Touring the Gardens

August 10, 2021 Exhibits Department

Do you want to take a deeper dive into our gardens or galleries? We offer guided tours indoors or out on a range of topics, from container gardens to seasonal blooms to art. Sign up online for these small-group conversations that give you the opportunity to ask questions, share your thoughts, experience perennial favorites and uncover lesser-known spaces. 

We have a Japanese-inspired tour this fall that lets you spend some time indoors with Yoshitomo Saito’s exhibition Of Sky and Ground and then takes you outside to Shofu-en Japanese Garden, featuring character pines that are hundreds of years old. 

Cheikh Lo

Yoshitomo Saito, Cheikh Lo, bronze, 2020. © Yoshitomo Saito

If you want to plan an outing for your group of eight or more friends, co-workers or community members, you can schedule a tour for a date and time that is convenient for your group by contacting We have a variety of tour options you can choose from based on your group’s needs and interests. You can even schedule a tour of Chatfield Farms to gain a glimpse into the past. Discover historical buildings that date to the 1800s and observe how Chatfield Farms’ agricultural focus continues today with its current food-growing operation. And, just let us know ahead of time if your group has specific language or other needs so we can accommodate those. Learn more about these private tours.

container garden


Docent-led Tours

Container Gardens 
Explore the variety of fun and unexpected container gardens at the Gardens, and learn how to create your own edible, fragrant or pollinator-attracting containers.

August 15 and September 10 at 5 p.m.

$16, $12 member (includes admission to the Gardens) 

Exploring Exhibitions
Enjoy the current gallery exhibitions with a guide. Learn about the current and upcoming art exhibitions.

Select Dates at 9:15 a.m. 

$16, $12 member (includes admission to the Gardens) 

japanese garden

Of Sky and Ground
Join an indoor-outdoor exploration of Yoshitomo Saito’s exhibition Of Sky and Ground and Shofu-en Japanese Garden.

Select Dates and Times

$19, $15 member (includes admission to the Gardens) 

Seasonal Discoveries
Embrace the exuberance of summer’s end. Enjoy gardens filled with late summer blooms such as blanket flowers and sages. 

August 22, September 5, 11 and 19 at 2 p.m.

$16, $12 member (includes admission to the Gardens)



Register online for docent-led tours and enjoy more of the Gardens the next time you visit! We hope to see you soon.




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