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Photography Policy

All professional, non-professional portrait photographers and businesses using any area of Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden at any time please call the garden, 336-996-7888.

A $50.00 Fee is required for all businesses and professional portrait sessions.

Your fee supports future expansions of the garden and our mission...

Inspire, Enlighten and Connect!

  • All sessions are 90 minutes

  • Sessions must be scheduled using the form at the bottom of this page at least 48 hours in advance.

  • A Garden Representative will be in touch within 24 hours of the next business day to confirm your date & time.

  • Your reservation is not valid until payment has been received and a Garden Representative has confirmed your session.

  • Sessions start at the time reserved.

  • In the event of inclement weather, sessions may be rescheduled.

  • Sessions are non-refundable.

  • The Garden reserves the right to restrict the times and locations of sessions.

  • The Garden does not close to the general public during photography sessions.

  • Sessions are held outdoors only, the Welcome Center and Facilities remain closed past Office Hours.

  • An additional fee will apply for those requesting the use of the Facility.

  • Parking is in the main lot. If Photography Sessions overlap with a scheduled Private Event, alternate parking is available.  Inquire with the Rental Coordinator.

General Guidelines for all Photography

  • Photographers and subject may not stand in planting beds, please remain on paths or Lawn areas.

  • Light stands and equipment may not be placed in planting beds.

  • No glitter, confetti, aerosol products, etc., and no releasing of balloons. 

  • No anchoring or staking in the ground, no tying of objects to plants or hardscapes.

  • Do not disturb or remove plants, plant labels, containers, garden furniture, etc.

  • Drone photography is not allowed at the Garden.

  • Please leave your pets at home, Service Animals only.

  • Do no leave belongings unattended and carry out what you bring in.

  • All Containers and Furniture should remain in their original positions.

Individuals who are not professional portrait photographers or businesses and are not charging a fee and/or who will not be using the photographs for commercial purposes in any form may photograph in the Garden without a fee.

To schedule a Photography Session, please call us at 336-996-7888.

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