We offer many opportunities to visit the Reserve during each visitor season, April - October.
All visits to the Reserve are guided and require reservations.
Visitor Days, held select Tuesdays and Fridays throughout our visitor season, provide the perfect outing for backyard gardeners, plant enthusiasts or professionals in the fields of horticulture, design and ecology. Visitor Days are best suited for first-time guests to SHR and are led by a Garden Tour Docent. $25 per person with a maximum of four per party
Please note, due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we have canceled our April and May tours. Private Tours provide the opportunity for a deeply personal look at the true beauty and wonder of the Reserve. Group Tours are ideal for garden clubs, plant societies and master gardener groups. $350 minimum per group up to 10 people, $35 per person from 11 - 20.
Join our Director, Kelly Holdbrooks, and NC Wildlife Resources Commission expert, Christine Kelly, on a guided hike. Guides will cover spruce-fir forest restoration from multiple perspectives. Cost is $25 per person.
In partnership with Greystone Inn, a series of experts will come to present about and discuss landscaping, history, and ecology of the Southern Appalachians while having fun! Our expert will give an informal talk for ~30 minutes, followed by Q&A and discussion. Attendees can get up, grab an hors d'oeuvres or refresh their beverages at any time. Our summer speaker series is FREE, no registration required!
The annual Native Plant Symposium is the Reserve’s principal educational event for the year, featuring nationally-recognized native plant and design experts who support our mission to educate others on the importance of native plant conservation and preservation.