Gardens

Gardens at the JC Raulston Arboretum offer stunning settings with world-famous plant collections as a backdrop for your special event. Each outdoor event location offers its own unique ambiance and features.

Prior to your event, horticultural staff will manicure the area, making the garden clean and ready for your celebration. Signage indicating that a particular area is reserved for a private event is posted. All garden venues at the Arboretum are accessible via improved surfaces and lawns, and the A. E. Finley Rooftop Terrace is ADA accessible.

Non-amplified music provided by the client is permitted in all gardens.

Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or grand affair, your wedding, reception, party, or other special occasion will be memorable in one of these beautiful gardens:

Klein-Pringle White Garden Check Availability

Klein-Pringle White Garden

With its classic arbor, white gazebo, and private location, this is our most popular venue for weddings. This elegant garden is highlighted by white flowers that surround a lawn area and a small stone plaza.

Seating Dimensions Power Lighting Highlight Price per Hour
150 35' × 40' lawn; 20' × 100' paved Limited No Gazebo $190
The Nook

Another of our popular wedding venues, but with a less-traditional feel, the garden sits very close to our Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden. A perfect outdoor oasis that is also closest to JCRA's whimsical “Necessary” (or restrooms). As an added bonus this garden allows tents.

Seating Dimensions Power Lighting Highlight Price per Hour
200 55' x 45' Yes No Near Restroom $190

Southall Garden Check Availability

Southall Garden

A lawn is framed by a special plant collection that celebrates a life and love of plants. Flowering plants dot the area with color through the year.

Seating Dimensions Power Lighting Highlight Price per Hour
200 95' × 160' No No Shady lawn $190

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Boxwood Collection

Large evergreen boxwoods frame a circular lawn area, providing a formal backdrop for your special event. Mixed flowering shrubs add color throughout the year. Towering overhead are tall, stately oak trees.

Seating Dimensions Power Lighting Highlight Price per Hour
100 50' × 50' No No Secluded $190

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Great Lawn

An expansive green space bordered by flowers, the Great Lawn is JCRA's largest outdoor venue. It's perfect for big parties, premiers, and larger weddings. This is the spot to eat, drink, and stroll along the Arboretum’s famous 300 foot long Perennial Border.

Seating Dimensions Power Lighting Highlight Price per Hour
250+ 162' × 180' Yes No Tents allowed $265

Japanese Garden Check Availability

Japanese Garden

Beautiful in all four seasons, the serene plantings and contemplative Zen garden provide a peaceful, intimate setting and a memorable experience for your special event. There is very limited space for seating, but there are hard surface walkways for standing.

Seating Square Feet* Power Lighting Highlight Price per Hour
Limited 1,290 No No Secluded $190
* Irregular shaped.

A. E. Finley Rooftop Terrace Check Availability

A. E. Finley Rooftop Terrace

A dramatic setting especially in the evening, this outdoor reception area is perfect for sunset gatherings. Sitting above the Arboretum’s main building, the rooftop terrace has lighting, electricity, and of course, interesting, often fragrant plantings.

Seating Square Feet Power Lighting Highlight Price per Hour
80 2,860 Yes Yes ADA accessible $190

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Asian Valley

Lush plantings from Asia surround a small stone patio and slightly sloping lawn area. This garden is suitable for receptions or cocktail parties with limited seating.

Seating Dimensions Power Lighting Highlight Price per Hour
Limited 16' × 100' lawn No No Paved gathering area $190

Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden Check Availability

Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden

With its classic design, continual color and heavenly scent, the new Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden offers a romantic venue for weddings and other outdoor parties. During two peak seasons, mid-May and again in September, the garden sports more than 3,000 blooms a day. Complimentary plantings of perennials and shrubs, along with arbors and unique garden ornaments, create a setting rich in photo opportunities; a true flower-lover's dream!

Seating Square Feet Power Lighting Highlight Price per Hour
65 90' × 100' No No New in 2015 $190