Dog Days at the Gardens

First Tuesday & Saturday monthly (June through October)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Attention all dog lovers! It's time to let your furry friend experience the beauty of Smith-Gilbert Gardens with our Dog Days at the Gardens program. For just $3 per visit, your pup can explore the gardens alongside you. And for the ultimate experience, grab a season-long Dog Membership for only $20! Your furry friend will receive a signature Smith-Gilbert Gardens gift to remember their adventures. Don't miss out on this tail-wagging opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with your best friend.

• Free (human) admission for members
• Admission required for nonmembers

All dog visits are $3 per visit, or a dog membership can be purchased for the season
• $20 Dog Memberships available – your furry friend will receive a signature Smith-Gilbert Gardens gift!

Buy a Pup Pass Membership!

2023 Dates


June 6, 2023
July 4, 2023
August 1, 2023
September 2, 2023
October 3, 2023


June 3, 2023
July 1, 2023
August 5, 2023
September 5, 2023
October 7, 2023

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Come Prepared!
Canine & Owner Policies and Code of Conduct

(Updated January 2023)

• All dogs must be on a leash while on Garden property, including the parking lot.
• NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES ARE PERMITTED. Non-retractable leashes may be no longer than six feet. If a dog arrives with a retractable leash, and there is no other leash to use, the Garden staff reserve the right to refuse admittance.
• No more than ONE DOG PER ADULT is permitted in the Garden at a time.
• Dogs are not permitted in special exhibit space – including the Garden with Wings Butterfly Exhibit.
• All dogs must be socialized and have updated vaccinations and registrations. The use of heartworm and tick prevention products is recommended.
• Dog should have a well-fitted collar and tags should be displayed on the collar.
• Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
• Dogs only! Animals other than dogs are not permitted inside the Garden. This includes but is not limited to: wolf hybrids, cats, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, ferrets, rats, birds, and reptiles.
• For their safety, puppies under four months old are not permitted.
• Please bring your own water and treats – and doggie disposal bags!
• Pet owners are responsible for their dog’s actions and behavior.
• By participating in Dog Days at the Gardens, dog owners take full responsibility for their dog’s behavior and assume liability for damages suffered by anyone who is bitten by a guest’s dog while on Garden property.
• For the safety of both your dog and the natural environment, stay on established paved and dirt paths. This protects all life forms (plants and animals)!
• Dogs must be attended and supervised at all times by a person 18 years or older. No unattended dogs are permitted in the Garden at any time.
• Please leave the Garden as you found it! Dog feces must be cleaned up by the handler immediately.
• Please use discretion where you permit your dog to urinate. Many of the Garden’s plants can be damaged by dog urine.
• Dogs are not permitted in plant beds, ponds, or near (including on top or in contact with) any sculptures.
• Dog handler must have leashed dog in hand at all times and dogs must be restrained at all times at a distance no greater than six feet in length from their handler.
• There is a limit of one dog per adult handler.
• Dogs must be removed from the Garden at the first sign of aggression.
• Female dogs in heat are prohibited from entering the dog Garden.
• Spayed/neutered animals are recommended.
• Persons who violate these rules are subject to removal from the Garden and/or suspension.