Self-guided tour books are available whenever the Garden is open. Check in with staff for a self-guided tour book and a brief orientation.
Docent-Led Tours cover the history of the Garden and the wonderful plant collection
April - October
Fridays and Saturdays: 10am - 11:30am
Sundays: 11am - 12:30pm
November - March
Saturdays: 10am - 11:30am
Sundays: 11am - 12:30pm
We do not take reservations for pre-scheduled walk-in tours. Groups of ten or more should schedule a Group Tour (see information below).
Docent-led group tours for groups of 10 or more must be scheduled at least 6 weeks prior to your visit. To schedule a group tour, fill out the form below or download our Group Tour Reservation Form and mail it to the office or email it to our tour coordinator. We will contact you shortly after receiving your reservation form.
Costs and Scheduling procedure: Our admission prices are: $10/adults, $7/seniors (65+) and students (with valid ID); free for members of RBG, Garden Conservancy and American Horticultural Society, children under 12, and caregivers of a disabled person. Group tours on the first Tuesday of the month do not receive free admission.
Deposit: In order to reserve your group’s desired date and time, we require a deposit of $25 for groups up to 25 people, and $50 for larger groups. Upon receiving your deposit, we will email you a receipt; please bring this to your tour, and the deposit will be deducted from your admission. If you cancel the tour more than 14 days in advance, the deposit will be refunded in full. Should you need to reschedule, we can apply your deposit to the new date.
Entrance, Parking, and Accessibility: Group tours should park at the Office Entrance, at 1552 Bancroft Road. Tour buses can enter at the North Entrance (1500 Bancroft Road). Please let us know if you will be arriving by bus, and make sure that buses shut off their engines while waiting. Consider carpooling as parking is limited. Our packed dirt and gravel pathways may cause difficulty for walkers or wheelchairs. We have two wheelchairs with wide wheels available for use. Contact us with questions.
The Garden offers a two-hour field trip program that meets the California curriculum standards for the third grade but can be adapted for students of all ages. Learn more here. Schedule a Children's Tour by contacting our Education Director.