Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 3, 2020

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Reopens – reservations required

from the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden

Starting Saturday, June 27, 2020, the Botanic Garden is open to individuals and households by making free reservations for up to five individuals per reservation. Pets are not allowed in the Botanic Garden. Up to two reservations per household may be made each week.

At this time, the Botanic Garden will be open to visitors on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The latest reservation or visitor entry into the Botanic Garden will be 3:30 PM.

If you would like to schedule a reservation to visit the Botanic Garden please call our office at (510) 544-3169, or email Reservations can be scheduled with Botanic Garden office staff Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 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 phone number (is this a land line? or cell phone?)
  • Primary contact’s email address
  • Primary contact person’s home address
  • Number of individuals in your reservation

Please be aware that reservations at this time will not include day camps, school groups, company outings, wedding parties, wedding photo 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 in the Botanic Garden at this time. A water fountain, and trash and recycling containers are also available at Camp Oaks (the Botanic Garden’s parking lot). As always, public restrooms are available at Camp Oaks (in the Botanic Garden’s 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 early, as you will not be admitted until your reservation time.

Social distancing requirements are in effect at the Botanic Garden. Visitors must always wear a mask, and keep a minimum of six feet distance from others. Here are the full set of COVID-19 Rules for the Botanic Garden, including Garden paths that are closed. 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 required social distancing and mask wearing rules are not followed, you may be asked to leave.

At this time, IF the maximum number of visitor reservations for the day has NOT been reached by scheduled reservations, “walk-in” visitors will be allowed to make onsite reservations at the gate and will be allowed to enter the Botanic Garden until the maximum visitor number for the day has been reached. At this time, the scheduled maximum number of visitors per open day is 120 visitors.


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