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 include free or discounted admission to over 250 member gardens of the American Horticulture Society.)
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Volunteer Opportunities

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Newsletters and Press Releases

Spring 2014
Winter 2014
Fall 2013
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Reflections in the Garden
Monday, September 8th
Topic:  History of Rural Life Museum
Speaker:  David Floyd


Harvest Days & Corn Maze
Sat., Sept 27 & Sun. Sept 28


Byzantine Icon Workshop
Nov. 3 –7, 2014

Click here for more information and 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:
  Kathryn Hessburg, Chair   Scott Courtright   Leslie Bardwell
Kerry Hawkins, Vice Chair
  Ron Dunham   Ginnie Bolin
  Martha Rome, Treasurer
  Sherry Eubanks   Jeanne Clements
  Aline Creed, Secretary   Judy Foil   John Hough
      Mary Jane Howell
  Penny Miller
      Leonard Kilgore
  Frances Monroe
      Simone Kramer   John Monroe
      Kay Martin
  Mark Murrell
      Doreen Maxcy
  Mike Ruth
      John McCarthy
  Cary Saurage
  Mitzi Miller   Susan Severance
  Barbara Quirk   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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