Houston Botanic Garden is open with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Facemasks are required to visit. View Garden Rules.

Houston Botanic Garden is open with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Facemasks are required to visit. View Garden Rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

About The Garden

What COVID-19 safety guidelines does the Garden have in place?

  • Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all visitors 10 and older.
  • For the safety of our visitors and staff, we ask all visitors to follow social distancing guidelines, staying at least 6 feet apart.
  • Hand sanitation stations are located throughout the Garden.
  • Anyone showing any symptoms of COVID-19 should not visit the Garden.

Is anything closed because of COVID-19?

  • There is limited seating—and we may have to limit the number of visitors allowed at one time—inside the Welcome Pavilion, to maintain safe capacity limits.
  • Tiles for the water walls in the Culinary Garden were delayed and will not be installed until later this fall.
  • The water play in the Susan Garver Family Discovery Garden is closed until further notice.
  • The displays in the Curiosity Cabinets in the Global Collection Garden have not been installed, to reduce commonly touched surfaces.

How does timed ticketing work?

  • Timed tickets will help the Garden manage capacity to allow for social distancing.
  • You must enter within the hour indicated on your ticket. We will make every effort to accommodate late arrivals, but late entry is not guaranteed, to ensure we maintain safe capacity limits.
  • You may stay as long as you like. Average visits are between 1.5-2 hours.
  • Members need to reserve a timed ticket—at no additional charge —to guarantee entry.

What happens if it rains?

  • The Garden is open rain or shine, unless the severity of the weather poses a threat to the safety of our visitors and staff (like a hurricane).
  • All tickets are non-refundable. Please check the weather and dress appropriately. There is covered seating under the Alcoves along the Global Collection Garden, in the Welcome Pavilion, and on its Terrace adjacent to the Culinary Garden.

Can I buy tickets at the Garden?

We strongly encourage you to purchase tickets in advance online. If there is still capacity, you may purchase on-site, but admission is not guaranteed.

Do we need tickets or member reservations for infants and children?

Yes, everyone entering the Garden—regardless of age—will need a ticket or a member reservation.

Is there a parking fee?

No, on-site parking is free!

Can we bring our own food and drinks?

  • Outside food and drinks are not permitted inside the Garden’s gate, with the exception of food necessary for babies and infants. Refillable water bottles are welcome and encouraged.
  • For more information, see Respecting the Garden and Other’s Enjoyment in the Garden Rules.

What are the Garden Rules?

You can find the complete Garden Rules here.

How do we get there?

  • The Houston Botanic Garden is located east of I-45 South on Park Place Blvd. Entering 8210 Park Place Blvd. into your preferred mapping app or website should bring you to our entry drive, One Botanic Lane.
  • METRO Route 005-Southmore runs along Park Place Blvd. The closest stops to our entry gate are 853 (Park Place Blvd. @ River Dr.) and 848 (Park Place Blvd. @ Hartford St.).
  • Our entry bridge includes a dedicated lane for bicyclists and pedestrians. There is a bicycle rack available on a first-come, first-served basis near the southeast corner of the Picnic Grove, across from the Welcome Pavilion.
  • The Sims Bayou Greenway hike-and-bike trail runs adjacent to our South Gardens, but we are not currently able to admit guests directly into the South Gardens, so those coming on foot or bicycle need to enter off of Park Place Blvd.

What photography is allowed?

  • Visitors are welcome to take photographs and videos at the Garden, for personal use only, so long as all Garden Rules are followed.
  • Cameras with an attached flash are allowed. Please leave all tripods, stand-alone flashes, and other large equipment at home.
  • Large props and anything that might get left in the Garden, like confetti, are not allowed.
  • Drone photography is not allowed.
  • Commercial film and photography require prior approval. Location fees apply. Please contact our Director of Communications & Community Engagement to coordinate.
  • Members of the media who wish to take photos or videos should contact our Director of Communications & Community Engagement to coordinate.
  • During your visit, you may be filmed and/or photographed by a Garden employee or contract photographer. Your attendance serves as permission for the use of your image by the Garden for promotional or archival purposes.

Can I bring my pet?

  • Pets – as well as emotional support, assistance, or companion animals – are not allowed.
  • Properly identified service animals that provide assistance for visitors with disabilities are permitted everywhere, with the exception of the Susan Garver Family Discovery Garden, and must be registered at the Ticket Window in the Welcome Pavilion.

Where are the restrooms located?

Restrooms are located in the Welcome Pavilion on The Island and the Susan Garver Family Discovery Garden in the South Gardens.

Can we get a tour of the Garden?

  • Guided tours are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for an additional per-person fee on top of the cost of a general admission ticket, and advanced purchase of tour tickets are highly recommended to ensure space.
  • Private tours are also available by advanced reservation, at an additional flat fee. Learn more here.

How do we get around the Garden?

Most visitors will spend 1.5-2 hours in the Garden, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for weather conditions. The Garden is ADA accessible for wheelchairs. At this time, the Garden will not be offering on-site shuttling. Please contact us at info@hbg.org with any accessibility questions.

Can I donate a plant?

Thank you for thinking of the Garden! Please contact our Vice President for Horticulture to discuss.

Can I smoke at the Garden?

Smoking and vaping are not allowed at the Garden.

Are strollers and wheelchairs available?

Unfortunately, strollers and wheelchairs are not available to borrow or rent at this time, so please bring your own and plan accordingly.