The Burden Horticulture Society (BHS) is a non-profit organization of people interested in participating in and supporting LSU AgCenter's Botanic Gardens at Burden, located at 4560 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge, 70809. The purpose of BHS is education, fund raising, and assisting in the promotion and development of the Burden Center.

Our educational programs include Project Learning Tree and monthly lectures; our promotional activities include art and music events, hayride tours, Arbor day, and a fun family weekend in the fall.  The gardens and Trees and Trails are open to the public year round.

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Membership perks includes free admission to Reflections in the Garden and free or discounted admission to over 250 member gardens of the American Horticulture Society.  Membership is $40/individual and $50/family.

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Gourmet in the Garden

Friday, May 1, 2015
7 - 10 pm

Guest enjoy creations from local restaurants in a lush green setting with music and blooms.  This is a progressive dinner in the garden and features award winning chefs and students from the Louisiana Culinary Institute.  Sample original cocktails by Baton Rouge's top mixologists.

Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the door.
Tickets available at or call LSU AgCenter at 225.763.3990

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Reflections in the Garden

Monday, May 4, 2015

Noon - 1PM

The LSU Lakes Project: Reclaiming Nature in an Urban Setting

Jeffrey Carbo, PLA, ASLA

Award winning landscape architect and LSU alum, Jeffrey Carbo will be discussing the changes being discussed at the LSU and City Park Lakes so that it is more environmentally sustainable and appealing to visitors.  Join us in discussing the future of the lakes and what Baton Rouge can do to help preserve this gem near the LSU campus.


Vision:   Mission:
Burden Horticultural Society will be a strategic partner in fulfilling the goals of the Burden Center Master Plan, including developing garden collections that reflect the heritage of south Louisiana and establishing focused gardens; greenhouses; and training and support facilities that will provide a complete horticultural education experience for the general public.   In concert with the Burden Center Master Plan, the mission of BHS is to enhance and promote the Burden Center and its serene environment for the benefit of the public through educational programs, fundraising, and volunteerism.

BHS Board:
Officers: Directors: Advisory Committee:
  Kathryn Hessburg, Chair   Scott Courtright   Annette Barton
Kerry Hawkins, Vice Chair
  Sherry Eubanks
  Leslie Bardwell
  Martha Rome, Treasurer
  Judy Foil   Ginnie Bolin
  Aline Creed, Secretary   John Hough   Jeanne Clement
      Eilleen (Missy) Jones   Mary Jane Howell
      Simone Kramer
  Kay Martin
      Doreen Maxcy
  Penny Miller
      John McCarthy   Frances Monroe
      Mitzi Miller
  John Monroe
      Barbara Quirk
  Cary Saurage
  Mike Ruth
  Susan Severance

  Lorice Say
  Malcolm Tucker
      Peggy Scott
  Mary Tauzin

Diana Wells

      Dr. Jeff Kuehny, Ex-Officio Director
      Len Kilgore, Ex-Officio Director
      Dr. John Russin, Liaison to LSU Ag Center

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