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.

Join us...

Become a Member
  (Membership perks include free or discounted admission to over 250 member gardens of the American Horticulture Society.)
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Join our Facebook Fan Page

Help us...

Volunteer Opportunities
Donate to the Cause
  At "Gift 1 Donation For:"
   Line 1:  Select “LSU Ag Center”,
   Line 2:  Select “Burden Horticulture Society”
   Line 3:  Enter "Trees and Trails" or other interest (optional)

Newsletters and Press Releases

Spring 2014
Winter 2014
Fall 2013
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Gourmet in the Gardens:
A Progressive Dinner

April 25, 6:30 p.m - 9:30 p.m.
Local food, local chefs, music
Presented in union with the Louisiana Culinary Institute. Proceeds benefit the Culinary Institute and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
Tickets are $60 in advance and include dinner, local beverages and live music. Tickets are $70 at the door.
Click here to buy tickets in advance:
Click here for more information


Photography Workshop
May 3, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Ken Wilson, Dr. Charles Allen, & Jeff McMillian
Focusing on plant photography
$60 (includes lunch)

Click her for more information

Click here for Registration Form



Southern Region Master Gardener Conference
October 21 - 24, 2014
Baton Rouge Crowne Plaza

Click here for early registration

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 Council:
  Barbara Quirk, Chair   Scott Courtright   Leslie Bardwell
  Mary Jane Howell, Treasurer   Ron Dunham   Ginnie Bolin
  Aline Creed, Secretary   Sherry Eubanks   Jeanne Clements
      Judy Foil   Gigi Gauthier
      Kerry Hawkins   Dr. Pat Hegwood
      Kathryn Hessburg   Barbara Laudun
      Leonard Kilgore   Penny Miller
      Simone Kramer   Frances Monroe
      Kay Martin   John Monroe
      John McCarthy   Mark Murrell
      Doreen Maxcy   Cary Saurage
      Mitzi Miller   Susan Severance
      Martha Rome   Mary Tauzin
      Emily Stich   Malcolm Tucker
      Erin Tadie    
      Diana Wells    
      Dr. Jeff Kuehny, Ex-Officio Director    
      Annette Barton, Ex-Officio Director    
      Dr. John Russin, Liaison to LSU Ag Center    

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