Garden Rules

Visiting the Gardens: Rules of Behavior

It takes a lot of work to keep our Gardens beautiful. We have an EXTREMELY FRAGILE plant collection. Please respect our work and keep in mind that the Botanical Gardens at Asheville is not a play park. We have created these rules for the well-being of our plants as well as for the safety and the consideration of all visitors. We invite you to enjoy the Gardens but leave them as you found them.

Special note to parents: We love for children to explore nature here at the Gardens. Unfortunately, the majority of the damage we sustain comes from under-supervised children. Please review the rules below upon arrival and monitor your children closely at all times during your visit.

Special note for groups: Any group or organization wishing to use our facilities for any reason must review our policies governing the use of our indoor and outdoor spaces AND contact our office administrator, Kaita Collier at or 828-252-5190 before your visit.



  • NO DOGS or other pets allowed.
  • Stay on established paths or lawns and out of signed, fenced, or roped-off areas.
  • All species are protected – Do not pick or collect plants, seeds, berries, insects, animals, rocks, etc.
  • Do not remove or modify natural features.
  • Sporting games and similar activities are not allowed – no footballs, soccer balls, Frisbees, kites, etc. There are city parks for these activities.
  • Do not climb trees.
  • Do not walk on rock walls.
  • No bike riding allowed. Either push bike or lock it at bike rack in the parking lot.
  • No suspension hammocks or tight-ropes.
  • No drones or radio-controlled vehicles or aircrafts.
  • Picnics are fine; no grilling, stoves, fires, etc.
  • Access streams only in designated areas. Do not climb down banks at random.
  • Unauthorized vehicles are not allowed to enter the Gardens.
  • All children must be closely supervised at all times to protect them and our plants.
  • No smoking.


  • Nature study: botany, bird watching, etc.
  • Artistic pursuits: photography, painting, journaling, etc.
  • Picnics: benches and tables are provided, or bring your own blanket.  Please remove all trash and place in containers near the Botany Center.
  • Exercise: strolling and jogging on established paths.