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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Reflections in the Garden

 July 6
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Free for Members,
$10 for Non-members

Red Stick Farmers' Market:
Local Farms and Food
Copper Alvarez

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   Connie Abboud
Kerry Hawkins, Vice Chair
  Sherry Eubanks
  Leslie Bardwell
  Martha Rome, Treasurer
  Judy Foil   Annette Barton
  Aline Creed, Secretary   John Hough   Margaret Blades
      Eilleen (Missy) Jones   Ginnie Bolin
      Simone Kramer
  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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