Highlands Biological Station is open to visitors. Masks are still required in the Nature Center, but are no longer required on campus, including the Botanical Garden. Highlands Biological Station is offering academic and public programming this summer. For the safety of the HBS summer community, before being permitted to work or study at HBS prospective summer students, teaching faculty, and researchers must provide documentation of (1) having received a Covid-19 vaccine or (2) a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of planned arrival.

 

 VISIT

Come enjoy the wildflowers along our woodland trails, lake, and creek, have a picnic lunch, take one of our tours or workshops, or consider volunteering.

Hours & Admission

Highlands Botanical Garden is open from sunrise to sunset and is free of charge.

Entrances

The Highlands Botanical Garden is accessible from two locations:

1) The Highlands Nature Center (930 Horse Cove Road): Park behind the Nature Center or at the Sunset Rock parking area across the street.  Follow the path behind the Nature Center along the margin of the Amphitheater to the Woodland Way trail.  Continue down the trail and stone steps and walkway to the main Botanical Garden entrance a short distance up on your right.

2) Stowers Teaching Pavilion & Native Pollinator Conservation Garden (111 Lower Lake Road): The Lindenwood Lake dam hosts the latest garden at HBS, the Native Pollinator Conservation Garden.  Follow the gravel path through the garden and across the dam to access the boardwalk into the Highlands Botanical Garden.

 

Free parking is available at both entrances.

We have great common spaces for picnics – check them out here.   

Garden Guidelines

All pets must be properly leashed and cleaned up after.

Stay on marked trails to protect the plants.

Do not pick or remove plant material.

Do not leave trash on the Station grounds.

Please watch for uneven terrain, rocks, and roots.

Trails in the Garden

Our botanical garden has a variety of trails and loops to explore.

See below for our trail maps. 

A Naturalist’s Guide

Pick up a copy of our book Highlands Botanical Garden: A Naturalist’s Guide to make the most of your visits and get to know native plants more intimately: the back story to their names and discovery, pollinators and other partners, medicinal and craft uses, and more!

Featuring the photographs of Ralph M. Sargent, a founder and ardent champion of the Highlands Botanical Garden, A Naturalist’s Guide is the first-ever guide to the garden, with maps, historical overview, and profiles of a generous selection of its hundreds of native plants. Not so much identification guide as botanical celebration, this commemorative Botanical Garden volume introduces readers to little-known aspects of our native plants, from the backstory to their names to their ecology and natural history.

This book is a must for the botanically curious and is also a great way to support the Highlands Biological Station and Foundation.

$30.00 plus shipping.

To Purchase: call 828.526,2221 to order or email charlotte@highlandsbiological.org.