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Children's Garden Activities

Bees/ Plants to Attract Pollinators to Your Yard

September 30, 2017 - 9-11 AM

Gardens are living spaces with more than just plant life growing. Discover the sounds and sights of insects that help us tend to our garden. Make a mason bee house to bring home.

This month's program is a part of the Children's Garden Series hosted by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners. Enjoy hands-on activities with your children on Saturday mornings  from 9 to 11am at the Ione Burden Conference Center. Activities are age appropriate for 6 to 12 year olds.

Each event will require a small fee of $15 per child, and an adult must accompany each child. Children will receive snacks and a neat garden take-home craft!

Attendance is limited to 20 - 30 children for each session. Make your reservation by contacting Angie Wall at


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Corn Maze

Oct 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2017 - 10 AM - 5 PM

Find your way out of the Corn Maze, paint a pumpkin, visit the Red Barn Petting Zoo, enjoy a hayride, climb the straw mountain, play in the corn box and more! Featuring our most popular attraction, a children's zipline!

Admission -- $10 Free for children 3 and younger

Night Maze and Bonfire

October 28, 2017 - 10 AM - 9 PM

Bring the family and enjoy an evening bonfire, corn dogs, s'mores and live music. Costumes are welcomed.

Admission -- $10 Free for children 3 and younger.

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Wine & Roses

Oct 2017 - 6 PM

Share a magical night of dining under the stars at the Burden Horticulture Society annual fundraising event.
Cocktails and Hors' d'oeuvres under The Pavilion starting at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner in the Rose Garden starting at 7:00 p.m.

Call 225-763-3990, Ext. 6 for reservations.

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Poinsettia Sale

Dec 1, 2017 - 8 AM - Noon

Burden's Poinsettias are special!
Our Poinsettias are selected from years of research and buyers' favorites. They are carefully nurtured and are assured to be sturdy and healthy plants to last your holiday season. Stock up to decorate your home or office.  Poinsettias also make wonderful holiday gifts!  

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Arbor Day

Jan 2018 - 9 AM - 1 PM

Plant a family tree and make a memory.
Celebrate Arbor Day and learn more about trees and their uses at this family-friendly event. Activities include: family tree planting, a scavenger hunt in the Burden Woods, Story Time, children's tree climbing, a visit with Smokey Bear, hayrides and more.

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Byzantine Icon Workshop

Feb 5-9 2018

The workshop will teach participants to paint an icon of St. Anna.

Classes are held in the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.  No art experience is required.  All materials are included in the course fee.

Registration is $350 per workshop.  Call 225-763-3990 to reserve your seat.

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Camellia Society Sale

Feb 2018

The annual Camellia Show and Sale features camellia flowers from around the state along with the current award winners. Various camellia varieties grown by the Camellia Society will be available to purchase The event is held at the Rural Life Museum.

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Herb Day

March 2018 - 8:30 AM - 2 PM

Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Unit of the Herb Society of America, this event offers a fantastic opportunity to get some relief from our individual cases of Nature Deficit Disorder and to generally have a great day outside!

Proceeds support the Herb Garden at the Botanic Gardens at Burden.

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Brush with Burden

March 2018

Come celebrate Louisiana's talented artists as a sponsor of the seventh annual Brush with Burden art exhibition. A juried multimedia exhibition, Brush with Burden features all types of art inspired by Louisiana's natural beauty, flora and fauna.  

Master Gardener Plant Sale

Spring 2018 - 8 AM - 2 PM

Select from over 5,000 homegrown perennials (and a few annuals) specifically selected by the EBR Master Gardeners for success in your garden!

The EBR Master Gardener annual spring plant sale raises money to support both the education and benevolent activities of Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.  The sale includes thousands of plants in hundreds of varieties of landscape ornamentals.  Activities that are supported by the funds raised during this plant sale are plant health clinics, school gardens, educational classes for the community and various other children's programs.

See the 2017 Flyer

The Plant Sale website lets you browse our selections in advance of the sale with images and specifications on the available varieties.

Gourmet in the Garden

April 2018 - 6-9 PM

Stroll through the gardens and savor the best local flavors from Baton Rouge chefs.

Mix the delicious cuisine with signature cocktails from the city's most creative mixologists.

Shake it up with a little music and dancing under the stars. And you have an extraordinary evening infused with laughter, good friends and good times.

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

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Story Time

9-11 AM

Parents with children ages 3 through 8 are invited to join in the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Registration is not required.  The event is free of charge.

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Garden Fest

June 2018 - 7:30 AM - 1 PM

Garden Fest focuses on locally grown and produced foods and beverages.

Garden Fest is a family friendly festival in the middle of Baton Rouge with morning omelets provided by the Louisiana Egg Commission, fresh bloody mary's samples by Mason's Grill, hayrides, educational programs, "Touch the Tractor," and water slides! There will be vegetable tastings, plant advice, and answers to your burning plant questions.

Taco de Paco, Ninja Snowballs, and City Gelato vendors will be present for lunch, snacks, and a refreshing dessert!

Tickets are $5 for ages 4 and up and free for ages 3 and below. Please come out, bring your swimsuits, and prepare for a fun Saturday in Baton Rouge. Tickets will be available at the event as well!


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Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show

The show features displays of various gulf coast orchid societies and the vendors who will be selling orchid plants and supplies. Orchid Society members will be on hand to offer expert advice on orchid culture. Other Show features include potting demonstrations. The show is open to the public with free admission.