Tours & Events

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Visitors Day

 Held the first Tuesday of the month April through October, these tours are perfect for backyard gardeners, plant enthusiasts or professionals in the fields of horticulture, design, and ecology. Visitors Day, led by a garden tour docent, is best suited for first-time guests to SHR. Entrance is $25 per person with a maximum of four per party.

All 2023 Visitors Day tours are sold out. 

Native Plant Arboretum | Research Center

Private Tours

Private tours offer a unique alternative to our monthly public Visitors Day. Priced at $50 per person with a $500 minimum, these tours provide a more personalized journey through the garden. Access to nature — to beautiful landscapes, to wild places and far-reaching vistas — is important, and SHR is committed to creating those opportunities.

Click below for the calendar to reserve a private tour!

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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 2024.

Native Plant Arboretum | Research Center

Plant Sale

Our 2022 native plant sale took place on

August 26th. Thank you to all who came to visit,

and we hope to see you again in 2023.


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