May 15, 2017 | Karina Nabors

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.

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