COVID 19 Updates

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, in accordance with LSU AgCenter directives, local, state and federal requirements shall take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19. 

The Botanic Gardens will be open as of May 18.

Burden Museum & Gardens Reopening Guidelines: 

  • Beginning May 18 we will resume normal hours of operation: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

  • Visitors are encouraged to wear masks and cautioned about maintaining physical distancing.

  •  Information Center, restrooms and Botanic Garden offices as well as the Children’s Garden Pollinator Playground will remain closed.

  • LSU Rural Life Museum outdoor portions and Windrush Garden are open to walk-in visitors and families in groups of fewer than 10. Special reduced museum admission of $6 per person is in effect.

  • Photographers are required to schedule sessions four days in advance. Contact for appointments.

  • Facilities rental tours must be scheduled in advance.

  • Tour groups and rentals remain postponed until further notice.

Changes to scheduled programs and events

The following events have been cancelled:


Trees and Trails Field Trips | Spring 2020

All weddings and private, third-party events will not be allowed to go on at the Botanic Gardens until further notice. 

The following events have been postponed:

East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Plant Sale | Postponed until March 27, 2021

Gourmet in the Garden | Postponed until April 15, 2021

Green Stick Workshop (A new date will be forthcoming.)


For information on Private Events at the Botanic Gardens please contact Katie Guitreau at (225) 763-3990 ext. 2.

For information on LSU Rural Life Museum events and activities please contact the museum at (225) 765-2347.

This is an evolving situation so please check our website for updates and changes to the Botanic Gardens schedule. During this stressful time we ask for your patience and understanding and hope to make the Botanic Gardens available to our community in the near future. For more information regarding official updates from LSU please visit