York Street Photography Guidelines

Personal Photography Guidelines: Visitors are welcome to take photographs or videos for personal use. Personal photographs and videos are not to be used for commercial purposes. You may share your photos on the Gardens’ social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Professional/Commercial Photography Guidelines

A photography permit and fee is necessary for those who wish to use the Gardens for commercial or portrait photography. The photography permit applies to the following groups:

  • All who wish to use Denver Botanic Gardens as a backdrop/setting for posed and commercial photography.
  • All portrait photography including, but not limited to senior, engagement, family, graduation and wedding.
  • All photographs for any commercial use, even if the photographer is not a professional.

Contact Us

  • News media, publicity or documentary films that clearly promote the Gardens, please contact Erin Bird at erin.bird@botanicgardens.org or 720-865-3552.
  • Commercial photography, including family and wedding portraits, please contact Visitor Services at photography@botanicgardens.org or 720-865-3584.
  • Room rental to accompany commercial photography for use as a green room, storage area, etc., please contact Events at 720-865-3551. Room fees start at $1,000 per day.


  • Stock photography/videography is NOT permitted at Denver Botanic Gardens.
  • Photography/Film of product or business commercials or promotional materials are NOT permitted at Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Commerical photography of the Chihuly exhibition is NOT permitted.

Photography Policy

  • Photography reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Arriving without a reservation may result in the refusal of a photo permit due to previously scheduled events. If the session is allowed, a higher fee will be charged for non-reserved sessions.
  • All participants must be present and enter the Gardens as a group; we cannot accommodate late or individual arrivals. To avoid congestion in our lobby, please meet your party or photographer outside of the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center. Please do not crowd in front of the doors, front desk, or kiosks.
  • Participants should check in at the front desk with visitor services staff.
  • Fees must be paid and paperwork must be completed prior to entering the Gardens. Once payment and paperwork are confirmed you will be issued a photography permit.
  • Photography badges must be clearly displayed at all times.
  • Any unauthorized portrait/commercial photography sessions will be escorted from the Gardens.
  • In order to work onsite, all portrait/commercial photographers must supply Denver Botanic Gardens with a certificate of limited liability that shows the Gardens as the certificate holder.
  • Permits are valid for the named photographer, one assistant and models/clients.



  • $400 for half-day (up to 4 hours)
  • $800 for full-day (up to 8 hours)


Reserved One Day Permit**

Reservations must be made with visitor services at least 48 hours in advance.

  • $100 – 1-6 people
  • $200 – 7-15 people
  • $300 – 15-39 people

Groups of 40 people or more - a private event reservation is required. Please call 720-865-3551 to arrange a reservation.

Non-reserved One Day Permits**

Walk-up sessions with no reservation

  • $150 –1-6 people
  • $250 –7-15 people
  • $350 –15-39 people

Groups of 40 people or more - a private event reservation is required. Please call 720-865-3551 to arrange a reservation.

*Members and photography students, please call 720-865-3584 for information about special pricing.
**One Day Permits (both reserved and non-reserved) are good for ONE photography session, with a maximum 2-hour time limit. If fewer than two hours, pro-rating does not apply.

Annual Permit

Annual permits provide photography access for a named photographer to Denver Botanic Gardens for one year. Annual permit holders must make reservations for each photography session. Additional photographers at the same studio may be added to an annual permit for an additional $150 per year.

  • $500 – For one year’s access to Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Groups of 40 people or more - a private event reservation is required. Please visit the private events page for more info or call 720-865-3551 to arrange a reservation.

> Please complete the Photography Inquiry Form and a Visitor Services staff member will contact you within 48 hours. Photographers may also make reservations over the phone at 720-865-3584.
> For those inquiring about Annual Permits, please fill out our Annual Permit Application and a Visitor Services staff member contact you within 48 hours.
> For current Annual Permit holders who would like to make a reservation, please complete our Reservation Request Form.


  • There are NO refunds for Photography Permits, including One Day and Annual Permits.
  • Payment is valid 30 days from the date received; sessions may be rescheduled during this time. Rescheduling must be agreed upon prior to the new shoot date. Reschedule at photography@botanicgardens.org or 720-865-3584.


Media organizations must contact the public relations department before photographing or filming of any kind at the Gardens. This includes, but is not limited to: magazine shoots, catalog shoots and model shoots. No fees will be charged to press photographers that provide editorial promotion of the Gardens. Contact Erin Bird at erin.bird@botanicgardens.org.


  • Photography sessions are not permitted before or after business hours.
  • No pets are allowed in the Gardens (service animals excepted).
  • No smoking is permitted in the Gardens.
  • Clients/models must be fully and appropriately clothed (i.e., no nudity, swimsuits, lingerie, etc.).
  • Clients/models must arrive ready. No dressing rooms or storage areas are provided.
  • Photography sessions should not disrupt the visitor experience, special events or pedestrian flow.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens property may not be moved or disturbed. This includes, but is not limited to: standing/walking through flower beds, picking/cutting plant material, moving benches/displays, etc.
  • Trees, walls, fences, statues or any other structures may not be climbed. Plant beds and water features may not be entered.
  • Motorized and non-motorized vehicles are prohibited (with the exception of wheelchairs and strollers).
  • Professional photography is prohibited at certain Denver Botanic Gardens special events, including but not limited to: Summer Concert Series, Free Days and select art exhibits.
    - Reservations will ensure that photographers are not arriving on a blackout date.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens reserves the right to halt any photography sessions deemed disruptive.
    - Annual Permits may be revoked if permit holders do not abide by these guidelines.
  • The Gardens assumes no responsibility for loss, theft or damage of equipment.

Denver Botanic Gardens reserves the right to adjust these policies at any time, with or without notice, in the best interest of the Gardens and the general public.

Related Issues

  • Absolutely NO wedding ceremonies may be performed on Denver Botanic Gardens property without advance reservation. Parties not in compliance will be asked to leave immediately.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens staff members may approach photographers at any time and request to see their permit.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens staff may approach photographers to discuss alternatives to their session if Gardens maintenance or special events are in progress.

Please note: Denver Botanic Gardens reserves the right to turn away photographers who are not operating in accordance with our rules or regulations, as well as photographers who have not made reservations.

Please note: The photography policy was created to protect the grounds and the artwork, both inside and outdoors. Additionally, the policy allows Denver Botanic Gardens to control the number of photography shoots on the grounds at one time to lessen the disruptions of scheduled events. Fees directly support the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants.

(Updated  January 2014)