Adult Group Tours

Through a variety of tours, groups can experience some of the Arboretum’s 65 acres of gardens and 10 miles of hiking trails in a whole new way! Guided group tours require a deposit of $50, which is applied to the total invoice for the program.  Parking fees are waived for guided tours. All group programs require at least three weeks notice prior to visit date, a completed Group Program Reservation form and the deposit. Deposits are refunded if The North Carolina Arboretum is closed due to inclement weather. Cancellation fees are $25 if more than 30 days from the event and $50 within 30 days of the event. Please note that booked tours are held rain or shine, so plan to dress accordingly. Tour options include:

Garden Tour

10 person minimum | 60 person maximum | $5 per person.
Begin your tour at the Baker Exhibit Center. A Garden Guide will lead the group through three acres of exhibit gardens and may include descriptions of garden design, seasonal plants, 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. Large groups will be divided into groups of 12 to 15 persons. This tour lasts 1.5 hours and is wheelchair accessible. Please allow  extra time for lunch at the Bent Creek Bistro and shopping at the Connections Gallery gift shop.

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Trail Tour

10 person minimum | 45 person maximum | $5 per person
A Trail Guide will lead small groups on one of the Arboretum’s many trails, highlighting the plant and animal communities as well as the natural history of the region. Get close to the creek and out in the woods in a safe and beautiful environment! Large groups will be divided into groups of 15. Please plan for a 1.5 to 2 hour walk over a 1 to 2 mile route.

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Specialty Tour – Bonsai Exhibition Garden

No minimum | 40 person maximum | $125 per group
Learn more about the Arboretum’s renowned Bonsai collection by visiting the garden with our Bonsai curator. This tour is offered Monday – Friday and is wheelchair accessible. A tour of the Bonsai Exhibition Garden lasts one (1) hour.

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Student Field Trips

The Arboretum’s popular guided student field trip programs are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The schedule opens in late August for field trips in September through May. Scheduling several months in advance is highly recommended. Please click here to learn more about programs and pricing.

Weekly Guided Garden & Trail Walks

From April – October, The North Carolina Arboretum leads free weekly guided walks. Walks begin in the Baker Exhibit Center lobby and are available on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations accepted). Groups of 10 or more are asked to book a guided tour in advance by calling 828-665-2492 x. 314. Walks are FREE, however, donations to The North Carolina Arboretum Society are appreciated. Regular parking fees apply.

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