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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 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. Pets on a leash are permitted, but a $5.00 maintenance fee is assessed. 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.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the water features at any time.
  • No roller blades, skates, and skateboards are permitted in the Gardens.
  • 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.