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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Summer 2016
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Winter 2015
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"Louisiana's Cultural Heritage"
Randy Harelson -
Artist, Writer, Horticulturist, Educator
  Monday, October 3, 2016
Noon - 1 p.m.

BHS Members free,
$10 for non-members 

Bring your lunch, drinks provided


Corn/Hay Maze - Festival, Saturdays, and Night Maze in October

Climb the Hay Mountain, Paint Pumpkins, Visit the Petting Zoo, Ride the zip line and hayride, and more

Click here for details

 Wine and Roses Dinner in the Rose Gardens

October 12, 2016
6 pm:  Cocktails
7 pm:  Dinner
$100 for BHS Members reserving before Oct. 1
$125 for non-members and reservations after Oct. 1
Click here for Invitation & more information
Click here for RSVP Card

Brush with Burden 2017
 Art Exhibition

Call for Entries
Deadline:  Jan. 20, 2017
Click here for 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:
  John Hough, Chair  
Leo Broders Connie Abboud
Eilleen (Missy) Jones, Vice Chair
      Scott Courtright
Leslie Bardwell
  Martha Rome, Treasurer
      Sherry Eubanks Annette Barton
  Aline Creed, Secretary       Judy Foil
Margaret Blades
          Kerry Hawkins
Ginnie Bolin
          Kathryn Hessburg
Lauren Buckholtz
          Simone Kramer
Jeanne Clement
          Doreen Maxcy Mary Jane Howell
          John McCarthy
Kay Martin
          Kathleen Meares
Penny Miller
      Mitzi Miller
Frances Monroe

      Cynthia Nobles
John Monroe
          Richard Oliver
Cary Saurage

Barbara Quirk
Susan Severance
          Mike Ruth

          Lorice Say

          Peggy Scott
          Mary Tauzin  
          Diana Wells  
          Dr. Jeff Kuehny, Ex-Officio Director
          Len Kilgore, Liaison to Burden Foundation  
          Dr. John Russin, Liaison to LSU AgCenter

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