Photo Policy and Permits

We recently resumed booking indoor photo shoots.

The most recent mask mandate was issued by the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. It states that all persons in Baltimore City are required to wear a mask indoors, when in public spaces regardless of social distancing and vaccination status.  You can read the most recent executive order(s) online here as well as find updates here.

This applies to Cylburn Arboretum and the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory. We appreciate your understanding.

Feel free to drop us a line to see if your preferred date and time is available. Call 410-396-0008 M – F, 8 – 3 (preferred) or write to photos at rawlingsconservatory dot org
We have limited hours available for photo shoots:   
Thursdays-Fridays 10-11AM or 2-3PM
Saturdays-Sundays 10-11AM or 3-4PM
Other times may be available upon request

PLEASE NOTE until the mask mandate is rescinded for City of Baltimore facilities, we are unable to offer photo permits during shows/special exhibits (spring flower show, winter poinsettia display, carnivorous plants exhibit).

Permit application:  Download the application using the link below, fill out, and return to photos at rawlingsconservatory dot org.

Payment: Advance payment is required – an invoice with a link to pay online will be sent upon approval of your permit application.  Payment of the invoice is required to finalize your reservation.

COVID-19 precautions: These requirements apply to all participants, including clients and vendors.  More information will be provided upon approval of your permit application.
–      Contact-free temperature checks are required
–      Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose at all times.  Masks may only be removed by photo/video subjects when actively shooting.

Please note: our photo policies have recently changed, due to our response to COVID-19.
Please review the policies, changes are in blue.
HRPC Photo Policy Interiors 2020 COVID-19
HPRC Photo Policy Outdoor Gardens 2020 COVID-19
HPRC Photo Permit Application 2020 COVID-19

All documents are in PDF format. To fill out an application in PDF:

– Download the application using the link above.
– Open the document and click “sign” (upper right hand side).
– Click “add text.”
– Click in each field to fill out.
– “save as”
– Attach to e-mail and send to: photos at rawlingsconservatory dot org
– An HPRC staff member will e-mail you back within a few days to let you know if your application is approved or not.

The Rawlings Conservatory is a beautiful location, with a display that changes every day. Bright flowers, varied foliage, and unique garden features make it easy to frame a spectacular image. This “museum of plants” is a popular spot to take snapshots and capture memories – and is becoming a preferred site for group photography, like photo shoots, clubs, and classes. Due to the high demand, we have photo guidelines for all visitors, and policies in place to accommodate the high demand and avoid conflicts with scheduled events.

Garden visitors are welcome to take photos of the plants and grounds, for non-commercial use. Please review the general photography guidelines below. We request that any published amateur photography be credited with the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory as the location.

All group photography and professional or commercial photography must apply for and be issued a photo permit. Fees may apply. For example, indoor and outdoor photo shoots for weddings, family portraits, including fashion shoots and classes, or any photos to be used for advertising, head shots, portfolio pieces, or other commercial outlets, must be scheduled in advance and be issued a photo permit. Groups of amateur photographers – like photo clubs and classes – are welcome, but should schedule visits ahead of time and submit a photo permit application.

Photo permits are required for groups to accommodate high demand and to avoid conflicts with other scheduled events at the gardens. Please read and understand the indoor and outdoor photo policies for more information.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to check availability of your preferred date, please write to or call 410-396-0008.

 Guidelines for all garden users and photographers

– Remain on grass or pathways, and keep pathways accessible and safe for other garden visitors.
– Keep your feet on the ground; do not climb trees or walls, do not stand on benches.
– Respect our gardens; do not stand in garden beds or planting areas, and do not move or remove flowers, branches or leaves – do not pick flowers.
– Photography must not interfere with other visitors’ enjoyment of the Conservatory – please remain aware of other visitors.
– Tripods and mono-pods are permitted, EXCEPT on weekends during flower displays or during special events.
– Keep equipment out of garden beds, and planted areas. As above, be aware of pathways and other visitors. All above applies to your equipment as well as your person.