Guided Tours

Availability and Bookings

The Garden is not presently scheduling guided tours due to COVID-19. Please contact Elin Filbey at 608-576-2501 or efilbey@wisc.edu regarding an existing reservation.

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.

Pergola

Group Sizes

A minimum of 10 people are required for a guided tour. 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

Cost: $5/person

Tier 2: Director Tour

Executive Director Tours

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

Director of Horticulture Tours

Enjoy a plant-centric tour with the horticultural creative director behind many of the plant choices and designs throughout the Garden. Maximum of 25 people.

Duration: 1–1.5 hours

Cost: $10/person

*In order to provide your group with an intimate and tailored experience, one tour guide is required for every 25 guests. Each additional tour guides requires a $25 fee. 

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

Koi in the Pond