Plan Your Visit

Open to the Public

9am – 4pm Daily. Closed Tuesdays
Closed New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Early Close at 2pm the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s

Garden Admission

Please check-in at the Gift Shop.



Seniors 65+


Teens 13-17, Active Military, Students


Children 12 and under


Garden Members

including AHS RAP Members

Become a member today!

Family in the Garden. Photo by Matt Davis

Become a member of the Sonoma Botanical Garden for free admission to the Garden, access to hundreds of gardens nationwide, discounts at local nurseries, and more.

Driving Directions

About 8 miles north of Sonoma, the Garden is located on California Highway 12 (Sonoma Highway), just north of Arnold Drive intersection.

Do NOT turn on Miller Road. Enter directly through the gate off HWY 12. View the entrance to the Garden on Google Maps.


Follow signs from the entry gate on HWY 12 to Visitor Parking. Parking is free. Please check-in at the Garden’s gift shop after parking.

We do not currently have the capacity to host buses.

Things to Know

The Garden closes at 4pm. We recommend allowing at least an hour (most people prefer 1.5 to 2 hrs) to enjoy the Garden before close and discourage ticket sales after 3:30pm.

Wheelchair accessibility is limited. There are steep hills and uneven, loose trails. Unfortunately, the width, grade, and surfacing of our pathways does not allow for safe transportation or shuttling for members of the public on golf carts. Please contact us if you have questions.

Please leave pets at home (except service animals). Cracking your car windows does not keep your pet safe. When outside temperatures are only 70oF, it can reach 100oF in your car in just 20 minutes.

Picnic areas are scattered throughout the garden and near the parking lot. We encourage picnicking and ask that you pack in and out your trash – even food waste – to help keep our Garden beautiful and local wildlife healthy.

We encourage guests to bring water in refillable water bottles. Water is available in the Garden’s gift shop for purchase, but there is no access to drinking water on the trails.

Restrooms are located near the parking area and in the Garden northwest of the Arbor. Note: the Arbor restrooms are Port-a-Potties.

Biking and smoking are prohibited to ensure the tranquility of the Garden for all.

For your safety, stay on the paths. We share the Garden with rattlesnakes and mountain lions.

The Garden is a living museum with a scientifically documented collection. Many plants are rare or endangered and therefore significant to conservation efforts. Please do not remove seeds or cuttings from the garden.

Photography for personal use is welcomed. Please contact us for commercial photography or videography. Personal drones are not permitted.


For Your Safety

In accordance with Sonoma County Health Officer guidelines, masks are strongly recommended indoors for all guests and REQUIRED for unvaccinated individuals.

Even when we aren’t in a pandemic, it’s always a good idea to:

  • Give people outside your household some space by staying 6 feet away.
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill or have been in contact with someone who is sick.

Por Su Seguridad

De acuerdo con las pautas de Sonoma County Health Officer, se recomiendan máscaras en el interior para todos los invitados y OBLIGATORIO para personas no vacunadas..

Incluso cuando no estamos en una pandemia, siempre es una buena idea:

  • Deje algo de espacio a las personas fuera de su hogar manteniéndose a una distancia de 6 pies.
  • Lávese las manos regularmente con agua y jabón por lo menos 20 segundos o use un desinfectante para las manos.
  • Quédese en casa si se siente enfermo o ha estado en contacto con alguien que está enfermo.

Tours, Groups, and Programs


Groups of 8 or more guests are asked to make reservations in advance.

You may choose a self-guided visit (8-22 guests) to explore the Garden on your own OR a guided tour (4-22 guests).

Tour Maps & Brochures

Download one of our self-guided tour maps to print at home or view on your phone.

* Layout designed for letter sized paper, printed double-sided, flipped on short end. Fold in half for booklets or trifold for brochures.

School Programs

In response to the drastic changes we’ve seen in schools and the community, we are currently unable to host guided school programs. We are continuing to adapt to ongoing health concerns and will post updates to the website as they come available.

If you’re a teacher and would like to help us understand your needs, please contact Education.

Special Study

The garden is open year-round for horticultural students and professionals, for the purpose of botanical research and private horticultural study. Please contact us for more information.



Member Preview Day

Be among the first to walk the new trail among the California oaks & immerse yourself in the color and fragrance of the Garden’s botanical exhibition, From East to Zest: Citrus’ Colorful Journey Across the Globe.

Tickets available starting Oct 5 | Members Only

From East to Zest Opening Day

Explore citrus’ colorful journey across the globe and immerse in fragrance and color at the Garden’s first ever, indoor, living botanical exhibition.

November 5 – March 5 | Free with Garden admission

11/19 at 10am

The Evolution of Food

Join Garden Guide Alan Porter for an insiders tour exploring human intervention in plant selection and cultivation. Discover plants in the Asian woodland that are direct and indirect food sources. End at From East to Zest to see the diverse and tasty results of plant breeding and selection.


Friends & Family Sale

Get a jump on the holidays and support the Garden by shopping during the gift shop’s annual Friends & Family Sale. Members enjoy an EXTRA 10% off full-priced items all weekend in celebration of Museum Store Sunday.

Members only

The Evolution of Food

Join Garden Guide Alan Porter for an insiders tour exploring human intervention in plant selection and cultivation. Discover plants in the Asian woodland that are direct and indirect food sources. End at From East to Zest to see the diverse and tasty results of plant breeding and selection.

Contact Us

PO Box 232, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

Offices are open 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday (closed all major holidays)