Steele Burden designed the Barton Arboretum in memory of Scott Duchein Barton, a close friend and founding member of the Burden Foundation.
The arboretum is enclosed by spruce pine and has a circular drive through live oaks which memorialize friends and dignitaries who over the years made significant contributions to the AgCenter. Native trees were planted among the pines and a small pond provides a setting for quiet reflection. Included in the arboretum are the James Wandersee Palmetto Walk and the Early American Camellia Collection.
The James Wandersee Palmetto Walk was designed by Dr. James H. Wandersee and Dr. Renee Clary in Spring 2005. The walk, using best signage practices researched by EarthScholars Research Group™, was developed with educational stations detailing historical and botanical facts about this Louisiana native plant.
The Early American Camellia Collection was implemented in 2016 through a contribution from the we received funding from the Lamar Family Foundation. This garden features many of the first camellias brought to the United States prior to 1900 and used in gardens across the country. The intent of this garden is to preserve the horticulture history of these camellia so that future generations will come to know the beginnings from which the modern varieties are derived. Florence Crowder, a camellia expert known worldwide, has spent many years conducting extensive research to locate catalogues and documents containing the needed information on these camellias bringing the cuttings back to the United States for this collection.
Steele Burden's signature landscapes always included a water feature. The soil from the Barton Arboretum Pond enhances the topography of the area. An abundance of plants line the pond including beautiful Louisiana irises and thalias. This serene space has a gazebo overlooking the water feature.
The arboretum is located at the end of the oak alley just past the Rural Life Museum. It can also be accessed on foot using our Trees and Trails paths in the Burden Woods.
THIS SERENE AREA IS
DEDICATED TO THE BELOVED
SCOTT DUCHEIN BARTON
MARCH 11, 1911
OCTOBER 24, 1991
LET THOSE WHO WONDER THROUGH
GIVE A MOMENTS THOUGHT TO THEIR LOVED ONES
AND SEEK TO LEAVE THE WORLD
BETTER FOR HAVING LIVED IN IT
The following is a current list of memorialized oaks at Burden Center’s Barton Arboretum:
Elda Katherine G. Bradberry, Jan 29, 1949 – November 3, 1998. Wife of Joe Bradberry
supporter of the LSU AgCenter.