Tour: The Evolution of Food
By Chance or Design, they're no longer the same plants.
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.
Please use the options to select the number of member or nonmember tickets and tour date.
Admission fee is included with tour ticket purchase. Space is limited, advance reservations recommended.
What does the reservation fee include?
By registering for this tour, you are reserving the number of tickets for the tour on the day you selected. This covers both the cost of the tour and the price of admission.
Does my reservation include parking?
Parking is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Spaces are limited and the Garden cannot accommodate buses at this time. Although your reservation reduces the risk of parking conflict, it does not guarantee open spots. Please consider sharing rides to reduce parking issues.
Can I reserve picnic tables?
There are many picnic tables throughout the Garden including several near the parking lot and restrooms. All tables and benches in the Garden are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests are encouraged to bring and enjoy a picnic or snacks in the Garden. Please help keep the Garden clean by remembering to pack out your trash.
The dates listed for this tour don't work for my group. Can I reserve a guided tour at a different day and time just for us?
Yes! If you are flexible with the topic of your tour and want to schedule a guided tour with one of our enthusiastic Garden Guides, please click here.
If you would like to reserve a special guided tour on this topic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with information on your availability and group size. We will do our best to coordinate between you and the Garden Guide to find a time that works.
Note, guided tours scheduled just for your group are a different price point then public tours. Please click here to learn more.
How long can I stay at the Garden?
This tour is about two hours long and with your registration you may enjoy the Garden as long as you'd like between 9am and 4pm on the day of your tour.
What is the Garden's tour cancellation policy?
Reservations may be cancelled for a refund minus 5% service fee up to 5 business days in advance. Cancellations within 5 business days may be subject to a 25% cancellation fee.
The Garden may reschedule or cancel the tour due to extreme weather or safety concerns. In the event of a schedule change, the Garden will contact you at the email listed on your reservation as soon as possible.
Will we see all the Garden on our tour?
Tours are designed to highlight sections of the Garden that may be of interest to your group. There is no way to see the whole Garden in only 2-hours! After your tour, you are welcome to continue exploring on your own. Your guide will be happy to give you tips on where to go next.
Some people in my group have mobility concerns. What are the Garden's pathways like?
The rose garden, gift shop, and shaded picnic tables by the restrooms are accessible. However, the Garden's natural and historic topography makes for steep, uneven, gravel pathways that may not be suitable for all guests. The primary path into the Garden has an elevation gain of roughly 70 feet between the entry and the arbor.
We encourage everyone to explore the Garden at their own pace. Your guide will be happy to walk slowly and take frequent breaks. Please review the Garden's visitor map to see if we are the right fit for you group.
What should we bring?
Comfortable, sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing are highly recommended. Aside from the gift shop and restrooms, the Garden is entirely outdoors. Bring a hat, sun protection, a snack, and bottled water.
Water and light snacks are for sale in the gift shop.