Planning Your Visit

Our gardens offer an escape from our busy, urban lifestyle.  Please respect our plants and animals, and other guests in the garden by following our simple rules.


Touring the Garden
Allow at least one hour to tour the garden. Follow the white arrows, matching the numbers on the arrows with the numbers on the guide.  Please stay on brick paths (careful, as they may be very slippery) and if you bring children, please keep them at your side.


Tips for Enjoyment

  • Restrooms and a water fountain are located in the Education Building at 248 Ridgewood Avenue.

  • If you’d like to bring lunch or a snack, please enjoy it in the Children’s Garden.  (No alcohol, please.)  You will also find facilities for picnics nearby at the Little Sugar Creek Greenway or Freedom Park.

  • Artists are welcome to bring art supplies.

  • During the summer months, mosquitoes are a part of life in the garden; insect repellant may make your visit more enjoyable.

Bringing Children
  • If your trip to the garden includes bringing children, please see our Activities for Children page for tips on how to make their experience more enjoyable.

Handicapped Accessiblity
  • Wheelchair accessibility is limited in parts of our gardens.  Ours are historical properties, and some of our paths are narrow and unpaved.  Please ask the host in the Clarkson Home or the gardener on duty how to best enjoy the garden from a wheelchair.

Garden Etiquette

  • Please walk your dogs elsewhere

  • Please do not climb our trees; or walk on or in the water features 

  • Please do not pick the flowers or take plant material

  • Our gardens are not a playground

  • Please do not smoke or litter

  • Refrain from using cell phones