Photography in the Gardens
Thank you to the pro’s that have embraced our new photo policy! You are the best.
Welcome to the Gardens! If you are a casual visitor to the gardens or a customer who has reserved the Gardens for an event, you are welcome to take as many photos as you like for your personal use. Just be sure to follow the guidelines in our Photography Policy.
If you are getting paid to take photos of people in the Gardens or Conservatory, you must schedule in advance to avoid conflicts and pay a nominal fee. This applies to photos such as, high school senior photos, individual portraits, engagement and couples portraits, family photos, birthday portraits and wedding parties.
Why can’t you just show up and take pictures? We are a separate non-profit that exists to promote the beauty and power of plants in our world. We are not affiliated with the city of Taylor, and receive no funding from them. We rely on donations, fundraising and events to keep the Gardens and Conservatory looking beautiful and provide programs for everyone to enjoy. We maintain our current seven acres of property, including the parking lots, woodland, Great Lawn, Pavilion, Conservatory, bluestone terrace, conifer trees, and many gardens. In addition to planting thousands of flowers each year, we pay for mowing, fertilizing, watering, electrical, upkeep, tree care, and more. We cannot it without your support, and we are most appreciative of yours.
Photo shoots must be scheduled in advance. Use the Photo Permit Request Form or call 888-644-2670. We reserve the right to limit the use of our facilities for photography based on events, rental arrangements and high traffic days at Conservatory. To ensure you your clients have a positive experience, we highly recommend that you schedule ahead of time:
Photography classes, clubs or groups: Please call ahead so that we can put you on the schedule and let you know of any events that may limit your activities. Donations are appreciated — there are envelopes in the Conservatory and place in the tall metal Sunflower inside the dome. We ask that professional photographers not advertise our Gardens as a photo shoot location without permission from us, or use images of our Conservatory and Gardens without proper payment. Professional photographers using our facilities for business purposes are asked to pay the fees listed above if they apply — in other cases, please make a donation to Taylor Conservatory Foundation.
Why can't I just show up and take photos?
We are a separate non-profit that exists to promote the beauty and power of plants in our world. We are not affiliated with the city of Taylor, and receive no funding from them. We rely on donations, fundraising and events to keep the Gardens and Conservatory looking beautiful and provide programs for everyone to enjoy.