May 15, 2017 | Karina Nabors, Associate Director of Learning Engagement & Interpretation

By taking a tour – be it an overview of the Gardens, a specific botanic theme or behind-the-scenes info on an art exhibition, you can:

  1. Learn something: Gardens staff and docents share their knowledge of our living collections, history, art exhibitions and architecture. Enthusiasm and passion will inspire. 
  2. Quality time: A Gardens tour is the perfect opportunity to gather family, friends or colleagues.
  3. Fit and healthy: No need to wait in line for a treadmill at a crowded health club because when you tour our 24-acre site, you'll forget you’re exercising.
  4. Relax: Escape daily pressures and lose yourself in our urban oasis.
  5. Stop procrastinating:  Easily register for a tour.
  6. Save money: Tour tickets include general admission so you can come early or stay after to take a closer look at the grounds, exhibits and other offerings.


  • Enjoy two exhibition-related tours. The docent-led tours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. or Saturdays at 6 p.m. and the Curator Conversations tours are select Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
  • On select dates in July and October, enjoy our Garden Guru Tours. Immerse yourself in the Gardens with a horticulturist as your guide. 
  • Seasonal Discoveries Tours are on select Sundays. Stroll through the Gardens at any time of the year with this tour that highlights seasonal beauty and ever-changing landscapes.
  • Every Drop Counts is our newest tour. Expand your knowledge of drought-tolerant plants that are well-suited for smart gardening in the Western United States.
  • Midsummer Nights Tours let you journey to Elizabethan England on a midsummer eve by touring the plants immortalized in the works of Shakespeare. Select evenings at 6 p.m., June & July


Gardens are my first choice

I love the Gardens, the six points are even more focusing on the goal of great place.

It is a walk in heaven

There is nothing more relaxing than a walk in the garden. Feeling connected with beauty and nature at this closed space creates special vibe and makes you forget everything. I believe there is no better therapy!




I would love the opprotunity to walk the gardens with a docent. It would be fun to learn how plants grow in your climate and perhaps, even, learn if they would grow in mine.

Gardens are my friends

I am Roon, I love to pass my time with my garden. It's just like to be my friend to me. My main point after that is to relax and escape daily pressures and lose yourself in our urban oasis. Regards, Roon

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