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We encourage photography as a hobby—and using The Dawes Arboretum as a subject is simply stunning. However, we work hard to cultivate and maintain healthy plants. Plant damage can occur easily during photo sessions so we ask that photographers and groups follow our guidelines to ensure the plants are protected.

  • Please be respectful of the plants and trees at all times.
  • Do not enter flower beds, climb tree branches or enter areas that are fenced off or gated.
  • Collecting plant materials like leaves, branches, fruits, etc. is not permitted.
  • Leave tables, benches, decorative pots and other materials where they have been placed by employees of The Arboretum. Moving such items for photographs and other uses may result in damage and/or personal injury.
  • Pets must be kept on leashes. Please do not allow pets to urinate on plants. Clean up pet waste and dispose of in a trash can.
  • Photography for commercial use must have permission from the Marketing Department of The Arboretum by contacting information@dawesarb.org or 800.44.DAWES.

* The Dawes Arboretum requests that all professional photographers who utilize The Arboretum’s grounds for weddings, senior portraits, special events, and other scheduled photography sessions are members of The Dawes Arboretum at the Chestnut Club Level ($75) or above. Select the option below to purchase your membership online.

Chestnut Club - club/professional level membership ($75 and up)

Organizations have an exclusive category of membership.   Non-profit organizations, clubs and corporations with 30 or fewer members or employees may join for $75 per year.   Benefits include one free on-grounds program for your group and one free four-hour room rental during regular business hours (other hours are made available at an additional fee).   A membership card will be supplied to the head of the organization and is valid for a 15% discount in the gift shop for items purchased on behalf of the organization.   This level also permits the cardholder to use of Arboretum grounds for professional photography within our guidelines (see our FAQ page at dawesarb.org/about/faqs/ for more information).  For larger organizations, please stop by the Visitors Center or contact the Director of Development at development@dawesarb.org or 800.44.DAWES for details.
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Hours & Admission

Arboretum Hours:

Open at 7am
Auto Tour closes for entry at 8pm. Grounds close by sunset.
Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving & Christmas days.

Admission is free

Visitors Center Hours:

Monday - Saturday
8am - 5pm
Sundays and holidays
12pm - 5pm