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

Visitor Days are held the first Tuesday of the month April through October. These tours 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. We are currently sold out for the year.

Private 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.

Garden Masters: Botanical Abundance - A Celebration of Natural History of the Southern Appalachians

Join us for a half day to experience the botanical richness of one of the world's great biodiversity hotspots through the lens of the special gardens of the Southern Highlands Reserve and two adjacent private gardens that take their horticultural inspiration from the fascinating natural history of a region long celebrated by scientists as among the most important and unique on the planet.

Summer Speaker Series

Due to concerns regarding Covid-19, we have canceled our speakers series.

Native Plant Symposium

Due to concerns regarding Covid-19, we have canceled our annual native plant symposium.

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.

Plant Sale

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we have canceled our annual plant sale.  If you are interested in purchasing native plants, please email to learn more.