Education for Adults

Reflections in the Garden

Efforts are being made to make Reflections virtual. Please check back for more updates!

The public is invited to monthly presentations by prominent, local specialists that include a wide variety of garden related topics. 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 and take advantage of attending Reflections in the Garden at no charge, along with many other benefits. 

Date Event

January 6

”It’s Just a Tree”
Scott Courtright, Owner/President, Trinity Tree Consultants

February 3

”Camellias: Queen of the Winter Gardens”
Dr. Trent James, Member, Baton Rouge Camellia Society

March 2

”Gardens of the Czech Republic”
Dr. Jeff Kuehny, Director, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden

April 6

”Classy or Casual Container Gardens”
John MacMillan, Store Manager, Louisiana Nursery

May 4

”Vanishing Backyard Birds: How You Can Save the Birds”
Gina Periou, Owner, Wild Birds Unlimited

June 1

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July 6

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August 3

”Design for Bringing the Outdoors In”
Claire Major, Owner, Artvark, Ltd., Art and Interiors

September 14

 ”Utilizing Natives for Successful Landscapes”
Dr. Heather Kirk-Ballard, LSU AgCenter Asst. Professor & Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture

October 5

”Copper for Water Gardens”
Buddy Holmes, Owner, Waterfall Forge

November 2

”Bromeliads & Carnivorous Plants”
Mark Meese and Dr. Charles Birdsong

December 7

”Native Grasses and The Cajun Prairie”
Brian Early, Botanist, Wildlife Diversity Program, LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries


butterfly on flower

Common Butterflies Found in the Pollinator Garden

Sarah Rayner, Youth Education Coordinator

The butterflies in this are common to the Pollinator Garden at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and throughout the surrounding areas. The butterflies are attracted to the nectar in flowers that they use as an energy source. If host plant(s) specific to the butterflies are available in the gardens, the butterflies may deposit eggs on the leaves of their host plants. The caterpillars, also known as larvae, can feed on the leaves and at some point pupate, and emerge as an adult butterfly.

field of purple pollinator flowers

Louisiana Native Pollinator Trees

Dr. Chrissy Mogren

Landscaping trees into your yard provides numerous benefits such as shade, improving drainage, and habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. While bees are adapted to life in prairies as opposed to forests, they can still utilize resources provided by flowering trees when incorporated into a pollinator-oriented landscape. In addition to providing floral food resources, native trees are also host plants to a number of beautiful native butterflies and moths. As you walk through Trees & Trails, keep an eye out for signs indicating which trees provide important resources for Louisiana native bees, butterflies, and moths!


trees and trails path

Trees & Trails

Enjoy 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 trails

purple flowers

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 meeting.

bee on a sunflower

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.

bluebird eggs

Birding at Burden

Our goal is to provide you with information about our birding loops and links to resources that will enhance your birding experience. Our birding brochure, Birding at Burden, is located inside the Ione Burden Conference and Information Center and inside the Rural Life Museum Visitors Center. The brochure has a detailed map and legend of the six birding loops, images of birds, descriptions about each of the loops, and a bird species list to see what time of year each bird species is most likely to occur at Burden. The numbers next to each species correspond to our numbered birding loops.