Burden Museum & Gardens offers summer activities

(05/06/22) BATON ROUGE, La. — The days of spring are nearly gone, but the fun of summer is just getting ready to begin with a number of fun events at Burden Museum & Gardens.

Special summertime events to remember

One Saturday a month during the summer, there will be Birding at Burden events from 7 to 9 a.m. The dates are June 18, July 23 and Aug. 20. Did you know that 320 species of birds have been recorded in and around Burden, including common species such as northern mockingbirds and ruby-throated hummingbirds, seven types of woodpeckers, waterfowl, wading birds and a variety of resident migratory songbirds? So, grab your birding gear and join us bright and early to catch a glimpse of some of these species on a two-hour guided tour led by different birding specialists through the birding loops at Burden. Admission is $10 and the capacity for each excursion is limited to 15 guests.

The Baton Rouge Orchid Society will proudly present its orchid show and sale on Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come explore a wide variety of orchid species available for viewing and purchase. You can bring orchids that need repotting, ask an expert all your orchid questions and even win a plant in the raffle. Visit the Baton Rouge Orchid Society website, www.batonrougeorchidsociety.com, for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

The Rural Life Museum apprentice program will be held Monday, June 6, through Friday, June 10, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Louisiana artisans will teach children traditional folk arts such as candle making, blacksmithing and other 19th century activities. This event is open to children in grades four through eight. Advanced registration is required. Those interested should complete a registration form, which is available online at https://bit.ly/3KNdjhD. The registration fee is $100 per child.

Continuing activities include The Birding at Burden trail system consists of six loops that wind through Burden’s formal and informal gardens, grasslands, croplands, wetlands and forest. The loops are designed for both beginners and advanced bird enthusiasts. Kiosks about the birding loops can be found at the Rural Life Museum Visitors Center and the Ione Burden Conference Center. Trees and Trails, a three-mile system of pedestrian, recreational and educational trails in the Burden Woods, provides opportunities for hiking and interpretive and educational activities for youth and adults.

The Mosaic Boardwalk at Black Swamp guides visitors through a hardwood swamp more than 200 years old. The trail system is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. The Children’s Garden offers a place to learn about gardening and nutrition. This model garden also provides a location for youth-related organizations and individual families to experience the outdoors, focusing on vegetable, herb and butterfly garden plantings. The Rose Garden is a part of the American Garden Rose Selections program, a nationwide network of approved public gardens, and the American Rose Trials for Sustainability program, maintaining an inventory of 1,100 plants representing 150 varieties. Starting each April, the Rose Garden offers an exclusive preview of the coming year’s outstanding new varieties. Windrush Gardens comprises majestic live oaks and ancient crape myrtles to create a shady canopy over azaleas and camellias, evoking a sense of tranquility and peace. Steele Burden, who was influenced by the gardens of Europe and the surviving gardens of 19th century Louisiana plantations, designed Windrush. The winding paths are ideal for strolling and enjoying the 25 acres of landscaped spaces.

About Burden Museum & Gardens

Located at 4560 Essen Lane just off Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge, Burden Museum & Gardens is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes the LSU Rural Life Museum, the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and Windrush Gardens. The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens is an expansive collection of specialty gardens, woodlands, wetlands and arboreta. Trees and Trails offers three miles of serene walking paths through the Burden Woods. The Rose Garden, Children’s Garden and All-America Selections Display Garden showcase the beauty of plants and flowers, and provide educational experiences for gardeners of all ages. No admission is charged to tour the gardens. The LSU Rural Life Museum focuses on the ways of life of rural Louisiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also provides educational and research resources that advance an understanding of the material and cultural heritage of the region. Adjacent to the Rural Life Museum, the historic Windrush Gardens comprises five acres of semiformal gardens of the Burden family. Admission to the Botanic Gardens and Trees and Trails is free of charge and open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the Rural Life Museum is $10 for adults 12 to 61 and $9 for seniors and $8 for children 6 to 11. Admission to Windrush Gardens is $3 per person. Both are free for kids under 6. The LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens are open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except major holidays. For more information, visit www.discoverburden.com or call 225-763-3990.

Children with plants.

Fun summer activities are beginning at Burden Museum & Gardens and will last all summer long. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter

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