Every Friday morning at 10 a.m., April through October, trained volunteer guides lead small groups of participants throughout the Arboretum’s nationally-known cultivated gardens. Depending on the season, topics of discussion include descriptions of garden design, seasonal plants and the Arboretum’s history, art and general gardening information. Gardens on the tour include the Heritage Garden, signature Quilt Garden, Stream Garden, Bonsai Exhibition Garden (general information only) and the Plants of Promise Garden.
Programs are held rain or shine and participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Individuals should also wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Walks begin in the Baker Exhibit Center Lobby and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted but groups may book a private guided trail tour. Walks are FREE, however, donations to The North Carolina Arboretum Society are appreciated. Regular parking fees apply. Arboretum Society Members always park free.
Due to size limitations of the tours, groups of 10 or more are required to book a private guided garden tour.