Protecting The Gardens and our planet for generations to come

Beyond nurturing the gardens,we have implemented environmental initiatives across The Gardens and our departments.

Our Environmental Initiatives

The Gardens
  • Implementation of a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management program to control insect pests and diseases
  • Extensive use of manual, mechanical and non-chemical weed  control methods
  • Repurposing wood waste, branches and leaves into mulch and/or compost
  • Comprehensive composting program
  • Utilization of drip irrigation wherever practical
  • Using natural, reusable wood flats instead of plastic flats
Visitor Services
  • Recycling cardboard, paper, glass and metal throughout The Gardens
  • Cleaning with natural and biodegradable cleaners
  • Reward staff who carpool to work
  • Enforce a 3-minute maximum idle rule
  • When available, operating tours of local waters with electric boats
  • Distributing biodegradable doggy bags to visitors free of charge
Food Services
  • Composting all food waste, including dairy cartons
  • Recycling all glass, plastic and tin
  • Compostable plates, cutlery, straws and glassware where possible
  • Reusable pocket straws available for purchase in the Coffee Shop
  • No longer selling single-use water bottles plus adding water stations in restaurants and throughout the Gardens
  • Sourcing local ingredients, organic where possible, including an on-site edible flower and herb garden
Seed & Gift Store
  • Reusing or recycling surplus packing material such as Styrofoam, bubble wrap and boxes
  • Separating and recycling cardboard, paper and plastic
  • Reusing or recycling surplus packing material
  • Using environmentally friendly printing methods and recycled paper when possible for print products
  • Selling only Forest Stewardship Council certified calendars
  • Recycling water from streams and repurposing water for cooling
  • Using low-energy fixtures with motion sensors and timers
  • Using low-flow toilets throughout the grounds
  • Recycling and reusing all metal
  • Controlling temperature with an Energy Management Control System