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Birding at Burden

Multiples dates available

Tickets are on sale for $5 here!

Did you know 320 species of birds have been recorded in and around Burden, including common species, such as northern mockingbirds and ruby-throated hummingbirds, seven different woodpeckers, waterfowl and wading birds, and a variety of resident migratory songbirds?

Grab your birding gear and join us bright and early to catch a glimpse of some of these species on a three-hour guided tour lead by different birding specialists through the birding loops at Burden. 

The excursion is designed to maintain appropriate social distancing between participants. Capacity for each excursion is limited to 10 guests. 

red and yellow variegated tomatoes

Green Stick Workshop

July 17, 2021 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Summer is in full swing, and what better way to beat the summer heat than whipping up some of your very own summertime classics in the kitchen? 

Ditch the crockpot and step away from the grill... This Green Stick workshop will show you what to scoop up at your local farmer's market this summer to prepare a perfect meal for you and your guests that won't weigh you down. 

We are excited to have the Chef Jason Gilfour and Director Gaye Sandoz from the LSU AgCenter Food Innovation Institute known as FOODii guide you through this workshop with some fancy tips and tricks to help you feel like a pro!

Admission is $35 per person. Purchase your tickets today!


woman painting

Byzantine Icon Workshop

August 9 - 13, 2021 | 8 a.m. -  5 p.m.

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 to check for availability. 

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StoryTime in the Garden

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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 August through May 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 which has an entrance fee.

2021-2022 dates:

  • Aug. 14 - Pavilion
  • Sept. 11 - Pavilion
  • Oct. 2 - Corn Maze
  • Nov. 6 - Pavilion
  • Dec. 11 - Pavilion
  • Jan. 22 - Arbor Day
  • Feb. 5 - Pavilion
  • March 5 - Orangerie
  • April 2 - Pavilion
  • May 14 - Pavilion
kids sitting on haybales at Corn Maze

Corn Maze

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

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 is Baton Rouge's most aMAZEing event!

Stay tuned for updates!

wine glasses on table with red rose arrangement

Wine and Roses: Sunday Brunch

November 7, 2021 | 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invite you to our most elegant event of the year! Wine and Roses is an annual fundraiser for the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. We look forward to bringing you a unique and beautiful event this year! Check back for more updates!

red poinsettias

Poinsettia Sale

November 27, 2021 | 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

It's not Christmas in Louisiana without our Burden poinsettias! Over 50 varieties of poinsettia will be on display and available for sale at the Botanic Gardens greenhouse on Saturday, November 27, 2020, from 8 AM to 2 PM. The botanic gardens evaluates poinsettia varieties developed by breeders worldwide and they will be exclusively sold at the annual show and sale. A limited number of each variety are available so arrive on time so that you don't miss out on these rare varieties of poinsettias!

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Arbor Day 2022

January 22, 2022 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Be an arborist for a day! 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 $15.

The event is free and open to the public. 

White camellia

Camellia Sale


The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invites you to our annual Camellia Sale. Featuring award winning camellias grown by the Baton Rouge Camellia Society and the general public. Many of these camellias have been meticulously propagated from our expansive camellia collections. The Baton Rouge Camellia Society will be on hand to give camellia planting and management advice. 

people buying herbs at the sale

Herb Day 


Have you ever wanted to start an herb garden? Come out and take part in our herb sale! Herb Day is an educational outdoor gardening event and sale sponsored by the American Herb Society Baton Rouge Unit. Please contact the Herb Society at for more information. 

plants at the sale

Master Gardener Plant Sale


Join us for the biggest plant sale of the year! Shop from over 3,000 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 provided by Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. 

field of pink pollinator flowers

Go Public Gardens Days!


Join the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the American Public Gardens Association along with over 500 public gardens across America in celebrating Go Public Gardens Days as a weekend of free, fun activities the whole family can enjoy!

Go Public Gardens is an ongoing, evergreen initiative of the American Public Gardens Association meant to drive the public to visit, value, and volunteer at public gardens in their area and when they travel.