Photography Policy

This policy applies to all professional and non-professional portrait photographers using any area of Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden at any time.  All sessions in Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden must be scheduled.

General Guidelines for all Photographers

  • Photographers and subject may not stand in planting beds, please remain on paths

  • Light stands and equipment may not be placed in planting bed

  • No glitter, confetti, aerosol products, etc.

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

  • Drone photography is not allowed at the Garden

  • Please leaver your pets at home, Service Animals only

Professional Photography

  • Includes any session where there is exchange of money

  • All sessions must be scheduled by the photographer through the Garden’s office during business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am until 5:00 pm) at least 48 hours before session

  • Fee:  $200 for 2-hour session must be paid in advance through the Garden’s office during business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am until 5:00 pm) at least 48 hours before session

  • This fee is not refundable if you cancel

  • In the event of inclement weather, portrait sittings may be rescheduled

  • Portrait appointments start at the time reserved, not when the subject or photographer arrives

  • The Garden reserves the right to restrict the times and locations of portrait sittings

  • The Garden is not closed to previously scheduled groups or to the general public during photography sessions

Individuals who are not professional portrait photographers 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.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 336-996-7888 or email


Welcome to our Garden!

215 South Main Street

Kernersville, NC   27284 


Garden Open Daily Dawn until Dusk

Welcome Center and Office Hours 

Monday-Friday; 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Gift Shop Hours 

Tuesday-Friday; 10:00 am-4:00 pm

While visiting, please . . . 

  • Respect our plants and remain on paths.

  • Keep your children in sight.

  • Pets are not allowed.  Service animals are always welcome.

  • No Smoking.  Keep our Garden smoke and tobacco free.  Tobacco is a threat to our plants.  Discarded cigarettes can cause mulch fires in our garden beds. 

  • Photography is always welcome but should not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests.  Professional photographers, please contact the office to coordinate your visit.

  • Artists are always welcome.  Please contact our office to coordinate your visit.  

  • Please follow any requests made by our Garden staff.

  • Visit the Garden often and please leave the Garden as you found it!