photography policy

Whether you are a professional photographer, IG enthusiast or influencer, friend or family member of someone celebrating a special event, or anyone with a love for plants and people, you are welcome to schedule a photo shoot at Tonkadale! Please review our photography policy and request a photo shoot below.  

Hours and Availability

Photo shoots must occur during regular business hours


9 am - 6 pm

Weekend photo shoots are not available

*At this time, we are unable to accomodate middle school or high school dance photo requests. The volume of requests is so high (which is great) but we are unable to serve our customers and dance group photo requests especially on busy weekends. We appreciate your understanding!


Keep aisles clear

While taking photos or setting up, be sure to be respectful of customers and work activities. Please allow people to pass by and be sure everyone is prepared to step aside and out of the way.

Keep clothing changes appropriate

Be mindful of restroom time should you need a changing area – we only have two. Wear shoes and appropriate clothing at all times. Keep all props and personal belongings clear of shoppers and work activities.

Share our beautiful spaces with everyone

If you fall in love with a certain space for taking photos, otheres may too. Be sure to allow everyone a chance to get the best shot in the best space by spending just a few minutes and then moving on. You can always circle back if more time is need. Do not take photos of random people without their permission.  

Stay safe

Do not climb ladders, stand on benches, display pieces and tables, or ride on shopping carts. Keep children in sight at all times. Keep animals on a leash at all times. No alcoholic beverages unless they are sealed.

Let’s keep things looking nice

You work hard setting up props to shoot the perfect photo. We work hard making display spaces fun, fresh, and focused for all of our guests. Feel free to use plants and pots to create the perfect pose. Put everything back where you found it. Displays are different – our designers are artists and their work should be left intact with the exception of removing items in order to make a purchase. So if it’s in a display, please leave it there.  


You like each other, right? Why not ride together? Our parking lot is small, and for some it is physically difficult if they must park on the street and walk a long distance to the greenhouse. Please gauge the amount of space in the lot when choosing where to park. The park and ride on Minnetonka Boulevard (just across from the church) is an easy meeting spot and not too far from the greenhouse.  

Public images and social media

Don't forget to tag. Venue credit and location tags are required for all digital images used on social media platforms, blog posts, websites and in print materials for distribution. You can easily find Tonkadale on Facebook and Instagram.