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Visit Us

For individuals and families, we open our 26-acre botantical garden for educational tours on Fridays, March through mid November. Learn about a sampling of our 14,000 species of plants and the ongoing research. Advance reservations are required (get details below). Schedule a 1-hour guided electric shuttle tour or a self-guided wandering of the 2.5 miles of paved trails.

Read "tips and guidelines" below and book your reservation online! Admission is "donate as you are able". Our non-profit botanical garden is fully supported by donations.

Thinking of bringing a group? On Thursdays, we accept booking requests for groups of 12 to 20 people. Go to our "Group Tours" page for all the details. 

Visit Tips & Tour Guidelines​

Here are some details to assist with planning your visit to our 26-acre botanical research garden:

  • Advanced reservations for both walking (March - early Nov) and riding tours (late March-early Nov) are required - find booking link after this tips list. We have five tour times each Friday. On Thursdays, we host large groups. The other days are reserved for research and garden maintenance. We are a gated property, so reservations are required for any visit. Reserve for up to six people in your party. Times fill up quickly, so plan ahead!

  • You will receive an email confirmation with details on how to easily change or cancel your reservation. 

  • While we do not charge admission, we certainly appreciate and depend upon donations. Donate here with credit card or Venmo either before or after your visit. Donation boxes in the garden accept cash and checks.

  • No pets allowed, except valid service animals. 

  • The one-hour riding educational tour is conducted via electric shuttles on paved trails. Learn about some of our most fascinating species – including what’s in bloom and rare species. Plus take, home some gardening tips from our 35 years of research. 

  • Please stay on the trails for your safety. Keep children with you at all times.

  • If any of your guests have mobility challenges and cannot step up onto shuttle, there are places to sit by the parking area with garden views. 

  • While our paths are paved, they are too steep for wheelchairs or scooters. See our map!

  • Shuttles are open air, so jackets or rain gear may be needed.

  • Yes! Take pictures for your personal use, including social media. Please be respectful of other guests. No drones allowed.

  • Portfolio, promotional and model photography or videography is not allowed. If you are writing a media story about us, please confirm details with us so the most accurate information is shared. 

  • Restrooms are available near the parking area.

  • We do not have picnic facilities. Please no food or alcoholic beverages.

  • Shoes and shirts required. Sunscreen recommended.

  • No music, amplified voices or tobacco products allowed. Please silence your phones!

Reserve online here via Bookeo!

Address: 174 Evergreen Lane in Boone, NC. Directions via Google Maps can be found here.

​There is a parking area for approximately 15 cars just inside the main gate on your right. A parking attendant will direct you to your parking spot.​ Please carpool due to limited parking, and please arrive no more than 10 minutes ahead of your reservation time. 

Email us or call 828-263-3358 for additional questions!

Reserve online here via Bookeo!

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