Frequently Asked Questions About Our Photography Policy
My children and I like to visit the gardens after story time. Do I need a permit to take pictures of them?
No. Photo permits are only required for those who are using the gardens for portrait sessions.
I am getting married and my friend is doing my pictures. Do I still need the permit?
Yes. Due the varying and sometime large size of wedding parties, and the fact that we do not know which photographers are legitimately "friends," versus actual photographers, we require you to acquire a permit before your photo session.
I am getting married and would like to do a quick ceremony before our photos.
We do not allow wedding ceremonies or other private events at this time.
I represent a non-profit organization and we would like to photograph our gala chairs in your garden. Is this possible?
Yes. You still need a permit, but we will waive the fee for registered 501(c)3 charities for photographic projects that are directly related to the mission of your organization.
Why do you charge a photography fee?
The gardens are open to the public seven days a week and there is no charge for admission. In addition to the costs of regular maintenance, we also employ a security guard to ensure that our gardens remain safe and that your experience is enjoyable. While we do not charge for regular entry, this fee helps ensure that the gardens are not misused and remain an oasis for our community.