Filming & Photography at the Garden

The Botanical Garden is a gorgeous urban green space that can provide settings ranging from tropical rainforest to desert landscapes. With permission, we do allow personal and commercial filming and photography here. To learn more about utilizing this space for your next filming or photography project, please read the details below and submit a request form. [Photo: ICR Photography]

Commercial Filming + Photography

We welcome requests for commercial filming and photography (no more than 15 crew members). Please note it generally takes a minimum of two weeks to obtain permits. Fill out this form, we’ll check availability for your request, and help you obtain the correct permits from the UCLA Events Office. You can learn more about the UCLA permitting process here.

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

Personal Photography

You may take photographs for personal use without a permit, however, we require you to make a reservation in advance. If this photoshoot will involve portraits, please fill out this form to reserve a time. Keep pathways and building entrances clear of any equipment or props at all times and do not enter garden beds or climb trees. All photographs must be for personal use only. Photographs cannot be posted on a photographer’s website for marketing purposes. They can, however, be put on the photographer’s website if they are password protected so that only the couple and their guests have access to the photos. No drones are allowed on campus. No amplified music is permitted in the Garden.

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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