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You are invited to become a member of Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.

There are many ways to support the Botanic Gardens at Burden: enjoying our gardens and trails, using our facilities for your events, attending our educational and recreational activities, spreading the word about us, lending a hand, purchasing our goods, becoming a member and financing our upkeep and efforts. We hope you will find your way to keep this Baton Rouge treasure thriving so that generations to come may enjoy the peace and tranquility available on the Burden property in the middle of our busy city. 

Purchase a Brick

Honor a loved one with a name or distinctive message on a brick and help build the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Pavilion at Burden. Bricks can be donated for all occasions that fill our lives: birthdays, marriages, anniversaries, graduations, unique accomplishments and retirements, as well as final tributes. Your expression will be engraved on a 4-inch-by-8-inch red brick paver for $100 or an 8-inch-by-8-inch red brick paver for $250. Your gift will leave a lasting impression and will add a beautiful dimension to our gardens, as well as help our hard work here to continue to grow. View our form for more information. 


Membership in Friends of Botanic Gardens at Burden helps to support the gardens and provides you with many valuable benefits. The Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden is a non-profit organization that serves for the sole purpose of supporting the Botanic Gardens at Burden.

Support Baton Rouge's oasis of peaceful gardens, hiking trails and horticulture-based programs that amaze and educate visitors of all ages.

As a member, you will receive exclusive members-only discounts, and much more.

Review the membership levels and benefits below to determine which membership level is right for you!



  Student* Associate** Individual Family/Dual Patron Benefactor Philanthropist Sustainer
Dues $20 $30 $40 $70 $300 $500 $1,000 $2,500+
Number of cards issued 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2
Admissions to Reflections   1 1 2 2 2 2 2
Reciprocal Access to 300+ gardens  ♦  ♦  ♦
Discount to Wine & Roses    ♦  ♦
Early Sale Opportunities  
Corn Maze Free Admission!!!***      
3 Super Plants Annually        
Recognition in Newsletter        
Free Poinsettia          
2 Gourmet in the Garden Tickets            
2 Wine & Roses Tickets              
Windrush Garden Luncheon with Director              


Membership fees are tax deductible in the amount allowable by law.

*Full-Time students qualify for this category.

**Current members of groups that are affiliated with Botanic Gardens at Burden qualify for this category.  See below for a list of affiliated groups.

***Free Admission to Corn Maze for Family/Dual members and above; limited to 4 persons; Night Maze not included.


Become an important part of the gardening community by partnering with the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden as a volunteer. The gardens play an important role in meeting the horticultural needs of Louisiana residents and visitors from the United States and abroad.

We invite you to join the more than 300 active volunteers that share their talents with the Botanic Gardens at Burden. From planting fields and gardens, trimming rose bushes, building enclosures, running attractions, taking admissions to simply answering the phone, the property could not operate without the help of our dedicated volunteers! Please call us at (225) 763-3990 to discuss available opportunities that especially interest you.  The hours you work not only help us directly, but the records of our hours helps us to better manage our resources and qualify for grants.  We appreciate your taking the extra step to enter your service hours at our Volunteer Site. If you don't have an account already, click on the link "Need a Password?" and follow the prompts to create an account.

Volunteer Site



  • Receptionist
  • Mailings
  • Copying
  • Setup



  • Planting & Pruning
  • Weeding
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Propagating



  • Planning
  • Setup & Take Down
  • Registration
  • Community Outreach


Children Gardeners

  • Reading
  • Docents
  • Supervising
  • Playing

View the Volunteer Handbook.  

Affiliated Organizations

Many organizations call the Botanic Gardens their home.  Our meeting rooms, gardens, potting shed, greenhouses and other facilities support both Burden activities as well as those of other gardening groups.  We invite you to learn more about these groups and take advantage of what they have to offer.

Members of these groups are eligible for discounted membership in the Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden as Associate members.