Group tours for Adults, Youth organizations, College classes
Our Garden is more like a natural area than a formal, manicured garden. Paths are uneven and many are unpaved. There are some steps and uphill/ downhill grades. The average one-hour tour will require approximately one mile of walking, possibly two, depending on the interest and mobility of the tour group. Please review the map.
Minimum one-month advance reservation required. Reservations for each month close on the first of the previous month. For example: Reservations for March close on February 1. We make every effort to provide one guide per 10-12 adults so everyone can see, hear and have their questions answered. Guides are recruited according to the number of tour participants, so it is important to know the number in your party before payment is due.
Full payment is due one month in advance of the reserved tour date. Cash, check or major credit cards are accepted. Tour groups may enjoy free time in the Garden following any guided tour until the Garden closes at 5 p.m.
self-led group visits: no guide provided
Keep in mind, a guided tour is not always the best option for a Garden group visit. Photography clubs and classes usually prefer to spread out and linger, spending time individually composing their shots. Social clubs and group reunions or retreats often enjoy walking and talking or sitting in a scenic shaded area to visit with each other. Groups of children of mixed ages, may be happier and more comfortable breaking into smaller groups (accompanied by adults) with their friends for a visual scavenger hunt, a walk and story time, or a break to sketch or write poetry. There are some water features, sculpture pieces and many shady benches along the pathways and 86 acres to explore. The fee for a self-led group visit (no guides) is the same as our daily general admission fee: $10 adult, $6 Sr. Citizen 65+ years, $6 student with school ID, children 3-12 yrs. $4, under 3 yrs. or Garden members FREE.
guided tour options
One-hour guided walking tour for adults and senior citizens
$10 per person. Required 4 person paid minimum ($40.00). If more than 4, fee will be waived for 1 organizer/leader. No additional Garden admission fee. Flexible days and start times.
One hour tram tour
$10 per person. Limited service availableMaximum capacity: 7-10 passengers. Required 4 person paid minimum ($40.00). If more than 4, fee will be waived for 1 organizer/leader. No additional Garden admission fee We are not able to accommodate multiple tram tours on the same day at this time.
One-hour guided walking tour for organized youth groups (scouts, after-school programs, day camp)
$5 per child (3-12 yrs.), $5 per chaperone. We require two adult chaperons per 10 children, and request that the majority of the group be composed of children in order to qualify for this youth group fee. Required 10 person paid minimum ($50.00). If more than 10, fee will be waived for one leader/organizer.
Tours for college classes
$10 per person for a one-hour guided walking tour. Required 4 person paid minimum ($40.00). If more than 4, fee will be waived for 1 instructor. No additional Garden admission fee. Flexible days and start times. Advance notice of any special tour focus points are appreciated. Otherwise, the tour will provide a general introduction to the Garden and California native plants. Most college classes visit the Garden on a self-led basis, with the instructor as the guide. The fee for a self-led group visit (no guides) is the same as our daily general admission fee: $10 adult, $6 Sr. Citizen 65+ years, $6 student with school ID, children 3-12 yrs. $4, under 3 yrs. or Garden members FREE. Depending on staff availability and with adequate advance notice, we may be able to arrange a volunteer service project for the class in lieu of admission fees. Please send an inquiry with proposed visit dates to firstname.lastname@example.org.