Education for Adults

Reflections in the Garden

The public is invited to monthly presentations by prominent, local specialists that include a wide variety of garden related topics.  Bring your lunch; the drinks are on us!  The one-hour sessions are held at the Ione Burden Conference Center at noon every first Monday of the month.  Admission is free for members of the Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and $10 per person for all others.  Become a member of Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens (formerly known as BHS) and take advantage of attending Reflections in the Garden at no charge, along with many other benefits. 

Date Event

January 8

 Hilltop Mantra: Replant, Restore, and MORE! - Chris Werner, Janet Forbes, Bob Dillemuth, Paul Orr and Volunteers

February 12

 Beyond Boxwoods: Conformity is for Cowards - Bill Roundtree.

March 5

 All About African Violets and the 2018 Annual Show - Laura Moser.

April 2

 Design Goes Natural: Elements from the Garden - Mary Johnson.

May 7

 83 Years of Gardening:  The Glory and the Grime - Dr. Neil Odenwald.

June 4

 A Summer Sampler: Tomatoes & Peppers - Lee Rouse.

July 2

 Mules & Tobacco: Hybrid Vigor & Genetic Strategies - Cindy Moran.

August 6

 Ornamental Edibles for Fall - Johnny Naylor.

September 10

 Stunning, Show-Stopping Tropicals - Tyler Carr.

October 1

 The Courtyards and Gardens of A. Hays Town - Leslie Gladney and Blanche Town Gladney.

November 5

 Decorating for the Holidays - John Grady Burns.

December 3

 A Ghost of Christmas Past: The Great Epidemic of 1918 in Baton Rouge - John Sykes.


Trees & Trails

TreesEnjoy approximately five miles of trails on a hike or leisurely stroll along interactive walking paths through an urban forest and a boardwalk through wetlands in the heart of Baton Rouge. The trails are open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. seven days a week for self-guided exploration. Map of the trails.


Gardening Organizations

Various gardening organizations provide educational and work sessions for members and the general public.  Memberships may be required for some activities.  Check the calendar of events to see when these groups are


Citizen Scientists

Citizen scientists are individuals from all walks of life: gardeners, nature enthusiasts, students, educators, and the general public, who would like to share their observations about nature and local ecology as part of a collaborative project with scientists and the global community. The data submitted by citizen scientists is analyzed and makes it possible for researchers to answer critical questions in ecology and conservation.