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 $5 per person fee (minimum fee of $50), which includes the parking fee for that day. All group programs require at least three week notice, a completed Group Program Reservation form and a $50 deposit. The deposit will be applied toward the total invoice for the program. Refunds are given for a deposit in the case that The North Carolina Arboretum is closed due to inclement weather. There is a $25 cancellation fee if cancelling more than 30 days out; $50 cancellation fee if cancelling 30 days or less from the event. Group tours are wheelchair accessible. Please dress comfortably for your tour. To reserve your tour, please complete your application and mail it along with your $50 deposit to: Group Tours, The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, N.C. 28806. Checks should be made payable to The North Carolina Arboretum Society. Tour options include:

Garden Tour

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 and tours last 1-1.5 hours. Please allow extra time for lunch at the Bent Creek Bistro and shopping at the Connections Gallery gift shop. Book a Guided Garden Tour now! 10 person minimum, 60 person maximum, $5 per person.

Trail Tour

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. Book your Guided Trail Tour today! 10 person minimum, 45 person maximum, $5 per person.

Specialty* Tour – Bonsai Exhibition Garden

Learn more about the Arboretum’s renowned bonsai collection by visiting the garden with the bonsai curator. Tours offered Monday – Friday. Tours are one (1) hour.  Reserve a specialty tour of the Bonsai Exhibition Garden hereNo minimum. 40 person maximum. $125 per group

*Other specialty tours are available by special request and require a three to four week notice.

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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