Additional 2017 Events

Arbor Day at Burden - Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Burden Woods. Help reforest the woods by planting a tree.  Then, visit with Smokey Bear, enjoy Story time, a scavenger hunt and more. Admission charged.  Children 3 and under get in free.   

StoryTime – Monthly, in spring  9-11 a.m.  Jan. 16, Feb. 11, March 4, & April 1.  LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens (Orangerie). Storybook readings and imagination-themed activities for children ages 3 to 8. Last reading begins at 10:30 a.m. StoryTime is sponsored by the Junior League of Baton Rouge.  Free admission.

Brush With Burden Seminar – March 11, 9 a.m.-noon, “100 years of Painting in My Family Lineage” from the book, “Chatov,” presented by Marc Chatov. Ione Burden Conference Center. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  

Brush With Burden Reception and Exhibition – Reception: March 11, 4-6 p.m., Ione Burden Conference Center and Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie.  The public is invited to view works inspired by Southern sights, as well as to participate in an opening reception, in this national juried exhibition of local and regional artists’ works.  Art sales benefit the Burden Horticulture Society.  Exhibition: March 12-19, 1-4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Ione Burden Conference Center and Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie.  Free admission.

East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Plant Sale – March 25, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Choose from a variety of flowers, herbs, trees, shrubs and other plants.

Gourmet in the Garden – April 20, 6-9 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, held in conjunction with the Louisiana Culinary Institute. Join us for what’ trending in innovative dining, and also for music and dancing among the blooms and under the stars. Admission charged, see lsu.edu/botanic–gardens.

 Icon Workshop—June 26-30 Ione Burden conference Center   Participants will be instructed in the art form of iconography and will each produce a Byzantine icon of Mother of Tenderness.  Admission is $350 and includes the cost of all materials, limited enrollment of 20 per workshop. 

Garden Fest at Burden – June 17, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. The fest focuses on locally grown and locally produced foods and beverages, with tastes from LSU food incubators.  Tours of trial gardens and food samples from the fields will be featured, along with fun, family activities. Admission charged. Children 3 and younger get in free. 

Corn Maze Festival – Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens (in the corn field near the LSU Rural Life Museum).  Take a walk through the Corn Maze, climb the hay mountain, pet the farm animals or join us on the hayride. Paint a pumpkin or gourd to take home, and try your hand at the giant slingshots or the kids’ zipline.  Concessions available. Admission charged. Children 3 and under get in free.  

Corn Maze Saturdays – Oct. 14 & 21, 10 a.m,-5 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens (in the corn field near the LSU Rural Life Museum).  Take a walk through the Corn Maze, climb hay mountain, try the giant slingshot or the kids’ zip line, or join us on the hayride. Paint a pumpkin and pet the farm animals.  Concessions available.  Admission charged. Children 3 and under get in free. 

Wine and Roses – Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m. Experience the sweet scent of  roses  in bloom, the pleasant air of fall, fine wine and gourmet cuisine.  This annual gala celebrates volunteers, donors and sponsors of the Burden Horticulture Society and the Botanic Gardens.   Admission charged with a discount for Burden Horticulture Society members reserving by Oct. 1. 

Night Maze – Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Come in costume and enjoy the extended hours with a bonfire, s’mores and music after dark. Admission charged. Children 3 and younger get in free. 

Poinsettia Show and Sale – Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-noon. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens (Greenhouse). Choose fresh poinsettias from  a wide selection of varieties and take a peek at our poinsettia Christmas tree in the lobby of the Ione Burden Conference Center.  Tell us about your favorite variety. 

​2017 Reflections in the Garden Lectures
   1st Monday each Month, Noon-1 M
    $10 (Free for members)

Monthly talks about gardening topics, pertinent to the season.  Bring your lunch; drinks provided.
Ione Burden Conference Center

Jan. 9  Louisiana Live Oaks: The 100 Oak  Project
             William Guion
             Live Oak Society
 
Feb. 6  Super Plants
             Dr. Dan Gill
             Associate Professor, the LSU AgCenter
                    School of Horticulture
 
March 6  LSU AgCenter Vegetable Variety Trial
                     Updates
                  Dr. Kiki Fontenot
                  Assistant Professor, the LSU AgCenter
                     School of Horticulture
 
April 3     Azaleas for Every Season
                 Peggy Cox
                 Azalea Society of America
 
May 1       Pollinator Gardening & Bees   
                 Dr. Crissy Morgan
                 Post Doc with LSU AgCenter, Department
                     of Entomology

June 5    Weed Control for Lawns and Landscapes
                Dr. Ron Strahan  
                Associate Professor, the LSU AgCenter
                   School of Plant Environmental & Soil
                   Sciences
 
July 10    Cooking Up LA Treasures: Delicious Ways
                     to Prepare Local Summer Produce
                Chef Celeste Gill
                Chef Celeste’s Bistro
 
Aug. 7    Southern Living Plants
                 Buddy Lee
                 Southern Living, Consulting Plantsman
 
Sept. 11   Maples and Small Ornamental Trees
                 Dr. Allen Owings
                 Director of the LSU AgCenter Hammond
                   Research Center
 
Oct. 2      Fruit Trees for the Home Landscape
                 Dr. Charlie Johnson
                 Professor Emeritus, the LSU AgCenter
                   School of Plant Environmental & Soil
                    Sciences
 
Nov. 6    Southern Landscape Design
                Michael Hopping
                Landscape Architect
 
Dec. 4    Pet Friendly Yards
               Susan Teddlie
               Louisiana Master Gardener