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San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens is a unique wedding venue located in San Luis Obispo, California. For more than 30 years, the Garden has showcased drought-tolerant plants from the world's five Mediterranean climate zones - including many native California plants. Our beautiful venue offers you the opportunity to celebrate surrounded by nature. Located just 15 minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo, but nestled among 150 acres in El Chorro Regional Park, the Garden feels a world away from city. Here, you can enjoy a one-of-a-kind event that is sure to be remembered by you and your guests for years to come.

Facilities and Capacity

San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens offers you several unique spaces for use for your wedding ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, or shower. Our Oak Glen Pavilion offers an eco-friendly indoor space for intimate dinners or lively cocktail receptions. Or choose the Terrace and Courtyard for a magical outdoor space where you can enjoy your special day until the blue sky turns to dusk and the market lights come on to illuminate the night. We are also (leashed) dog-friendly so you can include four-pawed friends in your celebration!

Our flexible spaces can be configured to meet your needs - from dance floors and DJs to live music and food trucks! From intimate ceremonies of 25 to larger events of 150+, we have a place for you.

Services Offered

San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens offer couples a number of services to help facilitate their perfect wedding day. We can help with parking, security, and rentals of tables, chairs, and A/V equipment. We have a commercial kitchen on-site that can be rented separately if needed. Outside vendors are welcome, allowing you to create the event of your dreams.

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Reviews of San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens

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Brian Y. Sent on 08/14/2022
3 out of 5 rating

Great Venue, but Some Logistical Challenges

We recently had a wedding rehearsal dinner and welcome party at the SLO Botanical Garden. To echo the sentiments of another reviewer on here, the location and the event itself turned out to be wonderful, but working with the staff at the gardens was never straightforward. We were unclear about requirements for booking security, paying for an extra event space for parking, etc. until very close to our event, which added some unnecessary stress to our planning process. They also were completely unclear about their own requirements for alcohol permits at their location which led to me needing to visit the SLO Alcoholic Beverage Control office myself to get some clarity.

It would be very helpful for the garden to just include the booking of their required security, parking, and alcohol permits (if required) into their event booking price/process.

During the few months of planning for this event, the garden had gone through multiple different event coordinators, and finally brought on Tracy, who was extremely helpful, and seemed to be making a real effort to improve the process of booking events at the garden. She seemed to have real experience with planning large events. If she stays on with the garden, I have no doubt this would be a great and easy place to hold an event in the future. The gardens and event space are really beautiful.
Sara R. Sent on 07/21/2022
1 out of 5 rating

A beautiful but disappointing venue

We are SLO locals. When we decided to get married, we wanted to choose a unique venue that contributes positively to our community. We liked the idea of supporting a nonprofit and incorporating natural beauty into our wedding. The wedding (May 2022) turned out fabulously and everyone had a great time. The facilities were clean and tidy. The kitchen was well equipped for our caterers. The outdoor areas and gardens were beautiful and useful for our purposes.

While the day itself was wonderful, there were many disappointments along the way

There was turnover in the Events staff, and there did not seem to be communication between the outgoing and incoming events person. There were many miscommunications and omissions of information, some of which were not sorted out until days before the wedding.

We feel that SLO BG should be responsible for reserving parking and security, and incorporate the cost into the price of the venue. We were not told in advance about the need to reserve picnic areas to ensure parking for our guests or about the proper procedure for paying our guests’ entrance fees to the park. Since SLO BG only deals with 1 security company and they were difficult to communicate with, this should be their responsibility as well.

Most wedding require a rehearsal, usually the day before the event. SLO BG staff seemed surprised by our need for a rehearsal, and required us to pay an additional fee. We believe that a rehearsal should be a standard part of booking a wedding venue.

SLO BG does not allow any of their furniture to be used outside, so we rented all furniture from a local company. SLO BG had rigid rules about times that furniture could be dropped off and picked up. We were forced to chose a more expensive rental vendor because of the restrictions put in place by SLO BG.

SLO BG and the parks department do not allow any cars to be left in the parking lot overnight. This concerned us as it presented a safety risk. While we hoped none of our guests would become too intoxicated, occasionally the unexpected happens. To not allow cars to be parked overnight is to encourage wedding guests to drive home intoxicated.

A few weeks prior to our wedding, SLO BG began doing major site work near our ceremony location. The event coordinator at SLO BG was unaware that the work was happening, and was unable to guarantee that it would be done prior to our event. Luckily it was completed in time, but it would have significantly disrupted our wedding and been a danger to our guests had it not been completed.

While all of the previous issues were stressful but manageable, the most egregious error they made was to call us during our rehearsal dinner to complain about how the furniture had been stored at the venue overnight. This was an unprofessional and unnecessary phone call and its only purpose seemed to be to hassle us the night before the wedding.

And finally, we would have appreciated a Thank You after the wedding— perhaps a note enclosed with our returned security deposit. We did not hear from SLO BG at all. No one contacted us to see how our event went. Had staff shown an interest in correcting their mistakes, we would likely be writing a much more positive review. Unfortunately, communication from SLO BG was and continues to be poor. We would love to recommend this unique, charming venue, however SLO BG has continually fallen short. While our wedding ended up being beautiful, it was in spite of SLO BG staff, not because of them.
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Tracy Strann
Tracy Strann
Events Director

Tracy Strann is a visionary and performance driven professional with over 25 years’ experience in marketing, advertising, promotion, event production, development, corporate sponsorship, publishing and public relations in both corporate and contract settings.

Familiar working in high-visibility positions requiring diplomatic and professional communication, Tracy utilizes her unique mix of creative and analytical skills with a demonstrated flair for marketing and business development. An excellent spokesperson, advocate, administrator and team leader who multi-tasks well and takes pride in managing people and projects, she is a proactive problem solver with a tenacious resolve to organize and complete projects across multiple departments and within established deadlines.

Beginning in the high fashion industry as merchandising director and assistant PR and fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman-Marcus respectively, she moved into a solo singer/songwriter career. This evolved into major market concert promotion (Marquis Entertainment, Metropolitan Entertainment) producing and marketing concerts and special events in nine northeast markets including management of the Grateful Dead. She then became Media Promotion Director at Carat and Deutsch Inc. followed by producing special events for Conde Nast Publications.

Most recently, Tracy produced the Grand Opening of The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles (2008 - 2012) as Director of External Affairs while planning and executing all marketing and special event efforts in addition to contributing as an exhibit curator.

In 2015, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center named her Chief Marketing and Corporate Development Officer. SPAC is the summer home of New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival and the world class Saratoga Wine & Food Festival. SPAC was voted the #1 Outdoor Music Venue in the US by readers of USA Today in both 2015 and 2016.

Responsibilities at SPAC included but were not limited to the planning and execution of all advertising (print, radio, television, cable), social media (paid and unpaid), public relations, special events, promotion, collateral/graphics, on-site pre-performance events and production of the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival. Additionally, she was strategically involved with a 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign garnering in excess of $5M, production of WMHT’s Emmy nominated hour long retrospective, “SPAC at 50” and archive collection and preservation culminating in the creation, funding and self-publication of the 360 page, hardcover, 50TH Anniversary commemorative coffee table book, “SPAC 50: Celebrating 50 Years of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center”.SPAC 50”, for which she was the Executive Editor, recently won the prestigious 2017 IPPY Independent Book Publisher Gold Medal Award.

Currently, Tracy is consulting for local and national firms and serving on the Board of Directors of Saratoga Arts and Athletes For America.


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