For the first time in the South Coast Botanic Garden’s history, it’s opening its gates to our four-legged friends. Dogs’ Day at the Garden will take place Saturday, January 25, and welcome all leashed dogs to explore most of the Garden’s 87 acres (there will be some areas off limits for dogs). 

Dogs’ Day will also feature Dog Yoga with Rory, and demos from the Lomita Obedience Training Club and A Bark Idea. Vendors like Furkids Boutique, Camp Run-A-Mutt and Redondo Dog will also be on site selling treats and accessories your fur babies will love. And of course there will be options for our two-legged friends as well including food, beer and wine. All of this will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Feeling all the dog love? Get it captured on camera by Diana Lundin Pet Photography who will be taking free pet portraits! 

“We’re always looking for new, exciting events to bring to the Garden and based on the number of inquiries we get about whether dogs are allowed here, we thought it was time to open the gates to our four-legged friends,” said Adrienne Nakashima, chief executive officer, South Coast Botanic Garden. “The Garden is an enjoyable, peaceful place for many people in the South Bay, and the only way we could think to make it more enjoyable was by being able to experience it with your best friend.”

Visitors who bring their four-legged friends will be expected to pick up after their pet and keep them on a leash at all times. There will also be designated dog-free areas for those who don’t wish to participate in Dogs’ Day.

The event, which takes place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., is free with membership or Garden admission. Dogs are $1 per paw.