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StoryTime in the Garden

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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 wild stories! Each child also gets a book to take home with them! Every half hour, we switch between stories and crafts to keep young children interested and engaged. The program runs from 9 a.m. - Noon, and admission is free! No registration is required. We hope to see you there!

StoryTime in the Garden is a creative mix of storytelling and imagination with hands on craft activities for children. The program meets one Saturday a month August through May from 9 a.m. - Noon. Young children will enjoy storybook readings and imagination-themed activities every half hour. Please note that all children 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 which has an entrance fee.

2021 dates:

  • Dec. 11 - Pavilion

2022 dates:

  • Jan. 22 - Arbor Day
  • Feb. 5 - Pavilion
  • March 5 - Orangerie
  • April 2 - Pavilion
  • May 14 - Pavilion
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Birding at Burden

December 18 | 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. | Currently sold out, but you can join the waitlist here!

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 three-hour guided tour led by different birding specialists through the birding loops at Burden.

The excursion is designed to maintain appropriate social distancing between participants. Capacity for each excursion is limited to 10 guests.

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Arbor Day 2022

January 22, 2022 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Be an arborist for a day! 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 $15.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Camellia Show & Sale

February 12 & 13, 2022 | Time TBA

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens invites you to our annual Camellia Sale. Featuring award winning camellias grown by the Baton Rouge Camellia Society and the general public. Many of these camellias have been meticulously propagated from our expansive camellia collections. The Baton Rouge Camellia Society will be on hand to give camellia planting and management advice.

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Herb Day


Have you ever wanted to start an herb garden? Come out and take part in our herb sale! Herb Day is an educational outdoor gardening event and sale sponsored by the American Herb Society Baton Rouge Unit. Please contact the Herb Society at for more information.

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Master Gardener Plant Sale


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.

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Go Public Gardens Days!


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 as a weekend of free, fun activities the whole family can enjoy!

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.

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Byzantine Icon Workshop


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.

All tools and supplies are provided. However, if you'd like to use any of your own brushes, Ott light, or wet pallet, you are encouraged to bring them. Coffee and lunch are provided daily.

The cost of the workshop is $350. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Email for registration.

Corn Maze at Burden. Every Saturday in October. Tickets available at LSU AgCenter logo. Nutrien AgSolutions logo.

Corn Maze

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 2022

Don't stay home this Halloween! Night Maze has made its' way back to the Botanic Gardens for another evening of family fun.

Grab your costumes, glow sticks, and flash lights and make your way over to enjoy the family-friendly Night Maze. Night Maze includes the nighttime corn maze, bonfire, hay mountain, corn crib, games, and a live concert from one of our talented local bands.

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Wine and Roses Rambler

November 2022

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

A progressive version of the traditional sit-down dinner will wind you through the garden as you enjoy a series of tasting stations with live music, a wine toss, a fun, floral raffle and a grand prize of an original art piece.

Music will be provided by the Civic Orchestra of Baton Rouge. Food will be provided by Bacon & Fig Events.

Delight your taste buds and try your luck at the 2021 Wine & Roses Rambler!

Tickets will be available fall of 2022!

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Poinsettia Sale

Saturday, November 27, 2021 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

It's not Christmas in Louisiana without our Burden Poinsettias! Over 20 varieties of Poinsettias will be on display and available for sale at the Botanic Gardens greenhouse on Saturday, November 27, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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!