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 is for those who arrive via bicycle.
  • As of August 6, 2021, picnics are allowed with certain guidelines. Click here for more information.
  • 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’ experiences. 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, bottled water, and to protect yourself from the sun. We look forward to seeing you in the Garden!

Picnic Etiquette

Picnic Etiquette

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