We encourage visitors to take casual photographs for their own personal use. Photos must be taken with hand-held cameras or cameras on a permitted tripod (see permit information below). The use of external flash equipment or bulky accessory equipment is not permitted.

We do not allow visitors to do photoshoots or video shoots at the Garden. Commercial use of all photographs is prohibited. All photography is at the discretion of the USBG.

Photographic or filming activities can in no way affect the public's enjoyment of, or access to, our exhibits. Other rules for photography at the U.S. Botanic Garden include:

  • Professional or otherwise paid photography is not allowed.
  • Posed photography sessions are not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, wedding, fashion/beauty, pregnancy, graduation, engagement, prom, and family photography.
  • Videos and photographs must be for personal, non-commercial use.
  • Portfolio photography for aspiring models and photographers is not permitted.
  • Visitors taking photos must stay on pathways and not block access or passage of other visitors. Walking in planted areas; sitting on curbs, railings, plants, or floors; or placing anything in planted areas is prohibited.
  • Plants may not be moved, cut, or rearranged.
  • Original artwork, sculpture, or other creations on exhibit are protected by artists’ copyrights and may not be photographed for the purposes of reproduction or copying in any way.


Tripod and Art Supplies Policy

While personal hand-held camera or video equipment may be used without special permission throughout the U.S. Botanic Garden, the use of a tripod or easel requires a permit. To ensure the public's enjoyment of and access to exhibits and displays, organized classes and the use of tripods, art equipment, or easels are not allowed during periods of peak visitation. Users should display permits during tripod or easel use.

Use of pencil, charcoal, pastels, watercolor, or acrylic paints are allowed. Use of oil paints are not allowed.

For advance permission to use tripods or easels, please contact Visitor Services Coordinator Victoria Gesell at victoria.gesell@aoc.gov.  Permit reservations must be requested at least one week in advance, for other permission to use a tripod or easel you may inquire at the visitor desk in the Conservatory when you arrive. Please note that same-day permit requests are not guaranteed. 



For all media requests and requests to film or photograph for educational radio or television stories about the Garden, please contact Devin Dotson, Public Affairs Specialist, at devin.dotson@aoc.gov. The Garden is not available for photoshoots of topics not related to the Garden. Learn more on the Press page.

Thank you for abiding by the rules and for helping to create an enjoyable experience for all our visitors.