Tours

Our 26-acre garden is a wonderful place to explore. Come enjoy a peaceful stroll through collections of plants from around the world and learn more about our environment. Guided tours led by knowledgeable members of Friends of the Arboretum will enhance your experience.

Self-Guided Tours

Do I need a reservation?

You don’t need a reservation for a self-guided tour.

However, we recommend that you make a reservation if your group has five or more people. This lets us accommodate you better.

Private Tours

Private tours for groups of five or more are available.

All tours need to be booked 2 months in advance of the requested tour date.

Reservations depend on the type of private tour you want to go on. See all three types below.

Request a Tour

There is a suggested gate donation of $5 per person for guided tours, which will be collected in advance of the tour. Your donation helps maintain the gardens.

guided nature tours

Guided Nature Tours

Weekdays Only. Last tour at 2:45 p.m. — Reservation Required

  • Walking tour for groups of up to 15.
  • One and a half hours long.
  • Ages five and up.
  • Adults must accompany children at all times.

heritage house tour

Guided Heritage House Tours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday — Reservation required
Saturdays and Sundays. 2-4 p.m. — Reservation recommended

  • Docents in Victorian dress lead tours of our 1894 Eastlake-style house and gardens.
  • Tour begins at the Heritage House.
  • Maximum of 10 people inside the house at one time.
  • Ages eight and up.
  • Adults must accompany children at all times.

Please note: Heritage House is closed in January and August.

free public nature tour

Guided Public Nature Tours

Second and fourth Sunday of each month, 10 a.m. — Reservation recommended

  • Knowledgeable docents guide you on a tour through our garden collections while sharing stories and folklore.
  • Enjoy sights and sounds off the beaten path as you walk secret trails.
  • Bring your walking shoes and your enthusiasm!
  • Tour begins at the Nature Center.

Guided Public Nature Tour Highlights of the Month

Guided weekend tours, for small groups of 5 to 10 people, are general information tours on the topic of the month ONLY. For specialized merit badge tours or large groups of people (more than 10), please request a tour. We have many knowledgeable Nature Guides that can be booked to meet your needs.

succulent plant
January:
Succulent Garden
channel islands exhibit
February:
Chaparral/Channel Islands
Desert plants
March:
Desert
meadow flowers
April:
Meadow
rose garden
May:
Roses/Herbs/Doc’s Garden
orchard tree
June:
Orchard/Farm
eastern cape blue cycad
July:
Palms & Cycads
tree with fruit
September:
Rare Fruit
flowers in front of heritage house
October:
Perennials (Oak Hall, Heritage House, Pavilion)
wooland trees and plants
November:
Deciduous Woodland
conifer trees
December:
Conifers for Christmas