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Photography Policy

All professional and 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 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.

  • Payment is due at time of reservation. A permit and receipt will be sent to you via email, and you must be able to present a copy (digital or paper) upon request.

  • Sessions start at the time reserved.

  • Sessions are non-refundable.

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

  • 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 Facility Manager.

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 businesses or photographing a portrait session, and/or who will not be using the photographs for commercial purposes in any form, may photograph in the Garden without a fee.

**Prior to registering, you will need to create an account in ActiveNet. This is a one time step, and your account will allow you to book future photography sessions and track all programs and Garden events you have signed up to attend. CLICK HERE for instructions on how to create an account in ActiveNet.

Questions or need help booking your photography session? Contact Kristin Hennig at khennig@toknc.com or 336-996-7888

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