Review the Garden's: Etiquette Guidelines Solicitation Policy
The Missouri Botanical Garden is a beautiful location for photography. We welcome visitor snapshots, videos, and journalistic, individual, or family photography by amateurs or professionals in any of our public areas, except in specific exhibits where photography is not permitted. Wedding and bridal photo shoots are subject to additional guidelines.
We highly value our visitors and want to ensure a pleasant experience for them. Please review and abide by our etiquette guidelines posted at www.mobot.org/visit/gardenetiquette.asp. Visitors are welcome in all public areas. Photographers are not allowed to block pathways or visitor access to any area of the Garden. Those violating this restriction will be asked to cease or leave the premises. Please contact the Security officer on duty at (314) 577-0212 or in person at the front desk with any issues regarding blocked access due to photography. Monopod and tripod use is not permitted inside any buildings or conservatories. Photographers are liable for any damage to Garden property.
Photographs and videos are not to be used for any commercial purposes without authorization. Professional photographers must contact the Public Relations office in advance before commercial filming or photography of any kind. Projects will be approved on a case-by-case basis, and the Garden reserves the right to refuse any project. Commercial photography will occasion fees. The Garden will not allow any implied or actual endorsement of a product, institution or ideology. Call (314) 577-0254 or (314) 577-5141 or send us an email.
The Garden reserves the right to refuse admittance for photography and/or to change its Photo Policy without advance notice.
For those considering the Missouri Botanical Garden as the location for wedding or bridal photography, please review the following rules and guidelines in advance of your photo shoot. We regret that the volume of requests for photography is such that this policy must be enforced.
Download our Wedding Photography Policy [PDF]
The bride, groom, or his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) must be a Family Level Member or above to have your wedding photography session held at the Garden. It is an exclusive benefit of membership at the Family Level and higher. A Family Level Membership is $150 per year. Visit www.mobot.org/membership for a complete list of benefits. Purchase in person at the Garden’s Membership Desk, online or by calling (314) 577-5118.
Photographers and photography studios cannot extend their membership benefit to a client, no exceptions. If you are in the wedding party, but are not the bride, groom, or his/her parent or guardian, you cannot extend your membership benefit to others for the photo session.
There is a limit of one wedding or bridal photo session per your 12-month membership term. After this member benefit has been used, Family Level members and above hold an additional wedding or bridal photo session at the cost of $100 each; Visa, MasterCard and cash are accepted at the Ticket Counter.
The membership must be current as of the date of the session; expired or lapsed memberships are not valid.
You must arrive between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to be admitted to shoot wedding or bridal photography. We cannot accommodate any arrivals after 3:00 p.m. Photo sessions must be completed by 4:00 p.m., no exceptions. We do not take reservations.
Check-in and Entry
The Family Level Member or above must present their valid Garden membership card, along with a photo I.D., upon arrival. All session participants must be present and enter as a group; we cannot accommodate late or individual arrivals.
- To avoid congestion in the lobby, please meet your group or photographer outside the Ridgway Center (main entrance building) prior to entry; please do not congregate in front of the inside ticket counter.
- Please note: During three signature events held the third weekend of May, Labor Day weekend, and the first weekend of October, the size of a group for wedding and bridal photography is limited to 10 individuals maximum, no exceptions. These activity-filled weekends draw exceptionally large crowds, and for your satisfaction, we encourage your photo session be planned for an alternate weekend.
- Photographers must check in and register the photo session in the Garden’s ledger.
Photography is permitted only in the outdoor, public areas of the Garden. Wedding and bridal photography are not permitted inside any buildings or conservatories (including the Climatron®, Linnean House, Shoenberg Temperate House, Ridgway Visitor Center or Tower Grove House). Photography is not permitted on any of the islands in the Japanese Garden. Do not enter flowerbeds, plant displays or mulched areas.
Free, on-site parking may beavailable; additional free parking is located two blocks west at the intersection of Shaw and Vandeventer. Vehicles should load and unload passengers in the upper west parking lot, immediately adjacent to the entrance. Vehicles may load and unload senior citizens and guests who require special assistance in front of the Ridgway Visitor Center, but vehicles may not park here or be left unattended. Absolutely no idling of vehicles is permitted on the Garden's campus. Drivers will be asked to turn off their engines or leave the premises.
The Garden is a tobacco-free campus; smoking and tobacco products are not allowed inside the Garden grounds or in the parking lots. Alcoholic beverages and coolers are not permitted. Please review the Garden's complete etiquette policy in advance.
Garden Etiquette Policy [PDF]
We do not offer a shuttle service or carts for rent. Tram service is available on our regular narrated public tram tour route on a first come, first served basis for $4 per person during normal tram operating hours.
We encourage you to visit the Garden in advance at your leisure to scout locations for your photography session. Regular admission is $8 adults; St. Louis City and County residents, $4 adults, $3 seniors; free for all children ages 12 under, and Garden members. On Wednesdays and Saturdays before noon, admission is free for St. Louis City and County residents (excluding special admission rate events).
Weddings and Private Events
Wedding ceremonies, receptions or other private events at the Garden must be booked in advance through Catering St. Louis, (314) 577-0200 or www.cateringstlouis.com. Absolutely no wedding ceremonies may be performed at the Garden without advance reservation. Parties not in compliance will be asked to leave immediately. Please remember that any party who has booked a private event in a particular location of the Garden has exclusive right to that area.
For questions related to the Wedding Photography Policy, call (314) 577-5101.