Tours & Events

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Visitor Days

Held the first Tuesday of the month April through October, these tours are 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. Entrance is $25 per person with a maximum of four per party.

We are currently sold out for 2022.

Native Plant Arboretum | Research Center

Private Tours

Providing a deeply personal look at the true beauty and wonder of the Reserve, these tours are ideal for garden clubs, plant societies, and master gardener groups. Reservations are a minimum of $350 and accommodate 10 people. Additional guests are $35 per person with a maximum of 20 in the group.

We are currently booked until August.

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Native Plant Symposium

The Reserve’s principal educational event for the year, the symposium features nationally-recognized native plant and design experts who support our mission of education on the importance of native plant conservation and preservation.

The Symposium will be back in 2023.

Native Plant Arboretum | Research Center

Plant Sale

Our annual plant sale will take place on August 26 this year. Details to come. For information on purchasing native plants, please email us at

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