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visitors choosing herbs to purchase

Herb Day

February 23, 2019 - 8 AM - 2 PM

Herb Day is an educational outdoor and gardening event and sale sponsored by the American Herb Society Baton Rouge Unit. There will be an Herb “Petting Zoo” and other children’s activities to make this event fun for all ages. Herb classes will start at 9:30 a.m. and continue every hour. 

The event is open to the public for free admission.

adult reading to children

StoryTime in the Garden

March 9, 2019 - 9 AM - Noon

StoryTime in the Garden is a creative way of mixing storytelling and imagination with hands on craft activities for children. The program meets one Saturday a month September through April from 9 a.m. - Noon. Children ages 3-8 can enjoy storybook readings and imagination-themed activities every half hour. All children participating in the program must be accompanied by an adult. The last reading begins at 11:30. Registration is not required and admission is free (except in October when StoryTime is associated with Corn Maze activities which has an entrance fee). Our next storytime will be April 13. 

Master Gardener Plant Sale

March 23, 2019 - 8 AM - 2 PM

Shop from over 5,000 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 of the Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens.

Visit the Plant Sale website before the sale to browse the selections with images and specifications on the available varieties.

The event is open to the public for free admission.

See the 2018 Master Gardener Plant Sale Flyer

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

colorful painting of a dog

Paint Your Pet

April 6, 2019 - 9 AM - 11 AM

Guided pet painting class led by Violet Tremblay of Painting and Pinot.  Participants go home with a painted canvas of their pet.  Registration closes on March 30.  $55 per person. 

Register now!

Gourmet in the Garden

April 11, 2019 - 6 PM - 9 PM

Stroll through the gardens and savor the best local flavors from Baton Rouge chefs and creative mixologists! This extraordinary evening challenges local restaurants to compete for the People’s Choice and Juried Awards. Guests will enjoy creations from local restaurants prepared with locally grown products. Gourmet in the Garden is held in the lush green setting of the Rose Garden and Orangerie Garden.

All proceeds from this event go towards education programs at the Botanic Gardens and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation. 

Purchase tickets!

children looking at trees

Children's Garden Festival

May 4, 2019 - 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This program is held for ages 6-12 years old. All children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the event. Register in advance to Angie Wall at A $10 fee is required per car. Participants will receive a snack and a take home craft. Attendance is limited to 30. Topics include vegetable painting, composting, snakes, bees & butterflies, bird feeder stations, planting plants and more.

field of pink pollinator flowers

National Public Gardens Week

May 13-19, 2019 - 9 AM - Noon

Join us and hundreds of gardens across the United States for National Public Gardens Week! Activities for all ages will be themed around the importance of our environment. Educational sessions will take place in the Ione E. Burden Conference Center. Local organizations will provide information on plants. The event is free and open to the public. National Public Gardens Week is a program supported by American Public Gardens Association.

family asking questions about gardening

Garden Fest

June 15, 2019 - 8 AM - 1 PM

Garden Fest is a family friendly festival in the middle of Baton Rouge that promotes locally grown foods. Your family will enjoy fresh morning omelets by the Louisiana Egg Commission, famous Bloody Mary samples by Mason's Grill and local food trucks. Activities for kids include water slides, "Touch-a-Tractor" and hayrides! Don’t miss our education sessions to learn more about gardening, nature and environmental programs in the Conference Center to educate people of all ages. There will be vegetable trials and tastings, “Ask the Expert” plant and gardening tent, and a chance to meet amazing local plant and gardening clubs in Baton Rouge.

Admission is $5 per person and free for children ages 3 and under. Bring your swimsuits and prepare for a fun Saturday at the Botanic Gardens!

purple orchid


Baton Rouge Orchid Society Show

July 13, 2019 - 9 AM - 5 PM | July 14, 2019 - 10 AM - 4 PM

For all of you orchid lovers, orchids are on display and for sale in the Ione Burden Conference Center from vendors across the Gulf Coast! Regional orchid growers and collectors create works of art with the orchids on display.  Orchid supplies will also be sold. Orchid Society members will be available to offer orchid growing and maintenance advice and potting demonstrations to showcase your beautiful orchids.

The event is open to the public for free admission.

view of woman painting icons

Byzantine Icon Workshop

July 22-26, 2019 - 9 AM - 4:30 PM

Experience the unique peace of the Byzantine era through Icon painting. The Byzantine Icon Workshop is a thoughtful and meditative 5 day retreat of traditional painting techniques that dates back 2000 years. If you have a desire for a peaceful, contemplative setting join the Iconographers and create an individual piece of meaningful art. No previous artistic skill or experience is required!

The cost of the workshop is $350 and includes all materials and lunch for 5 days. Materials provided are a specially prepared board, gold leaf, all paints, brushes, and other materials. Participants who have a 13-watt desk Ott Light may bring it for their personal use during the workshop. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Gardens to further the implementation of the Botanic Gardens Master Plan. Please return the icon conference form with the full payment of $350, or a $175 non-refundable deposit, the remaining $175 is due on or before June 2019. If final payments are not received by June, the space will be offered to artists on the waiting list.

Email to reserve your seat in advance due to high demand and limited space.

two girls playing in corn pit

Corn Maze

October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019 - 10 AM - 5 PM

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Corn Maze is a family friendly day of fall fun with numerous farm related activities. Join the crazy mazy fun every Saturday in October with hayrides, zip lining, face painting, Bayou Goula’s Petting Zoo, pumpkin decorating and more! Corn Maze has thousands of visitors each year and is Baton Rouge’s most aMAZEing event!

Enjoy hamburgers, food from local vendors, and corn inspired snacks like corndogs and popcorn. 

Admission is $10 per person and free for children 3 and under. Friends of the Gardens family membership discount: $5 per person. 

people laughing around dinner table

Wine & Roses

October 16, 2019 - 6 PM

Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invite you to dine among the roses for the most beautiful al fresco event of the year! Join us for delicious food and a performance in the sky. Enjoy aerial silks entertainment by members of the Physical Theatre Club of LSU with music by the John Gray Jazz Trio. 

Guests are asked to wear cocktail attire. Tickets are $125. Seating is limited and tickets sell out every year so please reserve your seat in advance. Call (225) 763-3990 ext. 6 for tickets and more information.

marshmallows roasting over a bonfire

Night Maze and Bonfire

October 26, 2019 - 6 PM - 9 PM

Wear your costume and kick off your Halloween celebrations at Night Maze! You won’t find anything spooky or ooky, just more mazy fun with a bonfire, smore’s, live music, and glow in the dark games.

Admission is $10 per person and free for children 3 and under. Friends of the Gardens family membership discount: $5 per person.

birdseye view of poinsettia bundle

Christmas at Burden andPoinsettia Sale

December 7, 2019 - 8 AM - Noon

It’s not Christmas in South Louisiana without coming to the poinsettia display and sale at the Botanic Gardens. Join us for our annual, one day only Poinsettia Show and Sale! The Botanic Gardens is one of the nationwide trial locations for new and classic poinsettia varieties. We rely on our customers to take part in the evaluation process to help poinsettia breeders to decide which poinsettias hit the shelves next Christmas season! 

The event is open to the public for free admission.

people planting trees

Arbor Day

January 2020 - 9 AM - 1 PM

Be an arborist for a day! Scale a Louisiana live oak, meet Smokey the Bear, enjoy a scavenger hunt and more! Your family can learn about native trees, plant a tree and watch your tree grow for generations using your tree’s GPS coordinates in the Burden Woods. All trees planted help to reforest our native trees lost during Hurricane Gustav. We will also have native trees for sale at Arbor Day for $5 and $10.

Concessions are available. The event is open to the public with free admission.

View our Arbor Day flier here!

light pink camellia on a spring day

Camellia Show & Sale

February 2020 - 1 PM - 4:30 PM | February 2020 - 10 AM - 3 PM

The public is welcome to enter blooms into the Baton Rouge show at the LSU Rural Life Museum. The annual Camellia Sale features award winning camellias grown by the Baton Rouge Camellia Society and the general public. Entry and Judging takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Many of these camellias have been meticulously propagated from our expansive camellia collections. The show is free and open to the public for viewing from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Baton Rouge Camellia Society will be on hand to give camellia planting and management advice.

LSU AgCenter Nature Summer Camp


Join us for a week of exploring nature! Participants will enjoy interacting with nature through a series of games, arts and crafts, science experiments, fishing, hiking and more! Snacks and water will be provided each day during the nature camp. Lunch will not be provided. Participants must wear sunscreen, comfortable clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes.

Drop off is between 8:00 and 8:30am with activities starting promptly at 8:30am. Students must be
picked up by 12:00pm. Parents or guardian will sign participants in and out daily. To join, simply fill out the Summer Camp form and return it with your payment to the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens c/o Kiki Fontenot. Make checks payable to LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Space is limited, and payment must be received to confirm registration.