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Nature-inspired Design Tours

Marvel at the influence that plants and other living things have on our human-created world.


Did you know lotus leaves inspired a new dirt-repelling paint or that termites helped us construct buildings with better ventilation systems? Nature’s engineering lies hidden in plain sight within everyday products and technology; art, architecture and design can all thank plants, fungi and animals for novel ideas and materials. Explore biomimicry and discover plants that have inspired some noteworthy inventions on this tour.

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York Street


Prices include admission to the Gardens. To schedule a docent-led tour for your small group, please contact Please make reservations at least three weeks in advance.

Cancellations are subject to a cancellation fee and those made less than one week prior to a tour are non-refundable. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

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