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Birding at Burden

One Saturday a month | 7 - 9 a.m.

Did you know 320 species of birds have been recorded in and around Burden, including common species, such as northern mockingbirds and ruby-throated hummingbirds, seven different woodpeckers, waterfowl and wading birds, and a variety of resident migratory songbirds?

Grab your birding gear and join us bright and early to catch a glimpse of some of these species on a two-hour guided tour led by different birding specialists through the birding loops at Burden.

Admission is $10. The capacity for each excursion is limited to 15 guests. Click any of the dates below to register for that date.

2022 Spring/Summer dates:


Orchid Show & Sale

Saturday, July 9, 2022 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, July 10, 2022 |  10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Baton Rouge Orchid Society's Annual Show & Sale offers stunning visual displays from multiple Orchid Societies across the Gulf Coast, affordable sale plants from five local vendors, expert growing advice, and even the chance to win one of several raffle plants! Guests are welcome to bring their own orchids to have them professionally re-potted, free of charge. This event is free and open to the public, & located in the Ione Burden Conference Center. Visit the Baton Rouge Orchid Society website for more details!

adult reading to children

StoryTime in the Garden

Watch StoryTime in the Garden Videos!

One Saturday a month, we get together to listen to storybook readings and flex our creative muscles! Young children will have a blast interacting with other kids, making arts and crafts, and listening to stories. Little ones also receive a book to take home with them. Every half hour, we switch between stories and crafts to keep young children interested and engaged. Best suited for children ages 3-8, but children of all ages are welcome! The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and admission is free! No registration is required. 

2022 Dates

  • September 10 at the Pavilion
  • October 1 at Corn Maze (Must purchase Corn Maze ticket to enter October StoryTime.)
  • November 12 at the Pavilion
  • December 3 at the Pavilion
Corn Maze at Burden. Every Saturday in October. Tickets available at LSU AgCenter logo. Nutrien AgSolutions logo.

Corn Maze

Every Saturday in October 2022

Corn Maze at Burden is celebrating its' 11th year in Baton Rouge with more family fun than ever!

Join us as we open our fields and crank up our tractors to usher in the Fall season with some safe crazy mazy outdoor fun.

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Night Maze & Bonfire

October 29, 2022 | 6 - 9 p.m.

Don't stay home this Halloween! Grab your costumes, glow sticks, and flash lights and head on over Night Maze. At our family-friendly Night Maze you can take a stroll through the corn maze, roast marshmallows by the bonfire, climb the hay mountain, go for a "swim" in the corn crib, play awesome games, and dance to live music! 

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Wine and Roses Rambler

November 13, 2022 | Noon - 2 p.m.

The Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden invite you to ramble through the Gardens!

Stroll through the gardens as you savor gourmet hors d'oeuvres and desserts, fine wines and specialty cocktails. Enjoy live music from the Civic Orchestra of Baton Rouge, a wine toss, and a fabulous surprise raffle.

Fanciful garden party attire is encouraged! Food will be provided by the Gilded Artichoke and desserts by Nannette Mayhall. Seafood provided by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board

General Admission TIckets are $100 per person. Friends member tickets are $90 per person. Raffle tickets are $10 each, and wine toss tickets are $20 each.

Tickets will be available September 2022.

red poinsettias

Poinsettia Sale

November 26, 2022 

It's not Christmas in Louisiana without our Burden Poinsettias! Over 20 varieties of locally-grown Poinsettias will be on display and available for sale at the Botanic Gardens greenhouse. The botanic gardens evaluates Poinsettia varieties developed by breeders worldwide and they will be exclusively sold at the annual show and sale. A limited number of each variety are available so arrive on time so that you don't miss out on these rare varieties of Poinsettias!

two girls help young boy plant a tree

Arbor Day 

January 2023

Embrace your inner tree-hugger at Arbor Day! There will be tree climbing, a scavenger hunt, ax throwing, and even a chance to meet Smokey the Bear (don't worry, he's not a real bear). You can even plant your very own tree in the Burden Woods and track its growth using GPS coordinates! The trees you plant help reforest the Burden Woods after previous hurricane seasons. We will also have a variety of native trees for sale!

woman painting

Icon Painting Workshop

February 2023

Th Icon Workshop is a thoughtful and meditative week-long retreat focusing on traditional painting techniques that date back 2,000 years. The workshop is led by trained Iconographers in the Ione Burden Conference Center. No artistic skill or previous painting experience is required, and all materials are provided by Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. You are also welcome to bring your own brushes, Ott light, or wet pallet if you prefer. Coffee and lunch are provided daily. 

Email for more information.

White camellia

Camellia Show & Sale

February 2023

Shop from over one hundred camellia selections for your garden, or take a look through the exhibit of award-winning camellias grown by the Baton Rouge Camellia Society and by gardeners like you! Many of these camellias have been meticulously propagated from the expansive camellia collections at the Botanic Gardens. The Camellia Society will also offer planting and management advice, a grafting demonstration and a waxing demonstration.

people buying herbs at the sale

Herb Day

February 2023

Herb Day is the perfect place to start an herb garden or refresh one you've already established! Herb Day is an educational outdoor gardening event and plant sale hosted by the Baton Rouge Unit of the Herb Society of America. Join us to shop thousands of healthy herbs and All American Selections vegetable plants.

plants at the sale

Master Gardener Plant Sale

March 2023

Join us for the biggest plant sale of the year! Shop from over 3,000 homegrown perennials and annuals specifically selected by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners for success in your garden. The EBR Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale raises money to support the educational activities provided by Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens.

field of pink pollinator flowers

Go Public Gardens Days!

May 2023 

Join the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the American Public Gardens Association along with over 500 public gardens across America in celebrating Go Public Gardens Days. We have a weekend full of fun activities for everyone!

Go Public Gardens is an ongoing, evergreen initiative of the American Public Gardens Association meant to drive the public to visit, value, and volunteer at public gardens in their area and when they travel.