Accessibility for All
Laurelwood Arboretum strives to make every visitor welcome to our grounds and buildings. When planning your visit, please let us know if there is any service we can provide to make your experience more pleasant.
Much of the entry level gardens and indoor spaces of Laurelwood Arboretum are accessible to all our visitors, with graveled pathways for easy maneuverability. However, due to the garden’s naturally varied topography, portions of our extended site may not be easily accessed without assistance. We do not have wheelchairs available for rent onsite.
Laurelwood Arboretum offers:
- Wheelchair-accessible parking onsite
- Accessible public restrooms in the Knippenberg Center for Education
- Accessibility to the Knippenberg Center for Education and Educational Greenhouse, patio, and the gardens in the welcome area of the arboretum: the Native Plant Demonstration Garden, the Pollinator Garden, the Sensory Garden and the Wetlands Garden
There are two wheelchair-accessible parking spots in the Pines Lake Drive West parking lot and one wheelchair-accessible parking spot in the Vale Road parking lot. Each will also accommodate a small bus.
The Knippenberg Center for Education and Educational Greenhouse
These buildings often have art and other educational exhibits and are wheelchair accessible directly from the Pines Lake Drive West parking lot. They are also accessible, over graveled pathways, from the Vale Road parking lot. The Knippenberg Center is open April through October, Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays), 12 noon to 4:00 pm.
There are two wheelchair-accessible bathrooms in the Knippenberg Center. The Center is open April through October, Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays), 12 noon to 4:00 pm.
The Native Plant Demonstration Garden
This garden is located directly in front of the Knippenberg Center and is wheelchair accessible from the Pines Lake Drive West parking lot and, over graveled pathways, from the Vale Road parking lot.
The Pollinator Garden
This garden is located directly in front of the Educational Greenhouse and is adjacent to the two wheelchair-accessible parking spots in the Pines Lake Drive West parking lot.
The Sensory Garden
There is a designated wheelchair-accessible parking spot in the Vale Road parking lot and the garden is also easily entered from the other parking spots in that area, which are adjacent to the Sensory Garden trellis entrance. The Sensory Garden is designed for wheelchair use and specifically for visitors who would not be able to access the full arboretum. It features level graveled pathways and four raised quadrants to enjoy the four senses of sight, smell, touch and taste. There is also a small fountain that features sound.
The Wetlands Garden
This is the newest addition to our special gardens and can be viewed from the Pines Lake Drive West parking lot where there are two wheelchair-accessible parking spots.
Through the season, free tours are offered to the public. These tours are available to be taken in motorized cart.
Private motorized cart tours are available through the season, subject to scheduling and volunteer availability.