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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.

two people working in garden

Green Stick Workshop

August 22, 2020 | 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

Have you ever bought or received a beautiful orchid, then found yourself wondering how to care for it when you got home? Has your orchid lost its flower and there's not a new bloom in sight? Let members of the Baton Rouge Orchid Society help demystify the practices of growing orchids at home. 

In this virtual Green Stick Workshop, you will learn tips and tricks for how to care for and maintain some of the most popular types of orchids. You will learn how to provide the most favorable conditions for these beautiful plants both inside and outside of your home or office. 

Register online here.

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



Four little girls at Corn Maze sitting on hay bales.

Corn Maze

October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 2020 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tickets this year must be purchased in advance for scheduled 2-hour time experiences here!

This year's theme is "Harvest Some Happiness". 

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!

Due to COVID-19 and state mandate, masks must be worn at all areas where social distancing is not possible. 

Admission is $15 per person and free for children 3 and under. Friends of the Gardens family memberships receive 4 free admissions for 2 Corn Maze sessions.  To get your member tickets, please email for more information. 

 wine basket with painting and rose arrangement

Wine & Roses: A Remote Raffle Affair

September 14th - November 23, 2020  

Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invite you to Wine and Roses: A Remote Raffle Affair. We have added a special twist to our annual Wine and Roses fundraiser by incorporating a virtual raffle. 

The Friends of the Garden have designed 20 themed baskets. Each basket has 2 wine glasses, a bottle of wine and a bouquet of roses. In addition, each basket will include a variety of items to go with their theme, such as a Birding Basket,  a Louisiana Artists Basket, a Picnic at Burden Basket, and a Wellness Basket just to name a few.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit back, sip some wine, and support the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens! 

Purchase raffle tickets here!


forest during the day time.


Forest Bathing

September - December 2020

Shirin-Yoku, as it is called in Japan, literally translates to Forest Bathing. When we immerse ourselves in the forest and experience its sights, sounds, aromas, and textures, we can often experience a positive benefit for our mind, body, and spirit.

Scott Courtright, Arborist and owner of Trinity Trees, will lead the therapeutic session that will begin under the pavilion. As the leader of the session, Scott will position individuals in strategic locati9ons that will encourage a connection with the natural settings of the LSU AgCenter Botanice Gardens. Participants will be encouraged to journal, meditate, internally connect, and shed stress and anxiety that permeate all our bodies, minds, and spirits. Sign up here to register for Forest Bathing!

poinsettia flowers

Poinsettia Sale

November 28, 2020 | 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 Orangerie and Pavilion Saturday, November 28, 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 varities of poinsettias!

people planting trees

Arbor Day

January 23, 2021 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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!

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Student paints a Byzantine Icon

Byzantine Icon Workshop 

February 22 - 26, 2021 | 9 a.m. - 4:30 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 joing the Iconographers and create an idividual piece of meaningful art. No previous artistic skill or experience is required!

All proceed benefit the Friends of the Gardens to furthere the implementation of the Botanic Gardens Master Plan. Email to check for availability. 


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 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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.  

purple orchid


Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show 

July 11, 2021 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and July 12, 2020 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.