Filming & Photography at the Garden

COVID-19 Update

Due to the pandemic, we are unfortunately not accepting permit requests at this time.

The Botanical Garden is a gorgeous urban green space that can provide settings that range from tropical jungle to desert landscapes. With permission, we do allow filming and photography here. To learn more about utilizing this space for your next filming or photography project, please read the details below.

Commercial Filming + Photography

We welcome requests for commercial filming and photography. Please fill out the form below so we can check availability for your request and help you obtain the correct permits. Once we have your information and confirm it works with our site, we will share this with the UCLA Events Office that handles the official permitting and payment. You can learn more about the UCLA permitting process here.

Student Filmmakers Use this form as you will need a permit from the UCLA Events office. If you are a UCLA student and have the appropriate paper forms filled out already, you can reach us directly via email at

Botany Building Renovation Please note that the Botany Building is under a complete renovation until December 2021. Construction is active from 7am-2pm on weekdays. It can be loud and sometimes have large equipment in our driveway. During this time, Park’s Patio and the Courtyard are not available for reservations. Other locations are available outside of construction times.

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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