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Q: Can I tour Sunset’s garden?
A: The gardens are open for self-guided walking tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (except holidays). Please call (650) 321-3600 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. if you have questions.

Q: When is the best time of year to visit the garden?
A: There is always something to see in Sunset’s garden. The flower beds are replanted at least three times a year and there are more than 300 kinds of shrubs, trees, vines, ground covers, annuals, and perennials in the garden at any given time. However, springtime is an especially colorful time to visit.

Note: The gardens are closed around Celebration Weekend at the end of May and early June. Best to call ahead to be sure they will be open.

Sunset garden photos: Take a photo tour of Sunset’s gardens in spring

Q: Is the Sunset garden universally accessible?
A: Yes, the Sunset garden is open to visitors in wheelchairs and motorized carts. A flat, paved path allows easy access. Wheelchairs are also available for guests who may need assistance.

Q: How do I arrange an educational tour for my school group?
A: Docent-led tours of the garden are available for school children in grades two through five. Tours are by reservation only and times are limited. Please call the reservation hotline at (650) 321-3600.