FAQ about the Botanical Garden

When is the Botanical Garden open?

The Botanical garden is free and open to the public year-round from sunrise to sunset.

Where should I park my vehicle?

Visitor parking is available across the road from and behind the Nature Center and at the Valentine House on Horse Cove Road.  Additional parking is available at the Botanical Garden entrance adjacent to Howell Cottage, which is accessed by the Station entrance on N. 6th Street.

Where can I find maps of the Botanical Garden?

Trail maps are available at the Nature Center, Howell Administration Building, and along the trails in the Botanical Garden.  They are also available on the Botanical Garden webpage.

Can we pick or dig up plants?

Please refrain from picking or digging up the plants.  The Botanical Garden serves as a living museum of labeled plant specimens, including many rare and protected species.  Brochures for commercially available native plants for landscapes are available at the Nature Center and Howell Administration Building.

Can you identify a native plant?

Yes!  Stop by the Nature Center or contact the Botanical Garden Supervisor to identify a native plant.

Are pets allowed in the Botanical Garden?

Yes, leashed pets are allowed as long as you stay on marked trails and clean up after them.

How can I volunteer in the Botanical Garden?

For more information on volunteering in the Botanical Garden, please contact the Horticulturists.

How can I schedule a guided group tour?

For guided group tours contact our Horticulturists.  Tours can usually be accommodated with advanced notification and are free of charge, but donations are always welcome.