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Upcoming Closure: the Arboretum will be closed to the public Monday May 29. All other garden areas remain open.

Photography Locations

Photography Permits

Permits are required for any professional photography session (weddings, engagement, family, graduation, etc.) on RBG grounds.

  • grooms romantically leaning towards each other in the Mediterranean garden
  • Family with mother, daughter and twin daughters sitting under a tree in a pile of yellow leaves in fall
  • Wedding Bridal Party posing On Garden Fountain
  • Bride and Groom in breezeway decorated for the holidays
  • Wedding Couple In Mediterranean Garden Greenhouse

Photo Credits: (header), Melissa Noelle Photography (1), Captured Memories Photography (3, 4), Fotoflare Photography (5)

Photography at RBG

  • Hendrie Park, Mediterranean Garden, and Rock Garden: Available Monday to Thursday only. Friday to Sunday is reserved for clients with event bookings – please contact your account executive.
  • Laking and Arboretum: Available any day of the week
  • 3 hour time slots
  • Permit covers up to 20 people (add up to 10 more guests for an additional cost)

Our sales team requires a minimum of 5 business to process permit requests.

Photography Locations

RBG offers five beautiful garden areas to choose from for your wedding photography. You will be required to select one of the options below upon booking.

Credit: ESM Photography

Hendrie Park

Our largest garden area, Hendrie Park is home to a wide array of blooms and architectural features. Pose with the double reflecting ponds, the famous iron gates, fountains, bridges, the Rose Garden, and acres of incredible flowers and plants.

About Hendrie Park
Credit: Fotoflare Photography

Mediterranean Garden

Two landscaped levels showcase cultivars of native and exotic Mediterranean plants. This indoor garden blooms through the winter, and features a koi pond, stairs, benches, cacti and succulent collection, and more.

About the Mediterranean Garden
Credit: Fotoflare Photography

David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden

This historic Rock Garden has been recently rejuvenated, home to winding water features, perennial plants and rustic limestone steps. Descend into the lower bowl for a truly unforgettable landscape.

About Rock Garden
Arboretum in Mid-May


More like an English landscape park, the Arboretum features a wide variety of trees and grassy fields. It is especially beautiful in late spring, when the magnolias, lilacs, and crabapples bloom.

About the Arboretum
Laking Garden in June

Laking Garden

Available May to October

Set on a fertile terraced plain, formerly a market garden, Laking Garden is home to RBG’s herbaceous perennial collections, including a wide plain of iris and peonies. The Hilda E. Marrs Gazebo and terraced landscape make for a truly romantic atmosphere.

About Laking Garden

Submit a Photography Permit Request

Prior to starting your application, please note this important information: 

  • Please allow a minimum of 5 business days for your application to be processed. We are unable to accommodate walk-in group or wedding photography.
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sundays at Rock Garden, Hendrie Park, and the Mediterranean Garden are reserved for clients with event bookings only (please contact your account executive).
  • Wedding photography includes pre & post wedding photography, and any time wedding attire is worn.