The Botanic Garden is open to individuals and households by reservation, with up to five persons per reservation. A total of two reservations per household may be made each week. Dogs are not allowed in the Botanic Garden.
At this time, the Botanic Garden will be open to visitors on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The latest reservation for entry into the Botanic Garden will be 3:30pm.
To schedule a reservation, please call (510) 544-3169, or email BGarden@ebparks.org. Reservations may be scheduled with Botanic Garden office staff - Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm - up to two weeks in advance. Your reservation is not a confirmed reservation until you speak with our office staff and receive a reservation confirmation email.
Be prepared to provide all of the following information when making a reservation: · Primary Contact person (your full name) · Primary Contact's phone number (is this a landline? or cell phone?) · Primary Contact’s email address · Number of people in your reservation
Please note that reservations at this time will not include day camps, school groups, company outings, wedding parties, wedding photos shoots, picnics, sunbathing, educational tours, or film shoots.
Lounging on the lawns will not be permitted in the garden as all visitors are expected to move through the Botanic Garden at a reasonable pace. The Botanic Garden’s Visitor Center, offices, water fountains, and trash and recycling containers are not available for use in the Botanic Garden at this time. A water fountain, and trash and recycling containers are available at Camp Oaks (the Botanic Garden’s parking lot). As always, public restrooms are available at Camp Oaks (parking lot).
Upon entry to the Botanic Garden, the Primary Contact person may need to provide an ID and groups must arrive at your scheduled reservation time to check-in. If you are late to arrive, you will be admitted. Do not arrive significantly earlier, as you will not be admitted until your reservation time.
COVID-19 safety rules are in effect at the Botanic Garden. Visitors must always wear a mask, and keep a minimum of six feet distance from others. On narrow garden paths and trails, persons or small groups closest to an intersecting trail must back up into that intersection, to safely yield the right-of-way to an oncoming individual or small group. If mask-wearing and required social distancing rules are not followed, you may be asked to leave.
At this time, the scheduled maximum number of visitors per open day is 120 visitors.