When is the garden open?
The grounds are open from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. During private events, sections of the garden are reserved and may be closed to the public. Please respect those that have rented the garden and avoid closed areas. Check the Calendar of Events for more information and dates that have been reserved.
The offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and are closed on some holidays and in cases of inclement weather.
When is the best time to visit?
The garden is beautiful year round! Please check out What’s in Bloom if you are looking to see a particular plant.
What is there to see?
KBGA has a number of garden displays and unique plant specimens. We are well known for our extensive stone walls and stone architecture. Visit Garden Spaces to learn about each section.
What does it cost to visit?
The garden is free to the public! We accept donations and request a donation of $1 per map.
Is the garden accessible to wheelchairs?
The gardens cover varying terrain with gravel and mulch paths and, therefore, are not currently accessible to those with limited mobility.
Are there restroom facilities or water fountains?
There are currently restrooms in the KBGA Offices. We do not have water fountains, however we are happy to offer you water from our tap. Just ask!
Can I bring my pet?
Dogs are allowed provided that they are kept on a leash and you clean up after them. Other animals are typically discouraged – please contact us if you have questions.
Do you have a gift shop?
KBGA currently has a small gift shop located in the Visitor Center that mainly carries KBGA branded items including t-shirts, hats, water bottles, and postcards.
Is there someplace to eat?
We do not have an on site restaurant. You are welcome to bring a picnic the to the garden as long as you clean up afterwards using one of the many receptacles on site.
When was this built?
The Knoxville Botanical Garden has a very interesting history. The former Joe Howell home where we now have our offices was built in 1929 and had several additions through the 1940s. The stone walls and greenhouses were built mostly in the 1940s. The former C.B. Howell offices on the site of the Center for Urban Agriculture were built in 1913.
How are the gardens funded?
May I take photos?
Cameras are permitted in the Gardens and we want you to share your pictures with family and friends. If you happen to get a great shot, we’d love to see it! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or share it on our Facebook page. Professional photographers are asked to join as members. Please review our Photography Policy for more information.
Do you host events?
We do! The gardens are a beautiful backdrop for all types of events. For information about renting KBGA for your event, visit Rent the Garden.
Do you give tours?
Personally guided tours are available by appointment only. We ask that visitors please call ahead to request a personally guided tour. Tours are generally given with prior reservation, on weekdays and to groups of 10 or more.
If you would like a tour of the garden as a prospective event venue, please call the garden to make an appointment. We offer Event Tours Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 5:00 only.
Do you have volunteers?
We love volunteers! A number of dedicated individuals donate their time and energy to help make the gardens great. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the Volunteer page.
If you have a group that would like to do a volunteer day, please call or email us.