For your enjoyment and safety, and to protect and preserve our gardens, please follow these rules:

  1. Children must be supervised at all times.

  2. Walk only on paths or lawns.

  3. Leave all plants, including flowers and mushrooms, and wildlife undisturbed.

  4. Gates are locked at closing. Exit the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) before the posted closing time.

  5. Smoking is prohibited throughout the Gardens.

  6. Prohibited in our gardens are weapons of any kind, or items that look like weapons.

  7. Active sports (Frisbee, ball playing, kite flying, biking, jogging, etc.) are not permitted.

  8. Our gift shop and other facilities are for the enjoyment of ticketed guests and members only.

  9. We do not allow pets or therapy animals at the Gardens. We allow service animals, as protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    • A service animal has been trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability that are directly related to the person’s disability.

    • Please pick up after your service dog; we have dispensers for plastic bags for waste pick-up and trash bags where you can dispose of the bags. Thank you!

    • Do not leave your pet(s) in your vehicle in the parking lots.

  10. Gardens General Use Policies

    • Facilities are not available for fundraising use by other organizations.

    • Facilities are not available for political or religious functions or commercial promotion.

    • Facilities are not available for meetings conflicting with the Gardens’ mission.

    • The Gardens reserves the right to refuse to rent to any individual, group, or organization.

    • The Gardens reserves the right to review invitations or announcements regarding meetings.

  11. Donations Policy

    • The Delaware Botanic Gardens is asked to support many worthwhile charitable causes and events each year by donating admission tickets or memberships. We would like to grant such requests, but we, too, are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, striving to be as fiscally prudent as those numerous organizations requesting our support. Therefore, we must limit the number and type of contributions we make each year.

[i] With thanks to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens