Photography Sessions

Photographers, videographers, and artists are welcome to use the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) display collections and nature trails. We hope that you will credit and thank the Garden in your work, regardless of the category you appear in below!

Application Procedure for Non-Commercial Photographers

Individual non-commercial photographers, videographers and artists, when visiting on their own, do not need to submit a reservation form but must avoid damage to collections and disruption of visitors and garden activities.

Non-commercial photographers, videographers and artists visiting with a group must complete the reservation form, although there is no fee. Such groups may be asked to restrict their activities to certain places or times, depending on the Garden’s schedule and the size of the group.

Examples of non-commercial photography sessions include: nature photography, UNC student photography, hobby photography, etc.

Application Procedure for Professional/Commercial Photography

All professional/commercial photographers at the NCBG must complete the registration form and submit the reservation fee.

E-mail the completed form to the Events and Facilities Manager at least seven days before your visit to confirm that the date and location are available. A non-refundable payment (cash or check only) may be made at the time of reservation or on the day of the session at the reception desk. Make checks payable to North Carolina Botanical Garden.

  • Photography/video that requires multiple pieces of equipment and entourage
    = $75 per 2 hours
  • Photography/video that requires minimal equipment and subject
    = $25 per 2 hours

Examples of professional/commercial photography sessions include: wedding/engagement photography, family photography sessions, quinceañera, photography, professional headshots or portraits, commercial/marketing /advertising photography, etc.

Hours of Availability

  • Tuesday - Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
  • Closed on Mondays and University holidays

Facility Options

Group number should be no greater than 20 without prior approval. Clients need to arrive camera-ready as there are no dressing room facilities. Photographers, their clients and equipment are restricted from garden collections and planted areas and may not block or interfere with normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Session must occur on open areas, pathways and boardwalks - all people and equipment must remain out of garden collections/planted areas - no exceptions. The NCBG does not provide any equipment. With the exception of service dogs, pets are not permitted.

Parking + Accessibility

Parking may not be reserved exclusively for any group reserving space at the NCBG facilities during business hours; however, we will work with you in identifying alternative parking strategies. Public transit or carpooling are encouraged. Please call ahead of information regarding accessibility.


NCBG disclaims any responsibility for any personal property or equipment of photographer that is lost or damaged during the event. Photographer and/or user group shall be responsible for any damage to NCBG’s indoor facilities or outdoor premises caused by the photographer or user group, as applicable.


As part of UNC-Chapel Hill, the NCBG is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is therefore not permitted in anywhere on the property.

Matters Not Herein Provided

All matters not expressly herein provided for shall be in the discretion of NCBG.

Updated on January 04, 2016 at 01:54:34 pm.