Self-Guided Group Visit

The UC Botanical Garden offers self-guided group visits for adult groups. Groups with minors should schedule a docent-led tour on our Docent-Led Tour page. College and University classes must request group visits on our College & University page.

If you would like to schedule a group visit, please email at least two weeks in advance of your visit so that we can best serve your group. Please note that the Garden is closed on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.

A brief, staff-led introduction to the Garden is required for self-guided groups. Please plan enough time for this as part of your visit. 

We strongly recommend scheduling your group visit for a weekday, as parking can be a challenge on weekends.

Self-Guided Contemplative Tour


Refocus and be restored by the Garden’s beauty on a self-guided contemplative tour of the collection. This free downloadable guide offers quiet locations in the Garden to read a poem, take in nature’s beauty, or just simply ‘be’. Set aside your stress and worries for a time to help yourself relax and build resilience for these challenging times. Download here.


Self-Guided Tour: 10+ California Native Plants You Should Know


Illustration: Jepson eFlora

Get an introduction to some of the native California plants that you will find when you are out and about in our local regional parks and wild areas, or that you might see in waterwise or wildlife-friendly gardens in the Bay Area. Some are endemic – restricted – to California, and others occur throughout the West. All contribute to the enormous diversity of plants in the Golden State, and to the well-being of the insects, birds, mammals and other animals that depend on them. Download here.