The LSU Agricultural Center Botanic Gardens at Burden will be replenishing the trees on the property that have been lost or damaged over the past year on Saturday, and it hopes to get the whole community involved.
The gardens will celebrate Arbor Day on the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens grounds, 4560 Essen Lane, with family tree plantings and other activities for adults and children, said Michelle Fuller, public relations coordinator and event director for the gardens.
Arbor Day at Burden runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fuller said, and admission is $5 per person. Admission is free for children 3 years old and younger.
Fuller said other activities will include a scavenger hunt in the Burden Woods, a primarily bottomland hardwood forest covering about 150 acres; Storytime in the Orangerie, a converted citrus tree greenhouse; a visit by Smokey Bear; a bonfire; and hayrides.
The celebration also will feature lumberjack demonstrations and children’s tree climbing.
“It’s very family-friendly. We want people to come and make a day of it,” Fuller said. Refreshments also will be available for sale.
While they are there, guests are encouraged to wander the five miles of pedestrian trails through sweet gum, sycamore, cypress, black willow, water oak, red maple, overcup, willow, water and swamp chestnut, shellbark hickory, hackberry and elm. A rain-fed wetland called the Black Swamp lies at the northern end of the trail system with 200-year-old tupelos, Fuller said.
The first Arbor Day was celebrated in 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska, when residents planted more than 1 million trees in the state of Nebraska, according to the Arbor Day Foundation’s website, www.arborday.org. The foundation formed in 1972 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Arbor Day.
The foundation distributes more than 10 million trees per year and has helped the U.S. Forest Service to plant more than 20 million trees since 1990, according to the site.