Guided Tours for Your Group

Schedule a guided tour with one of our skilled Garden Guides to give your group special attention and an opportunity to share their “insider’s knowledge” of the Garden.  We offer engaging tours on a number of different topics.

General guided tour information:

  • Average tour length: 1 hour (unless otherwise noted)
  • Tours must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
  • Tours are available during regular Garden hours
  • The cost is $14 per person (includes guided tour and Garden admission) for groups of 15 or more. Groups with fewer than 15 pay the minimum fee of $210.
  • Tours are designed for adult or senior groups
  • We provide one Garden Guide for every 15-20 people
  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Transportation around the Garden cannot be provided.
  • Complimentary admission for tour coordinator and bus driver
  • Minimum headcount and payment is due seven business days prior to your visit, with final headcount and payment 2 business days in advance.
  • Call 804-262-9887 x320 to schedule your tour.

Guided Tour Topics

From Bicycle Club to
Botanical Garden

Availability: Year Round

Find out how the beauty of today’s botanical garden began in the bicycle craze of the 1890s. Your experienced Guide will share seasonal highlights and let you see why the Travel Channel calls this one of the “Best Botanical Gardens in the U.S.”  This tour will allow you to see the most of the Garden’s 50 landscaped acres!

Heart of the Garden

Availability: Year Round

Explore the Central Garden closest to the Robins Visitor Center. Enjoy the Conservatory displays, the Fountain Garden, Healing Garden, Four Seasons Garden and Rose Garden (during peak season only). Visit the current exhibit in the Gallery space of the Kelly Education Center.  All paths are flat and ramps are available. Benches and restrooms are conveniently located.  Garden Guides can pace the visit to suit your group. Abundant displays from orchids to artwork make this a rewarding visit without extensive walking. Groups are free to visit the rest of the garden at their own pace after the tour.

The Asian Valley

Availability: Year Round

Slowly stroll the winding paths between the quiet pools and lichen covered rocks. Focus on the landscape details until the sculptural trees and muted colors bring a serene sense of being close to nature. Your volunteer Garden Guide will lead you in discovering seasonal surprises.

World of Trees

Availability: Year Round

If our landmark trees could talk they would tell you many tales. Volunteer Garden Guides enjoy speaking for them and showing you fascinating aspects of their bark, flowers, roots, and even knees. Tours visit many parts of the site and always enjoy the most memorable seasonal highlights.

Dominion Energy
GardenFest of Lights Early Bird Tour

Availability: November 23, 2018 – January 7, 2018

Knowledgeable Garden Guides lead your private group of 15 – 40 adults in early-evening exploration of GardenFest of Lights.  Tours include special behind the scenes details of the region’s most magical light show.   Learn how this year’s theme, Bringing Art to Life is expressed as you discover how the Garden’s staff and volunteers helped create vignette’s from well-known works of art.   As darkness falls, your “early bird” access allows you to see the Garden’s transformation as it glows bright!

Origami in the Garden
Guided Tour

Availability: April 13 – September 30, 2018

Explore the Garden grounds in this guided exploration of the monumental sculptures created by artist Kevin Box. Visit seasonal garden highlights while your Garden Guide tells the story of the ancient art of paper folding.

Tours the garden’s complete seasonal exhibit; expect some uneven terrain.

Enjoy a delicious meal before or after your tour!  View our dining options for groups.

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Book Your Adult Guided Tour Today!

Contact the Adult Education Assistant at 804-262-9887, x320, email [email protected], or submit the form below.


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Adult Guided Tour Request Form

Adult Guided Tour Request

This form requests an adult guided group tour
  • From Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden includes the property's history and seasonal highlights. The Heart of the Garden Tour is designed for groups who prefer a more leisurely paced tour, less walking with ample seating along the tour route. Dominion GardenFest of Lights Early Bird Tour is only available November 27, 2017 - January 8, 2018.
  • Please enter a number from 5 to 75.
    Groups with fewer than 15 may still request a tour for the minimum charge of $210