The Botanic Gardens at Burden is a unique part of the LSU AgCenter in that it conducts
both research and outreach on horticultural, agronomic, coastal and wetlands plants
as part of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service. In
line with our Mission, our research explores the subjects of Food and Fiber and Ornamental, Turf and Coastal horticulture.
Sweet potato researchers at the Botanic Gardens are studying host-plant resistance
to sweet potato weevils and banded cucumber beetles. Other research includes screening
lines from the AgCenter breeding program for resistance to major diseases and determining
the role of viruses in the decline in yield and quality of sweet potato varieties.
Fruits and vegetables
Other researchers use the facility to evaluate performance of varieties of strawberries,
mayhaws, figs, peaches and pawpaws while vegetable studies include tomato variety
performance and new technologies and practices to improve the profitability for small
and medium-scale fresh-market producers.
Sustainable vegetable production
Sustainable agriculture research includes organic vegetable production, summer and
winter cover crops, production practices and variety trials. Extension demonstration
projects feature field days and organic vegetable production demonstrations.
Ornamental research includes research on production of woody, herbaceous annuals and
perennials and landscape maintenance and management.
The turfgrass research program focuses on erosion control, non-point source pollution
and native grasses. The model garden at the Botanic Gardens will provide Louisiana’s
educators a place to learn about gardening as well as educational and nutritional
activities that tie a garden to the state curriculum. This model garden will also
provide a location for youth related organizations and individual families to experience
outdoor education focusing on vegetable, herb, and butterfly garden plantings. Activities
will be tied to the Louisiana Grade Level Expectations (La GLE’s).
This program's work is based on selection of improved coastal plants for enhanced
establishment and growth to prevent coastal erosion and stabilization of the Gulf
Outreach programing at Burden Center is primarily conducted through the Botanical
Gardens by AgCenter extension personnel and associated organizations. The Garden Fest
at Burden Center is an annual field day for producers and the general public highlighting
the horticulture research conducted at Botanic Gardens.