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 and take advantage of attending Reflections in the Garden at no charge, along with many other benefits. 

Date Event

January 7

“Thirty Years of Growth: The Impact of Baton Rouge Green”

Sage Foley, Executive Director, Baton Rouge Green

February 4

 “Color in the Garden”

Cynthia Cash, Landscape Architect

March 4

“Intense Vegetable Gardening”

Hillar Moore, EBR District Attorney; Dr. Kiki Fontenot, Assistant Professor, LSU AgCenter

April 1

“The New World of Succulents”

Rozlan Franceri, Owner, Baton Rouge Succulent Company

May 6

“Friendship Through Flowers: East Meets West”

Terri Lamb, President, Ikebana International Baton Rouge Chapter

June 3

“The Wide World of Wild and Wonderful Wildflowers”

Dr. Charles Allen, Professor, University of LA Monroe (retired), Research Associate, Colorado State University (retired)

July 1

“Gardening for Butterflies and Other Pollinators and Making a Difference as a Citizen Scientist” 

Ken Bosso, Master Naturalist;  Sarah Rayner, Youth Education Coordinator, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden

August 5

“Gingers: Foliage, Fragrance and Flowers”

Tim Chapman, Owner, Gingerwood Nursery

September 9

“Meditation and Wellness Gardens”

Wanda Chase, Landscape Architect, Imahara’s

October 7

“Creative Cooking Demonstrations”

Louisiana Culinary Institute Instructors and Students

November 4

“Winter Hummingbirds”

Jane Patterson, President, Baton Rouge Audubon Society

December 2

“Place, Memory, and Garden-making at Le Petit Versailles and Rowan Oak”

Kevin Risk, Associate Professor, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, LSU


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!

two master gardeners selling plants

2019 Louisiana Master Gardener Training

Are you interested in the Louisiana Master Gardener Volunteer Program? Apply today! If you are still interested, you may click the link below to fill out the application.  If you have any additional questions after filling out the application, don’t hesitate to contact Lee Rouse.

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.