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Accessibility in the Botanical Garden

people walking to the Nevin Welcome CenterParking

There are two designated accessible parking spots with access aisles located a short distance from the entrance to the welcome center. The path leading from the parking spots to the welcome center is on a gentle grade.

Nevin Welcome Center

This newly built accessible building offers exhibits, a gift shop, light refreshments for sale, restrooms, two classrooms and a conference room.

Entrance

There is approximately 20 feet of pavement from the designated parking lot to the building entrance door, which is designated with an international symbol of access.

Visitor Service Desk

Located 15 feet from the entrance door, the visitor service desk is 36 inches high and the area around it provides ample space for a wheelchair to turn around.

Elevator and restrooms

The elevator and restrooms are located a short distance from the entrance and both have accessible routes of travel. The men’s and women’s restrooms both offer one stall large enough for wheelchair maneuvering. The sink area also provides space for wheelchair maneuvering.

Gardens

Robison Herb Garden

Surface: stone landscape pavers, which may be uneven in certain areas.
Grade: flat
Stairs: none present

Young Flower Garden

Surface: grass lawn
Grade: flat
Stairs: one set of stairs exiting the garden to the north, but there are two other access points with no stairs

Mullestein Winter Garden

Surface: stone landscape pavers, which may be uneven in certain areas.
Grade: flat
Stairs: none present

Shady Groundcover Collection

Surface: loose stone
Grade: flat
Stairs: There is one small set of stairs to reach another section of the garden.  An alternate route with no stairs is available to reach that section. Another small set of stairs is one of three access points into the garden.

North Walk

Surface: chipped mulch
Grade: flat
Stairs: one set of stairs leads out of this area, but does not inhibit access

Heasley Rock Garden

Surface: pavement
Grade: slight grade
Stairs: none present

Bowers Rhododendron Collection on Comstock Knoll

Surface: chipped mulch
Grade: All access points require traveling up several stairs on a steep grade.
Stairs: two large sets of stairs present to access trails on top of this knoll.

Pounder Heritage Vegetable Garden

Surface: chipped mulch
Grade: flat
Stairs: Two steps are located at the singular entrance to this garden.
Access: In order to access this garden, a visitor must open a latched door

Conifer Slope

Conifer slope is located on a steep hillside, but dirt trails that follow a gentle grade cut through this area.

Kienzle Overlook

Surface: grass lawn
Grade: flat
Stairs: none present
Access: This area is an overlook with a view of the Botanical Garden. The overlook itself has a relatively flat grade, accessible from a paved road. However, if a visitor wished to access the overlook from the botanical garden without a vehicle, they would be required to travel up a steep trail with a chipped mulch surface.