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.

Click here to see a map of Burden Museum and Gardens

Click here to see a map of the Master Plan for the future.

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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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Reflections and Visions Newsletters

Summer 2015
Spring 2015
Winter 2015
Fall 2014

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What’s Cooking @ Burden Series
Culinary Cooking Classes at the Botanic Gardens

Picnic at the Pavilion

Bring your blanket and picnic basket and enjoy our barbecue, wine, beer and music
Friday, Aug 28
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cost: $20/adult, $10/children ages 4-13,
 under 4 free
 limited seating available,
Click here for Eventbrite tickets 

Presented by LSU AgCenter & Culinard (The Culinary Institute at Virginia College)

Reflections in the Garden

September 14
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Free for Members,
$10 for Non-members

Plants A-Z
(26 Wanda-Proven Louisiana Favorites)

Wanda Chase
Brush with Burden
Call for Entries for 2016 Juried Art Exhibit
Click here for instructions and more information


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:
  Kerry Hawkins, Chair   Scott Courtright   Connie Abboud
John Hough, Vice Chair
  Sherry Eubanks
  Leslie Bardwell
  Martha Rome, Treasurer
  Judy Foil   Annette Barton
  Aline Creed, Secretary   Kathryn Hessburg
  Margaret Blades
      Simone Kramer
  Ginnie Bolin
      Eilleen (Missy) Jones
  Lauren Buckholtz
      Doreen Maxcy
  Jeanne Clement
      John McCarthy   Mary Jane Howell
      Mitzi Miller
  Kay Martin
      Barbara Quirk
  Penny Miller
  Mike Ruth
  Frances Monroe

  Lorice Say
  John Monroe
      Peggy Scott
  Cary Saurage

Diana Wells

Susan Severance
  Mary Tauzin
        Malcolm Tucker
      Dr. Jeff Kuehny, Ex-Officio Director
      Len Kilgore, Ex-Officio Director
      Dr. John Russin, Liaison to LSU AgCenter

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