Protecting The Gardens and our planet for generations to come

Beyond nurturing the gardens, we feel responsible for minimizing our impact on the earth, implementing environmental initiatives across The Gardens and our departments.

Our Environmental Initiatives

The Gardens
  • Using natural, wood flats instead of plastic flats
  • Repurposing wood waste, leaves and branches for mulch
  • Using natural and organic treatment for weeds
  • Watering plants via drip irrigation wherever practical
  • Controlling pests with an Integrated Pest Management program
Visitor Services
  • Cleaning with reusable rags and natural or biodegradable cleaners
  • Recycling cardboard, paper, glass and metal throughout The Gardens
  • Distributing biodegradable doggy bags to visitors free of charge
  • Operating tours of Tod Inlet with electric boats
Food Services
  • Cooking with local ingredients to minimize food transport
  • Composting all food waste, including dairy cartons
  • Recycling birthday party plates, which are made from GMO-free plant starch
  • Recycling all glass, plastic and tin, including wine, beer and pop bottles
  • Eradicating single-use water bottles with $3 souvenir bottles
Seed & Gift Store
  • Using biodegradable bags for visitors’ purchases
  • Reusing packing material, from Styrofoam and bubble wrap
  • Separating and recycling cardboard, paper and plastic
  • Selling only Forest Stewardship Council certified calendars
Facilities
  • Using low-energy fixtures with motion sensors and timers
  • Controlling temperature with an Energy Management Control System
  • Using low-flow toilets throughout the grounds
  • Recycling water from streams and repurposing water for cooling
  • Recycling and reusing all metal wiring and firework props