It’s been said that “Friendship is like a beautiful garden. The more you put into it, the more it grows.” Pet parents can nurture both their love of nature and their love for their furry family members with a visit to a botanical garden. From annual dog-friendly summer events to gardens that welcome dogs year-round, following are a few of the botanical gardens from coast to coast where you and Rover can literally stop and smell the roses.
Dog Days of Summer Events
NOTE: Dogs admitted to any botanical garden must remain on a leash at all times and be up to date on their vaccinations. Check the website of the venue you plan to visit for any additional restrictions.
Watch as your canine companion’s interest in flowers blossoms at Tucson Botanical Garden, which features Dog Days of Summer every day from June through the end of September. Part of the gardens’ Summer Oasis Series, pups can admire the pretty petals of a plethora of flowers for a $3 pet visit dog admission fee. (Dog memberships, which are also available for $20, include unlimited daily visits throughout the summer months, a canine membership card with a ring to attach to your dog’s collar, and a discount $10 fee for each additional dog member.)
- Dog Days of Summer runs through September 30, 2017 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- The Tucson Botanical Garden is located at 2150 North Alvernon Way in Tucson.
A venue which always welcomes flower-loving Fidos, on August 12th Fido will receive free admission to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for Trails ‘n’ Tails, a National Dog Day celebration. Pet parents can learn pet safety and training tips, promenade with their apparel-wearing pup during a costume parade, pucker up for the smooch-a-pooch photo booth, meet therapy dogs from ARF, slurp on shaved ice (both human and dog versions available) and much more!
- Trails ‘n’ Tails runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on August 12, 2017
- The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is located at 1212 Mission Canyon Road in Santa Barbara, California.
Throughout August Floridian Fidos can take a vacation around the globe without ever leaving the comfort of the Naples Botanical Garden. Our buddies who bark can enjoy the beauty of bamboo and banyan trees in the Lea Asian Garden, the “Wood’s Blue Goddess” water lily in the Kapnick Brazilian Garden, swaying palm trees in the Kapnick Caribbean Garden and plants from The Sunshine State in the Florida Garden. Dogs are not allowed in the Smith’s Children’s Garden, Berger Shop in the Garden or in Fogg Cafe. Admission for adults is $14.95, $9.95 for children ages 4 – 14. Admission for dogs is $9.95.
- Dogs in the Garden runs through August 2017. Hours are from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- The Naples Botanical Garden is located at 4820 Bayshore Drive in Naples, Florida.
In early August you and your canine companion are invited to cultivate a love for floral finery at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. To ward off the 100 degree heat, during Dog Days at the Garden Fido can cool off in a doggy swimming pool, and bowls of water will be available throughout the venue. A happening with heart, a portion of the proceeds (general admission cost and an additional $5 per dog admission fee) will benefit area animal charities, with San Antonio Care Services attending the event on Saturday and adoptables from SNIPSA all weekend long. Can’t make it to the summer edition of Dog Days at the Garden? You won’t be in the dog house with your flower-loving four-legged friend, as the gardens’ next dog-friendly event will take place December 2 -3, 2017.
- Dog Days at the Garden: August 5 – 6, 2017
- The San Antonio Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston Place in San Antonio.
From pop classics to R&B and jazz riffs, families and their fur babies can enjoy toe-tapping and tail-wagging tunes performed at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden during Fidos after 5. Part of the Flowers After 5 series, leashed dogs can visit the various gardens within a 50 acre area deemed one of the top 10 botanical gardens in the nation. Along with welcoming Spot during select summer dates, on certain winter dates dogs can celebrate the holiday season at the venue during GardenFest for Fidos.
- Fidos After 5: Each second Thursday from June through mid-September
- Admission: Along with general admission there is a $2 donation to the Richmond SPCA.
- The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.
At Norfolk Botanical Garden, summer Sundays are fun days for our furry friends. All season long Spot can sniff 20 different species of hydrangea in a 1.5 acre garden devoted to the flower; pups and pet parents can feast their eyes on artistically arranged plants, fruits and vegetables in the Potager Kitchen Garden; tail-waggers can take a stroll among the calla lilies and hosta that bloom each summer in the Statuary Vista, a home to a series of 19th century statues carved from Carrera marble; and sunflowers and gayfeathers will greet two-and four-legged visitors at the Four Seasons Garden and Wildflower Meadow. Admission for dogs is $5. (Restrictions: Dogs are not allowed access to the Children’s Garden or the Butterfly House.)
- Sunday Dog Days run through the end of August 2017.
- The Norfolk Botanical Garden is located at 6700 Azalea Garden Road in Norfolk, Virginia.
Botanical Gardens That Welcome Dogs All Year
An online map shows paths that pet parents and pooches can take at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens that will lead them to a a virtual bouquet of floral beauty in such areas as the Azalea Garden, the Camellia Garden, the Hydrangea Garden, the Rose Garden and other areas of interest on the 50 acre landscape. Located at 5130 Headland Avenue in Dothan, Alabama.
Stemming from a love for dogs, the Santa Barbra Botanic Garden not only offers and annual day of play for pups (Trail ‘n’ Tails, seen in the section above), but also the opportunity throughout the year for Spot to stroll through the rain garden, the Campbell Trail, the Woodland Trail and other areas. Located at 1212 Mission Canyon Road in Santa Barbara, California.
Canines can contemplate the meaning of life in the peace of the Reflection Garden, wonder at the beauty of the Community Garden and much more at Heathcote Botanical Gardens, located at 201 Savannah Road in Fort Pierce, Florida.
At the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden, our tail-wagging chums can traverse the trails that meander past a Dogwood Meadow, Woodland Gardens, a Japanese Garden, a Garden of the Five Senses and much more. Located at 799 Pinkerton Run Road in Oakdale, Pennsylvania.
Known as one of the most Fido-friendly cities in the United States, Austin’s Zilker Botanical Gardens invites two-and four-legged fans of floral finery to enjoy a profusion of petals throughout the year. The 26-acre haven includes a Herb and Fragrance Garden, the Mabel Davis Rose Garden, the Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden, and more. Located at 2220 Barton Springs Road in Austin, Texas.