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Story Time

May 6, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Story Time story time

Parents, bring your children to the garden for a special reading.

Parents with children ages 3 through 8 are invited to join in the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Registration is not required.  The event is free of charge.




Children's Garden Activities

May 20, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Children's Activities

Fruit and Vegetable Lab. What is a fruit and what is a vegetable?

Is there really a difference? Sort, plant, eat and take home edibles for your own yard. 

This month's program is a part of the Children's Garden Series hosted by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners. Enjoy hands-on activities with your children on Saturday mornings  from 9 to 11am at the Ione Burden Conference Center. Activities are age appropriate for 6 to 12 year olds.

Each event will require a small fee of $15 per child, and an adult must accompany each child. Children will receive snacks and a neat garden take-home crafts!

Attendance is limited to 20 - 30 children for each session. Make your reservation by contacting Angie Wall at

Future programs:

  • Sat June 24 2017 –Native Trees. Trees are an important part of our environment. Take a nature hike with us as we discover which trees are native to Louisiana and the United States and which have travelled many miles to live here.
  • Sat Sept 30 2017 – Bees/ Plants to Attract Pollinators to Your Yard. Gardens are living spaces with more than just plant life growing. Discover the sounds and sights of insects that help us tend to our garden. Make a mason bee house to bring home. 


Garden Fest

June 17, 2017 - 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

MG Plant Sale

Garden Fest focuses on locally grown and produced foods and beverages. Garden and trial plot tours and food sampling will be featured, along with fun, family activities, such as hay rides to the trial gardens and testing of new vegetable varieties.  Many of our partnering garden organization will offer booths with products for sale and demonstrations.  Fun summer activities will be available for the children.




Byzantine Icon Workshop

June 26 - 30, 2017


The workshop will teach participants to paint an icon of
"The Virgin of Vladimir."

Classes are held in the Ione Burden Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.  No art experience is required.  All materials are included in the course fee.

Registration is $350 per workshop.  Call 225-763-3990 to reserve your seat.


Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show

July 8-9, 2017

MG Plant Sale

The show features displays of various gulf coast orchid societies and by the vendors who will be selling orchid plants and supplies. Orchid Society members will be on hand to offer expert advice on orchid culture. Other Show features potting demonstrations. The show is open to the public with free admission.






Corn Maze

October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2017 - 10 AM - 5 PM

Corn Maze

Find your way out of the Corn Maze, paint a pumpkin, visit the Red Barn Petting Zoo, enjoy a hayride, climb the straw mountain, play in the corn box and more! Featuring our most popular attraction, a children's zipline!

Admission -- $10 Free for children 3 and younger

Night Maze

Night Maze and Bonfire

October 28, 2017 - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bring the family and enjoy an evening bonfire, corn dogs, s'mores and live music. Costumes are welcomed. 

Admission -- $10 Free for children 3 and younger.




Wine & Roses

October 2017 - 6 p.m.

Wine & Roses

Share a magical night of dining under the stars at the Burden Horticulture Society annual fundraising event.

Cocktails and Hors' d'oeuvres under The Pavilion starting at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner in the Rose Garden starting at 7:00 p.m.

Call 225-763-3990, Ext. 6 for reservations.



Poinsettia Sale

December 1, 2017- 8 am to noon

Poinsettia Sale


Burden's Poinsettias are special!

Our Poinsettias are selected from years of research and buyers' favorites. They are carefully nurtured and are assured to be sturdy and healthy plants to last your holiday season. Stock up to decorate your home or office.  Poinsettias also make wonderful holiday gifts! 




Arbor Day

January 2018 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Arbor Day


Plant a family tree and make a memory.

Celebrate Arbor Day and learn more about trees and their uses at this family-friendly event. Activities include: family tree planting, a scavenger hunt in the Burden Woods, Story Time, children's tree climbing, a visit with Smokey Bear, hayrides and more...




Camellia Society Sale

February, 2018

Camellia Society


The annual Camellia Show and Sale features camellia flowers from around the state along with the current award winners. Various camellia varieties grown by the Camellia Society will be available to purchase  The event is held at the Rural Life Museum. 






Herb Day

March 2018 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Herb Day

Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Unit of the Herb Society of America, this event offers a fantastic opportunity to get some relief from our individual cases of Nature Deficit Disorder and to generally have a great day outside!

Proceeds support the Herb Garden at the Botanic Gardens at Burden.






Brush with Burden

March 2018

Brush with Burden

Come celebrate Louisiana's talented artists as a sponsor of the seventh annual Brush with Burden art exhibition. A juried multimedia exhibition, Brush with Burden features all types of art inspired by Louisiana's natural beauty, flora and fauna.








Master Gardener Plant Sale

Spring 2018 - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

MG Plant Sale

Select from over 5,000 homegrown perennials (and a few annuals) specifically selected by the EBR Master Gardeners for success in your garden!

The EBR Master Gardener annual spring plant sale raises money to support both the education and benevolent activities of Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.  The sale includes thousands of plants in hundreds of varieties of landscape ornamentals.  Activities that are supported by the funds raised during this plant sale are plant health clinics, school gardens, educational classes for the community and various other children's programs.

See the 2017 Flyer

The Plant Sale website lets you browse our selections in advance of the sale with images and specifications on the available varieties.





Gourmet in the Garden

April 20, 2017 - 6 - 9 p.m.

Gourmet in the Garden

Start with some of your closest friends.

Stroll through the gardens and savor the best local flavors from Baton Rouge chefs.

Mix the delicious cuisine with signature cocktails from the city's most creative mixologists.

Shake it up with a little music and dancing under the stars. And you have an extraordinary evening infused with laughter, good friends and good times.

Limited tickets are available at

All the proceeds from this event go towards education programs at the Botanic Gardens and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation. Click here for more information. 






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