This is a garden for all ages! From toddlers to adults there is something for everyone. Unique art and plantings will inspire adults while kids will enjoy exploring and playing in all of the different themes areas.
Please try to keep little feet out of the flower beds. There are lots of places to run and play, but our flower beds are where our plants are working hard to grow. Please do not pick the flowers so that everyone gets a chance to see them. Pick up after you play. There are lots of fun things to play with while you’re visiting, but please put these back where you found them so others can play and enjoy them too.
Raindrop Stop provides a “rain shower” for running through to cool off in the summer heat. It is open May 1- October 31.
Our water features are designed as a place to splash and play but not for swimming. Appropriate clothing and shoes are required.
Two family restrooms are located on the porch of our Guest House.
There are family-use only picnic tables located in Home Sweet Home at the entry of My Big Backyard and also next to the Guest House. Out of consideration of our other guests, groups wishing to picnic must do so in the Hardwood Picnic Grove on the Great Lawn or another suitable location in the Garden.
No. All birthday parties in the Garden must be scheduled in advance. The fees cover the cost of your program and help raise funds to help support educational programming throughout the year. All birthday parties and special events in My Big Backyard are by reservation only. Out of consideration of our other guests, groups wishing to picnic must do so in the Hardwood Picnic Grove on the Great Lawn or another suitable location in the Garden.
Group visits to My Big Backyard are by reservation only. This garden was designed for family experiences and small group classes…not for the large groups that often visit for our Youth Education programs. Any group of 10 or more children (schools, day cares, scout troops, churches, etc.) must be registered for one of our classes to visit this area. Otherwise, these groups can enjoy touring the rest of our 96-acre garden. Visit our Youth Education and Field Trips page for more information on available programming.