Garden Etiquette

The Botanic Garden is a living museum. We ask that you leave the Garden in the same condition you found it in. Thank you.

For your safety and to protect the Botanic Garden, please adhere to the following rules:

  • Remain on all designated paths and do not walk through flower beds or foliage.

  • Small groups (under 10) are welcome to picnic in the Grove or Vistas. We ask that large groups picnic in Trinity Park across the street.

  • Refrain from climbing garden structures and trees and from wading in ponds, fountains and other water features.

  • Active sports (Frisbee, ball playing, kite flying, biking, etc…) are not allowed. There is a bike rack at the Garden Center for those who arrive by bicycle.

  • Balloons, rice, confetti, flower petals, glitter and other loose materials are not allowed.

  • Drones or any other form of UAV are not permitted in the garden.

  • Certified service animals are permitted in the Garden. Please leave all other animals (including dogs) at home. Animals are not allowed to stay in unattended vehicles.

  • Amateur landscape photography is welcomed but should not be allowed to interfere with the enjoyment of other guests. 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 group gatherings are not allowed. For information on having a wedding click Here.



  • Respect the experience of all visitors to the Garden.

  • Be courteous to other guests and do not obstruct paths, bridges or walkways. 

  •  Do not collect any plants, animals or rocks.

  • Do not touch or chase any animals or insects. We want all wildlife to feel safe and to continue calling the Botanic Garden their home.

  • 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.

When visiting the Garden, we recommend that you wear sturdy walking shoes and bring bottled water. We look forward to seeing you in the Garden.