(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.
summertime events to remember
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,
This event is free and open to the public.
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
Advanced registration is required. Those
interested should complete a registration form, which is available online at
The registration fee is $100 per
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
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
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
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
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
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