Guided Tours

Availability and Bookings

The Garden is once again scheduling guided tours! Please use the form below to let us know you are interested in a tour. Please call us at 608-576-2501 or email to with any additional questions.

Full payment and headcount must be received at least 1 week prior to the tour. Any additional attendees added after the final payment  must be paid for at the time of the tour.*

*Final payment non-refundable. Refunds will not be granted for changes in attendance.


Group Sizes

Groups smaller than 10 will be charged a flat rate of $50, which must be paid in full at least one week prior to the tour date to confirm a reservation.

People on Bridge
Japanese Garden and Pond

Guided vs. Self-Guided Tours

Guided tours are led by a student intern, Garden staff member or the Executive Director. All guided tours require a reservation.

Self-guided tours do not require a reservation and do not include any docents. However, it is strongly recommended you call ahead of time to ensure your group’s visit doesn’t conflict with any other Garden activities.

Tour Offerings

Tier 1: General Tours

General Garden tour, given by a student intern or garden staff and includes garden history, stories, and plant highlights.

Duration: 45 minutes–1 hour

Number of participants         Cost*

1-10                                             $50

11-20                                           $100

21-30                                           $150

31-40                                           $200

41-50                                           $250

*Weekend tours require an additional $25 fee per guide. 

Tier 2: Director Tour

Executive Director Tours

Personalized Garden tour with the Garden’s Executive Director for a maximum of 25 people.

Duration: 1–1.5 hours

Number of participants         Cost

1-10                                             $100

11-20                                           $200

21-25                                           $250


Tour Inquiry

Contact Name(Required)
Are you a UW-Madison Group(Required)
If you are a UW-Madison course, please use the class visit form located here:
What ages are your group members?(Required)
Please provide your best estimate
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All dates subject to staff availability.
First Choice Time(Required)
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Second Choice Time
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Third Choice Time
What kind of tour are you interested in?(Required)
Koi in the Pond