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adult reading to children

StoryTime in the Garden: video broadcast 

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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.

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Green Stick Workshop

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This program is provided by the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the East Baton Rouge Parish Master Gardeners.

Please check back for more updates on our next event!

Upcoming dates: 

  • July 18 or July 25th
  • November 14th

purple orchid

 

Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show 

July 11, 2020 | 9 AM - 5 PM and July 12, 2020 | 10 AM - 4 PM

For all of you orchid lovers, orchids are on display and for sale in the Ione Burden Conference Center from vendors across the Gulf Coast! Regional orchid growers and collectors create works of art with the orchids on display.  Orchid supplies will also be sold. Orchid Society members will be available to offer orchid growing and maintenance advice and potting demonstrations to showcase your beautiful orchids.

The event is free and open to the public.

view of woman painting icons

Byzantine Icon Workshop

August 16 - 21, 2020 | 9 AM - 4:30 PM

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!

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Gardens to further the implementation of the Botanic Gardens Master Plan. Email dianawells1548@gmail.com to check for availability.

two girls playing in corn pit

Corn Maze

October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 2020 | 10 AM - 5 PM

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates! 

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Corn Maze is a family friendly day of fall fun with numerous farm related activities. Join the crazy mazy fun every Saturday in October. Corn Maze has thousands of visitors each year and is Baton Rouge’s most aMAZEing event!

Admission is $10 per person and free for children 3 and under. Friends of the Gardens family memberships receive 4 free admissions. 

marshmallows roasting over a bonfire

Night Maze and Bonfire

October 31, 2020 | 6 PM - 9 PM

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates!

Cozy up to the bonfire and listen to music. Join the crazy mazy fun the last Saturday night in October. Night Maze has hundreds of visitors each year and is Baton Rouge’s most aMAZEing event!

Admission to each event is $10 per person. Free for children 3 and younger.

beautiful roses

Wine & Roses Reinvented

Postponed 

Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invite you to enjoy the roses for the most beautiful al fresco event of the year! New format, new experience, same enchanting place. Stay tuned for developments.

decorated christmas tree and wooden reindeer

Christmas in the Garden and Poinsettia Sale

TBA | 9 AM - Noon

Join us for a morning of holiday fun! Activities include our StoryTime with Mrs. Claus, Christmas pictures with Santa, reindeer food making, the pancake breakfast, our annual Poinsettia Show and Sale, and so much more! Tickets for Christmas in the Garden are $30 and free for one-year-olds and younger. Tickets only available in advance.

It's not Christmas in Louisiana without our Burden poinsettias! Stop by the Poinsettia Sale to purchase your own. Admission for the Poinsettia Sale is free. 

people planting trees

Arbor Day

January 2021 | 9 AM - 1 PM

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.

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

View our 2020 flyer!

See our event on Facebook!

light pink camellia on a spring day

Camellia Show & Sale

February 2021 | TBA

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.

visitors choosing herbs to purchase

Herb Day

February 2021 | 8 AM - 2 PM

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. 

Master Gardener Plant Sale

March 27, 2021 

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.

See the 2020 Master Gardener Plant Sale 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 15, 2021

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. 

field of pink pollinator flowers

National Public Gardens Week

May 11-16, 2020 | Online recap! 

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens is proud to join American Public Gardens Association and 500+ gardens nationwide in celebrating National Public Gardens Week. This annual, weeklong event will be committed to emphasizing the import role public gardens across the country play in promoting education and exposure to our environment as well as our gardens. Each day of the week will have a themed agenda with an informational video.