Schedule a private tour at the Center for Urban Horticulture and have an experience tailored just for your group.

Submit your tour request online or contact us at 206-685-8033 or!

Tours last 60-90 minutes and are led by trained guides. Three weeks’ advance notice is required for scheduling, and advance payment is required. Read our policies.

2018: Pricing is based on group size: 1-10 people: $50; 11-15 people: $75; 16-20 people: $100
Available start times are 10:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm, Monday through Saturday. We may be able to accommodate other start times upon request.

2019: Fee for walking tours is $175. Discount for senior living facilities, senior centers & UW student groups: $130. Maximum group size is 20.
Available start times for walking tours at the Center for Urban Horticulture are 10:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Green Building & Garden Tour

southupThe Center for Urban Horticulture, opened in 1984, is part of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. It includes a 16-acre landscaped site with buildings and gardens, the UW Farm, and the 74-acre Union Bay Natural Area, which provides publicly accessible wildlife habitat (more than 200 bird species have been sighted there) and an outdoor laboratory for UW research. The UW Botanic Gardens’ administrative offices are housed in Merrill Hall, along with associated faculty and research laboratories and greenhouses.

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If your group is larger than 20 people, please plan to divide into smaller groups and pay per group at the above rates.

Advance payment is required within one week of scheduling a tour. Education staff will call the group contact once the date is scheduled to collect payment.

Cancellations: Refund requests must be submitted in writing and postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed one week prior to the tour date. E-mail requests will receive an e-mail confirmation within two business days. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation, please call 206-685-8033 to inquire about the status of your request. Cancellations more than one week prior to a tour are subject to a 15 percent processing charge (minimum $10). Cancellations with less than one week’s notice are non-refundable. If a program is cancelled by UW Botanic Gardens for any reason, a full refund will be made to all enrollees. Refunds may take four weeks to process.

Late arrival: If your group is running late, please call 206-685-8033 to let us know. Tour guides will be available to meet groups up to 15 minutes after the scheduled arrival time. After that, your tour fee will be forfeited.

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