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FAQs

  • General Information
    Clients are responsible for any damage or fees that vendors incur. This excludes any gross negligence on the part of the vendor. Examples: Leaving site after rented time has passed Damaging plants in process of putting up décor, tents, etc. Damaging structures in process of putting up décor, etc. Leaving trash behind Some vendors must be licensed/insured and able to show CBG proof of such 2 weeks prior to the event. Our Private Events Team will reach out to vendors if this information is required. We recommend that all vendors not familiar with CBG schedule a walkthrough with our Private Events Team prior to the event.
  • Catering
    The Columbus Botanical Garden works with the most elite catering companies in the business who are dedicated to excellent food quality and service. For that reason, only catering companies from our approved list may be used for your event. Approved Caterers: Kimble’s The Wicked Hen/Stock Market Jamie Keating Culinary It’s Your Day Catering
  • Alcohol
    Alcohol may be served during events at the garden. Professional bartenders and bartending companies are required. Renters are required to ensure that guests are not over-served, that only those of legal drinking age are served alcohol, that inebriated guests do not drive home, and that any irresponsible behavior is prevented. Alcohol may not be brought inside the gates of the Columbus Botanical Garden by anyone without a beverage license. Security may be required for events that have alcohol being served. Please contact our Private Events Team.
  • Rental Equipment Delivery
    The CBG staff must be notified in advance of the time and date of deliveries. The CBG staff must also be present for deliveries if items will be delivered inside the house. Your event planner/coordinator or renter must be present at the time all deliveries are made. A wedding party representative is not required to be present when rental equipment is retrieved following your event.
  • On-Site Preparation
    The set-up of tables and chairs for your event is done the day of the event. All decorating is the responsibility of the renter, wedding party, or event planner/coordinator. The only garden staff guaranteed at your event is the venue manager who will be on site. Any string lighting, tenting, or other large installation must be pre-approved by The Columbus Botanical Garden Rental Director and installed by a professional with proper licensing and insurance. A final walkthrough will be done 2 weeks prior to your event in the garden where your event order will be created and signed. Any changes made after your final walkthrough and approved event order may result in a loss of security deposit.
  • Music
    Entertainment, either live or DJ, may be provided during events at the garden. Music outdoors must be lowered by 10:00 PM per city ordinance and it must not be loud or offensive and must be kept at a volume that does not disturb the adjoining neighborhood. If Musicians or DJs intend to put speakers any distance from the farmhouse, they will need to provide their own large-diameter extension cords. The garden does not provide extension cords. The Columbus Botanical Garden allows for the use of the Bluetooth speaker system which has speakers throughout the Farmhouse and over the brick patio and porches. Renters should advise CBG staff if they intend to use the speaker system for their event prior to the day of their event and at the final walk-through. Music must be provided from the renter’s mobile device and plugged into our speaker system. Examples of mobile devices include the following: a phone, iPad’s, iPods, etc. Please make arrangements to meet with our Private Events Team in order to check your device to ensure it is compatible with our system.
  • When is the garden open?
    We are open Tuesday - Sunday from 9am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm. Hours vary seasonally.
  • When is the best time to visit?
    The garden is beautiful year-round! Our Camellias are in bloom January-March, Roses are putting on a show from April-October, our Vegetable Garden is vibrant all twelve months, annual displays are changed twice a year, and our flowering trees, shrubs and perennials are showstoppers from March-November!
  • What is there to see?
    Visit the Explore our Gardens page to learn more!
  • What does it cost to visit?
    General Admission to the Garden is $12.00 for Adults. $8 for ages 2-17. Ages 1 and under are free. Members always enter FREE - Learn more about Memberships
  • Is the Garden accessible to wheelchairs?
    Our Cottage Garden and Farmhouse are wheelchair accessible, as is our Rose Garden, and the Perennial and Gingko Shade Gardens. As we develop more of the gardens, we will be upgrading areas so that we can be accessible in most of the garden.
  • Are there restroom facilities?
    Restrooms can be found outside adjacent to the farmhouse and are are open from 9am to 5pm.
  • Can I bring my dog?
    Dogs are welcome on the JoAnn Holt Walking Trail on non-retractable leashes no longer than six feet. Dogs are not allowed in any other part of the botanical garden.
  • Do you have a gift shop?
    Gifts are available at our ticket booth and our online shop.
  • Is there someplace to eat?
    Although there is no food available for purchase at the garden, we are close to Columbus Park Crossing, where you can find a variety of restaurants on Whittlesey Blvd.
  • Do you host events?
    The Columbus Botanical Garden offers a diverse array of programs and events during the year. Please visit our Annual Events, Lifelong Learning, and Children’s Programs pages to learn more!
  • Do you give tours?
    Yes! Please visit our Garden Tours page to decide which tour is right for you and your group.
  • Do you have volunteers?
    We do! To learn more about our volunteer program, or to register as a volunteer, please visit our Become a Volunteer page. We look forward to meeting you!
  • Do you have a photo & videography policy?
    Guests are welcome to take photos and videos for personal use. However, all professional photography sessions must abide by the Garden photography policy.
  • Professional Photography Session Guidelines
    Guests are welcome to take photos and videos for personal use. However, all professional photography sessions must abide by the Garden photography policy.
  • COVID-19
    Be advised, outdoor amenities such as benches, handrails, etc. are not sanitized and may pose a risk for transmitting the COVID – 19 virus, so please use caution and follow CDC health and safety guidelines. We encourage the use of social distancing protocols when interacting with other guests not in your group. We do not require masks for fully vacinated individuals, however kindly request you continue to wear a mask when interacting with others if you are not fully vaccinanted. We will continue to follow the CDC guidelines, and so these protocols may change if required by new CDC guidelines.
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