offers summertime activities

Richard Bogren  |  5/15/2019 7:46:19 PM

(05/15/19) BATON ROUGE, La. — As the calendar turns to summer, Burden Museum & Gardens offers many activities to help people enjoy the changing seasons.

Special summertime events

On Monday through Friday, June 3 to 7, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, the LSU Rural Life Museum will conduct the Rural Life Apprentice Program. During the weeklong summer camp, Louisiana artisans and junior docents will introduce children to 19th century traditional crafts, such as blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, tintype photography and early textile processes as well as everyday domestic skills. Each day, the apprentices will be able to create and bring home what they made. Open to children entering the fourth through eighth grades. Advance registration is required. Camp fee is $100 per child. An online registration form is at http://bit.ly/2WzN466.

On Saturday, June 15, from 8 a.m. to noon, the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden will present Garden Fest. Garden Fest focuses on locally grown and produced foods and beverages. Visitors will be able to tour various gardens and take a hayride to vegetable trial plots to taste new vegetable varieties. Complimentary food and beverages will include omelets from the Louisiana Egg Commission and bloody marys from Mason’s Grill while other foods will be on sale from local food trucks. Information sessions about gardening, nature and environmental programs will run from 9 to 11 a.m. along with an “Ask an Expert” plant and gardening tent. Children’s activities will feature water slides (bring your swimsuits) and the opportunity to see old farm tractors. Admission is $5 per person. Children ages 3 and under will be admitted at no charge.

On Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Botanic Gardens at Burden will host the Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show. Orchids will be 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. Orchid supplies will also be sold. Orchid Society members will be available to offer growing and maintenance advice and demonstrate potting techniques. The event is open and free to the public.

On Monday through Friday, July 22 to 26, the Botanic Gardens at Burden will host a Byzantine icon workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Participants will learn how to create an icon using gold leaf and traditional painting techniques that date back 2,000 years. No art experience is required. Lunches and all materials are included in the fee. Registration is $350 per person. Email Diana Wells at dianawells1548@gmail.com to reserve your place or click here for a registration form. Enrollment is limited.

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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