What is it like visiting while it's raining? Do the pathways tend to get messy or is it mostly hard surfaces like sidewalks? Thanks, I was thinking of visiting this weekend with a rain forecast.
Wow, what a great and helpful community! Thanks everyone. We also do have extra large umbrellas that guests can borrow in the rain if needed.
Other tips: The Lora Robins Library (in the Kelly Education Center) has comfortable seating and a fireplace it you need a break from the rain.
The Conservatory is another great place to get out of the rain and mid-April though mid-October we'll also have Butterflies LIVE!
The Children's Garden has an outdoor play area that is covered from the rain with an awning. Kids enjoy crafts, reading, and other activities here even on rainy days.
You sometimes feel like you have the place to yourself in the rain, because not many visitors come out then.
An added bonus: if you can keep your camera dry, photography is great in the rain. The water droplets make for interesting photos and the colors really POP on rainy days.
The pathways are almost all hardscaped. I hope this helps.
The walkways are paved and easy to traverse when wet. Basically, if the Garden is open to visitors.. it is safe and easy to circulate through it.. The staff is very conscientious about closing the Garden to visitors if the weather presents any hazard. In short, if you are able to enter, you can count on an exceptional experience.
Great paths, even in rain.
Walkways are hard surface for the most part.There is also a conservatory and large visitor center if you need to get out of the rain
Mostly hard surface. Can do in rain but better if dry. Beautiful garden.
Mostly hard surfaces. You should be fine. I would keep your umbrella handy and wear good walking shoes. It is a beautiful place to visit.
You will be safe in the rain. Hard surface walkways are excellent.
Since the pathways are asphalt, they won't be messy with rain, but maybe could be slick in spots.
I agree. The pathways are asphalt. We have been there with my 88 year old mother, who we put in a wheelchair, and my 15 month old nephew, who is mastering walking. I think it is worth a shot if the weather is uncertain. Enjoy!
I visited on a sunny day so not sure. However most of the walkways are hard surfaces and portions are in buildings. Enjoy...
I wasn't there in the rain so not sure what the paths would be like (though they are a hard surface - not dirt), but I can tell you there is an inside portion.
I wouldn't visit in the rain. Too many slick spots to fall on.
OP here, I went and the rain held off, so just some puddles here and there from earlier. I can say I wouldn't hesitate to visit in the rain in the future. I really loved the garden and the walkways are just great. Thanks again to everyone for your help.
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