Steele Burden designed the Barton Arboretum in memory of Scott Duchein Barton, a close friend and founding member of the Burden Foundation.
The arboretum is enclosed by spruce pine and has a circular drive through live oaks which memorialize friends and dignitaries who over the years made significant contributions to the AgCenter. Native trees were planted among the pines and a small pond provides a setting for quiet reflection. Included in the arboretum are the James Wandersee Palmetto Walk and the Early American Camellia Collection.
The James Wandersee Palmetto Walk was designed by Dr. James H. Wandersee and Dr. Renee Clary in Spring 2005. The walk, using best signage practices researched by EarthScholars Research Group™, was developed with educational stations detailing historical and botanical facts about this Louisiana native plant.
The Early American Camellia Collection was implemented in 2016 through a contribution from the we received funding from the Lamar Family Foundation. This garden features many of the first camellias brought to the United States prior to 1900 and used in gardens across the country. The intent of this garden is to preserve the horticulture history of these camellia so that future generations will come to know the beginnings from which the modern varieties are derived. Florence Crowder, a camellia expert known worldwide, has spent many years conducting extensive research to locate catalogues and documents containing the needed information on these camellias bringing the cuttings back to the United States for this collection.
Steele Burden's signature landscapes always included a water feature. The soil from the Barton Arboretum Pond enhances the topography of the area. An abundance of plants line the pond including beautiful Louisiana irises and thalias. This serene space has a gazebo overlooking the water feature.
The arboretum is located at the end of the oak alley just past the Rural Life Museum. It can also be accessed on foot using our Trees and Trails paths in the Burden Woods.
This serene area is dedicated to the beloved Scott Duchein Barton. March 11, 1911 - October 24, 1991. Let those who wonder through give a moment's thought to their loved ones and seek to leave the world better for having lived in it.
The following is a current list of memorialized oaks at Burden Center’s Barton Arboretum:
- Elda Katherine G. Bradberry, Jan 29, 1949 – November 3, 1998. Wife of Joe Bradberry supporter of the LSU AgCenter.
- Mayme P. Scott, April 3, 1913 – April 24, 1999. Established the Tom H. Scott Research, Extension and Education Center in Winnsboro, LA, and funded 4-H scholarships.
- Thomas Holloman Scott, October 26, 1910 – February 17, 2001. Husband of Mayme P. Scott.
- Dr. Toshihiko Satake, May 6, 1910 – July 24, 1998. Honorary Chairman of Satake Corp.
- Dr. Robert S. Satake, January 29, 1925 – November 13, 2000. Past chairman and CEO of Satake Corp., Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan. The Satake Corp. as a world leader in the rice and flour milling equipment, donated a pilot scale rice mill to the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department.
- Pavel Leonidovich Sereda, January 12, 1969 – November 20, 1999. Son of Leonid Sereda, Rector of Vinnytsia State University in Ukraine.
- Paul K. Adams, June 22, 1922 – April 3, 2001. Established Paul Adams Endowed Chair in Urban Entomology.
- Gordon A. Cain, May 31, 1912 – October 22, 2002. Established the Gordon A. Cain Endowed Chair in Agriculture and contributed to biotechnology programs in the LSU AgCenter.
- Maurice L. “Bud” Mapes, July 8, 1930 – December 1, 2005. Lobbied for the Louisiana Farm Bureau and was a supporter of the LSU AgCenter.
- Paula Garvey Manship, September 10, 1912 – March 31, 2006. Provided funding for La House and contributed to the LSU AgCenter.
- Dr. Alvin C. Harper, March 11, 1925 – April 30, 2009. Chancellor Emeritus, LSU AgCenter.
- Gordon F. Dore, Sr., March 1, 1924 – May 29, 2006. Board of Supervisor member and contributed to the LSU AgCenter.
- H. Rouse Caffey, 1929 - September 28, 2012. Former LSU AgCenter Chancellor, and LSUA Interim Chancellor. Established the LSU AgCenter's Agricultural Leadership Program. As a world renowned rice expert he received numerous honors and awards too many to mention here. God Bless America, September 11, 2001.
- William Bert Richardson, Sr., March 23, 1926 – July 16, 2001. Father of Dr. Bill Richardson, Chancellor, LSU AgCenter.