There are many ways to support the Botanic Gardens at Burden; enjoying our gardens and trails, using our facilities for your events, attending our educational and recreational activities, spreading the word about us, lending a hand, purchasing our goods, becoming a member and financing our upkeep and efforts.  We hope you will find your way to keep this Baton Rouge treasure thriving so that generations to come may enjoy the peace and tranquility available on the Burden property in the middle of our busy city.



More than 300 people regularly volunteer at the Botanic Gardens.  From planting fields and gardens, trimming rose bushes, building enclosures, running attractions, taking admissions to simply answering the phone, the property could not operate without the help of our dedicated volunteers.  Visit out Volunteer page for more information about where you can help.



Membership in Friends of Botanic Gardens at Burden helps to support the gardens and provides you with many valuable benefits. See our Membership benefits page for more information.



The Botanic Gardens at Burden are supported by Louisiana State University, the Burden Foundation and private donations.  Your donations are tax deductible. Online donations can be made through the LSU Foundation.




We would like to provide you with an opportunity to sponsor one of the Botanic Gardens fundraising events.  We welcome sponsorships from both individuals and businesses.  These sponsorships give you an opportunity to give back to your community and provide financial support to an outstanding community resource.  For individuals, donations to the Botanic Gardens through the LSU Foundation are tax-deductible. For businesses, event sponsorships not only provide tax benefits, but also exposure through presence at the event.  You have the opportunity to reach new potential customers and receive free publicity through media coverage and signage for the event. 

Sponsorship at the Botanic Gardens demonstrates an important commitment to the environment and to the conservation of plants and the natural world.  Fundraising from events at the Botanic Gardens are used to build our educational programs as well as improve and expand our garden offerings.

See our Sponsor Packet and contact Jeff Kuehny or Mary Coco at 225 763-3990 about sponsorship opportunities.


Affiliated Organizations

Many organizations call the Botanic Gardens their home.  Our meeting rooms, gardens, potting shed, greenhouses and other facilities support both Burden activities as well as those of other gardening groups.  We invite you to learn more about these groups and take advantage of what they have to offer.

Members of these groups are eligible for discounted membership in the Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden as Associate members.  The Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden is a non-profit organization that serves for the sole purpose of supporting the Botanic Gardens at Burden.

BR Camellia Society

BR Orchid Society

BR Unit of the Herb Society of America

Capital Area Bee Keepers Association

Capital Area Native Plant Society

EBR Master Gardener Association