Note: Tour schedules may be affected by COVID-19. Please check for updates.

To minimize health and safety risks to the community and comply with UNC system directives, the Garden is currently closed to the public. Given the uncertainty about when the Garden will reopen, we are unable to schedule any guided tours until further notice. If you would like to be contacted when scheduling resumes, please email Elaine McManus at

We offer free public tours, private guided tours, hikes, and excursions in our gardens and natural areas and around the state.

Experience the beauty of our unique native plant gardens and learn what makes the North Carolina Botanical Garden one of the premier conservation gardens in the U.S.


Free Public Tours

NCBG Display Gardens

SECOND Saturdays, every month of the year
10-11 a.m.

Each month offers a glimpse into what’s happening in the Garden, from spring wildflowers to fall color. Tours are one hour and led by our trained Garden Guides. Space is limited! Free; preregistration encouraged. Meet in the Allen Education Center lobby.

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Coker Arboretum

THIRD Saturdays, March through November
11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Explore this gem on the UNC campus with a Coker Arboretum curator! Each tour differs as wildflowers bloom and the gardens change through the seasons. Free; preregistration encouraged. Meet at the stone gathering circle on the Cameron Avenue side of the Arboretum.

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Private Tours

Schedule a private guided tour for your adult or senior group! Private tours are available from March through November, Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Beyond the Garden

In addition to tours of our display gardens, we offer hikes, tours, and excursions in our other natural areas and around the state.

Garden Etiquette

  • Leashed pets are allowed on the Piedmont Nature Trails. With the exception of service animals, no pets are allowed within the Display Gardens.
  • No smoking, e-cigarettes, or weapons allowed.
  • Please park your bicycle in the provided bike racks.
  • Pack out what you pack in. Use designated recycling and trash bins.
  • Please do not leave valuables within sight in your vehicle.
  • We share this garden with many wild animals. Please be respectful of their space during your visit.
  • Please respect our native plants. Do not pull, pick, or prod plants or stamp, stomp, or tromp in the garden displays.


The Allen Education Center and many of the Garden displays are wheelchair accessible. If you need special accommodations to enable your visit to the Garden, please let us know by calling 919-962-0522.

Marked accessible parking spaces can be found in the parking lot—several near the drop-off for the Education Center, and others closer to the Totten Center and original display gardens. If you require assistance in moving from a parking space to the building entrance, please call 919-962-0522 and tell us when to expect you; a member of the staff will be available to assist you.

Visitor Safety

The safety and well-being of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is the highest priority of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Read our visitor safety information.