Adult Educational Programs

Reflections in the Garden

Reflections in the Garden is a monthly "lunch and learn" speaker event where local specialists offer a variety of garden-related tips and tricks! We have a great lineup of green-thumbed speakers planned for the coming year. Due to limited seating, registration is required, and tickets are free to Friends of the Garden Members, $10 for non-members. Reflections takes place in-person at the Ione Burden Conference Center and online via Microsoft Teams. 

Interested in becoming a Friend of the Gardens? All Friends members gain free entry to Reflections in the Garden, as well as gain access to over 300 public gardens across the country! Varying membership levels offer even more perks you won't want to miss! Become a Friend of the Gardens today. You can also join our mailing list to receive reminders about our upcoming classes! Recordings of our 2020 lecture series are available  to Friends of the Garden Members! 

2022 Reflections Calendar

Date Event

January 3

"The Louisiana Governor's Mansion and Gardens" with Jennifer Gomez, Governor's Mansion Coordinator

February 7

"Urban Farms" with Anna Timmerman, Assistant Horticulture Extension Agent 

March 7

"The Gardens of Rosedown Plantation" with Trish Aleshire, Rosedown Plantation's Park Manager  

April 4

"Southern Arrangements for Your Eastertime Table" with James DelPrince, Assistant Professor of Department of Coastal Research at MSU 

May 2

"Botanical Garden Birds and a Spring Walk on the Burden Birding Loops" with Ashley Long, Assistant Wildlife Ecology Professor at LSU 

June 6

"The Pitot House and Gardens" with Jenny Dyer, Landscape Architect Rene' Franzen and House and Garden Manager 

July 11

"Vegetable Garden at Angola" with Colonel Roland Sylvester, assistant warden, Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola

August 1

"Serene Gardens for Meditation and Reflection" with Wanda Chase, President of Imahara's Landscape Co. 

September 12

 "The Crosby Arboretum and Pinecote Pavilion" with Patricia R. Drackett, Director of Crosby Arboretum & Assistant Professor at MSU

October 3

"Baskets and Pots of Kitchen Gardens" with Kathryn Fontenot, Associate Professor at the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences at LSU AgCenter

November 7

"Forcing Bulbs for Holiday Decor and Lovely Gifts'" with Heather Kirt-Ballard, Assistant Professor at the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences at LSU AgCenter

December 5

"Creating Herbal Holiday Gifts" with Cynthia Nobles, cookbook editor for LSU Press 

butterfly on flower

Common Butterflies Found in the Pollinator Garden

Learn more about the butterflies that visit our Pollinator Garden here at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and in surrounding areas! Butterflies are attracted to the nectar in flowers, which they use as an energy source. If host plant(s) specific to the butterflies are available in the gardens, the butterflies may deposit eggs on the leaves of their host plants. The caterpillars, also known as larvae, can feed on the leaves and at some point pupate, and emerge as an adult butterfly.

field of purple pollinator flowers

Louisiana Native Pollinator Trees

Dr. Chrissy Mogren

Landscaping trees into your yard provides numerous benefits such as shade, improving drainage, and habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. While bees are adapted to life in prairies as opposed to forests, they can still utilize resources provided by flowering trees when incorporated into a pollinator-oriented landscape. In addition to providing floral food resources, native trees are also host plants to a number of beautiful native butterflies and moths. As you walk through Trees & Trails, keep an eye out for signs indicating which trees provide important resources for Louisiana native bees, butterflies, and moths!

trees and trails path

Trees & Trails

Enjoy approximately three miles of trails on a hike or leisurely stroll along interactive walking paths through an urban forest and a boardwalk through wetlands in the heart of Baton Rouge. The trails are open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. seven days a week for self-guided exploration. 

Map of trails

purple flowers

Gardening Organizations

Various gardening organizations provide educational and work sessions for members and the general public.  Memberships may be required for some activities.  Check the calendar of events to see when these groups are meeting.

bee on a sunflower

Citizen Scientists


Citizen scientists are individuals from all walks of life: gardeners, nature enthusiasts, students, educators, and the general public, who would like to share their observations about nature and local ecology as part of a collaborative project with scientists and the global community. The data submitted by citizen scientists is analyzed and makes it possible for researchers to answer critical questions in ecology and conservation.

bluebird eggs

Birding at Burden

Our goal is to provide you with information about our birding loops and links to resources that will enhance your birding experience. Our birding brochure, Birding at Burden, is located inside the Ione Burden Conference and Information Center and inside the Rural Life Museum Visitors Center. The brochure has a detailed map and legend of the six birding loops, images of birds, descriptions about each of the loops, and a bird species list to see what time of year each bird species is most likely to occur at Burden. The numbers next to each species correspond to our numbered birding loops.