Garden Etiquette

The Botanic Garden is a living museum. Please enjoy its beauty and leave it in the condition you found it.

For Your Safety, Please Adhere to the Following Rules:

  • Remain on designated paths, not walking through flower beds or foliage.
  • Refrain from climbing  trees and garden structures and from wading in ponds, fountains, and other water features.
  • Certified service animals are permitted in the Garden – please leave all other animals at home. Animals are not allowed to stay in unattended vehicles.
  • Active sports (Frisbee, ball playing, kite flying, biking, etc.) are not allowed. The bike rack located at the Garden Center are for those who arrive via bicycle.
  • No picnics are allowed.
  • Balloons, rice, confetti, flower petals, glitter, sparklers, smoke bombs, and other loose materials are not allowed.
  • Drones or any other form of UAV are not permitted.
  • Amateur landscape photography is welcomed, but should not interfere with other guests’ experience. To learn more about our photography policies, please visit our photography page.
  • To keep the Garden as accessible as possible, unauthorized group events (weddings, memorials, classes, etc.) or gatherings are not allowed. For information on scheduling a wedding or event, click here.
  • As of July 2019, no vehicular traffic is allowed through the Garden.

In Addition, Please:

  • Do not collect any plants, animals, or rocks.
  • Respect the experience of all visitors and refrain from obstructing paths, bridges, and walkways. 
  • Do not touch or chase any animals, including insects. We want all wildlife to feel safe and to continue residing here. 
  • For your own safety, do not enter a barricaded area or an area posted for pesticide application.
  • Do not tamper with water hoses, equipment, tools, or signs.
  • Be respectful of weddings and other scheduled events.

We recommend you wear sturdy walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. We look forward to seeing you in the Garden!