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Garden Etiquette

For the enjoyment and safety of all our guests:

  • Allow at least one hour to enjoy the Gardens.
  • Garvan Woodland Gardens is a WALKING tour Garden. NO BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES OR ROLLER SKATES ARE ALLOWED. We do offer a golf cart tour for an additional fee; see below. Garvan does not have "Dedicated Bike Lanes" as indicated on Google Maps and we are trying to have that changed on Google Maps web pages. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Garvan Woodland Gardens is a tobacco/nicotine free environment, including electronic cigarettes. Due to the danger of fire, absolutely NO smoking - including the use of electronic cigarettes - is allowed anywhere on Garden property, including the parking lot. This policy is strictly enforced.
  • Service dogs are permitted throughout the Gardens. Dogs on a short, none retractable leash are allowed for $5 per dog. Pet owners are asked to remove waste. Pets are NOT ALLOWED to SWIM in the ponds.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
  • You are welcome to walk on the grass, but for your own protection please do not climb garden structures or trees.
  • Public restrooms are located in the Pratt Welcome Center, across from the Garvan Pavilion, and at the Perry Wildflower Overlook.
  • Ponds are for reflection only. No Wading or swimming.
  • In the event of threatening weather, Garden staff will direct you to shelter.
  • The display of flowers is for the enjoyment of all visitors. No picking.
  • Trash cans and recycle bins are located throughout the Garden. Please recycle when possible.
  • Please watch children closely and keep them safe from the Gardens’ natural elements.
  • Amateur photography is welcome; however, please do no infiltrate the floral displays to get that “last great shot.” Save the flowers for the next visitor.
  • Balloons, helium or regular, are NOT PERMITTED in the Gardens. Other props that are not allowed are furniture, large wagons, and other items which could be destructive to plants or wildlife.
  • We invite you to remember your time with us through personal photography at any open location. However, if your needs extend to photography for commercial purposes, please contact a member of our staff for professional photography policies.