Events + Tours
Being a four-acre botanical garden, we have numerous events and tours throughout the year. We offer a variety of options for individuals to large groups. We host several preschool and kindergarten field trips each year. Review the options below to find an opportunity that’s best for you. Many of our guided tours are provided by our long-time volunteers. Contact us directly to coordinate your needs ahead of time.
We are working on updating and preserving the historic Kruckeberg home. Our goal is to offer classes, meeting space, and events.
You can register for classes and events here.
Rake and Bake | November 18th | 1 pm to 4 pm
Join our community of staff and volunteers for an afternoon of raking in the garden, fueled by delicious baked goods. This is an annual event to support the care and maintenance of the garden. A limited number of rakes will be provided – we suggest you consider bringing your own. Leave power tools at home, please. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Refreshments will be provided. You are welcome to bring something to share if you wish. We hope to see you there!
Solstice Stroll | December 13th, 14th, and 15th & December 20th, 21st, and 22nd | 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us in bringing light to some of the darkest nights of the year. For two weekends in December, see the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden aglow with light. This is an evening event, rain or shine. Our parking lot will be closed for this event. We have reserved the parking lot at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church and will provide a free shuttle service to and from the garden. The garden will be closed on these dates during our regular operating hours due to this evening event.
Admission: FREE (suggested donation of $10 encouraged)
Accessibility: We have had several calls about wheelchair accessibility. Due to the current topography of the garden, we are not able to accommodate wheelchairs at this time. We are working on this and want to express our sincere apologies for any inconvenience and/or disappointment. This is a top priority for the foundation.
Parking: Richmond Beach Congregational Church (free shuttle about every 15 mins)
Solstice Stroll generously sponsored by Central Market Shoreline
Wreath Making Workshop | December 1st & 2nd, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Create a festive wreath to brighten your winter days with gorgeous, locally-sourced greenery. Whether or not you have made a wreath before, our veteran instructors will help you construct something beautiful. All craft materials will be provided, including pruning shears to share (optional: bring your own gardening gloves to protect your hands from sap or holly). This seasonal favorite fills up fast and pre-registration is required. Choose from one of two class times This class will be held indoors. Members $25 | Non-members $35. All classes are full.
Visitors to the Garden and Nursery are welcome Friday through Sunday during open hours. You can enhance your visit with either a self-guided or docent-led tour.
Enhance your visit with a tour. Trained volunteer docents share the Garden’s history and plant collection. We offer tours on many Saturdays from May-October. General tours go into depth about the history of the Garden, the Kruckeberg legacy, and the plant collection and feature what is in bloom and of interest at that time. REGISTER FOR A TOUR
Advance registration is requested for all tours. Two hour tours are $10 per person.
Private, docent-led tours are available by arrangement and provide an overview of the plant collection or focus on a theme of your choice. Tours are $10/person, with a $60 minimum.
Self-Guided Tour brochure – Download our walking tour brochure to help you spot garden highlights, or pick one up at the garden kiosk.
Bird Tour brochure – The Kruckeberg Garden is home to over 40 bird species. Download our self-guided bird tour and checklist, or pick one up at the Garden kiosk.
BEFORE YOUR TOUR
All visitors must remain on the paths to avoid soil compaction and damage to plants. The upper garden is flat, but not paved. The path to the lower garden is relatively steep (beyond ADA standard slope) but in some cases can be manageable by wheelchairs. We recommend that you visit in advance of your tour if you have concerns about accessibility. There are limited restroom facilities at the Garden and no wheelchair accessible restrooms. Please plan accordingly.
PRESCHOOL / KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIPS
For all things kid-related, visit our Kids Only page.