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Instructors are encouraged to use the garden for teaching, class demonstrations, and hands-on research projects. Garden staff members are available to present on a variety of topics including native plants, using plants to attract pollinators, invasive plants, and more. We are happy to work with you to develop a presentation that is relevant to your course. Our picnic tables, seating about 30, can be reserved for your class by emailing us at and classroom space can be reserved at the Main Library, adjacent to the Garden.

Classes can visit the garden any time, without prior notice, but please let us know that you visited by dropping us an email. It’s helpful for us to know who is using the Garden and gives us an opportunity to get feedback about how we can improve your experience in the Garden.

The garden is home to thousands of woody and herbaceous plant species. Visit the collections tab for more information about our collections. We add new plants to the garden every year so feel free to reach out if you have suggestions for plants to add to the Garden, especially if the plants will enhance your teaching efforts.

If you need to remove plant material for your teaching or research needs, please fill out a permit request.

Photos courtesy of University Communications (right) and the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden (center, left).