The Gardens of Castle Rock

26601 Chippendale Ave, Northfield, MN 55057 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Gardens of Castle Rock

The Gardens of Castle Rock provides a beautiful setting for outdoor wedding ceremonies, receptions, and special events. Located in the lower south metro, The Gardens is a short distance from the Twin Cities. The Gardens welcomes all! Couples that are looking to express who they are and share with family and friends in an environment that is grounded in beauty, nature and design. Where personal expressions are manifested in the ability to create an event that is truly unique. An event that is an extension of your values and beliefs found in your relationship. Come join us! Embrace passion and celebrate love at The Gardens.

FACILITES & CAPACITY

Reflect the love your share by choosing from 4 ceremony siters that can each accommodate 300 guests.

  • The Grand Promenade ~ Formal and elegant…Beautiful white wedding pergola with paver walkway down the center aisle, edged with lush grass and mature trees as a backdrop.
  • The Lath House ~ Rustic and romantic…Charming wood structure covered with luscious grapevines, tucked back in the hill and illuminated with thousands of lights.
  • Wedding in The Woods ~ Natural and intimate…Find the magical boho wedding arch nestled in the woods behind the two heirloom white pine trees.
  • The Lawn ~ Classic to creative…Perfect for those who want to create the wedding of their dreams. There is no limit to your imagination with this setting! The drystone walls are a uniquely timeless feature and the modern wedding cube is amazing.

Dressing Rooms ~ Two private spaces allow you to prepare for your big day. The brand-new spacious Gardens Suite includes multiple mirrors and seating area, welcoming fireplace and beautifully appointed private bathroom. The Gardens Cottage is cozy and comfortable with rustic pine covered walls, walnut colored floor, floor to ceiling mirror and weathered steel exterior. Both located in the heart of The Gardens.

Garden Pavilion ~ Honest and true, authentic craftsmanship. Natural stone covers the façade, natural stone countertop with wet sink for bar and hand hewed timber frame structure covering the paver patio.

Reception Tent & Area ~ The classic century mate style white tent with its high peaks is striking in the landscape. The 40’ x 100’ spacious tent can easily accommodate 300 guests and is completed with an elegant paver floor and entrance. Permanent wood wall is installed on the east end of the tent. The tent can be completely enclosed and air-conditioned or heated as needed.

Natural Stone Fireplace & Paver Patio ~ Better than you could imagine. A real fire to set the perfect outdoor atmosphere for your reception. Seasoned firewood provided.

Main Assembly Building ~ The hub of your day’s event. Includes, event space, catering, staging.

Restrooms ~ Gardens Pavilion Restrooms – Men & women, spacious with modern touches, handicap accessible. Main Assembly Restroom – handicap accessible, gender neutral, baby changing table.

Convenient Off-Street Parking ~ Parking attendants assist your guests to the crushed rock parking area with easy access to the reception area.

SERVICES OFFERED

Tables & Chairs ~

  • 20 – 8’ cedar banquet tables
  • 2 – Sweetheart tables
  • 30 – 60” round tables
  • 10 – 6’ banquet tables
  • 10 – 30” high-top tables
  • 3 – 5’ Mid-Height cedar tables
  • 72 – Pine wood benches
  • 300 – Standard black folding chairs
  • 300 – White fan back folding chairs

Ambiance & Background Music System ~ Set the mood of your event by plugging your playlist into our state-of-the-art music system that covers the patio area in and around the Main Assembly Building.

Portable Sound System for Ceremony Site ~ Two microphones and a connection to play pre-recorded music.

Open Wi-Fi Network ~ Share your memories instantly.

Lighting ~ Thousands of lights make The Gardens sparkle at night!

Patio Heaters

Space for lawn & yard games

Potted plants and all The Gardens

Late Night Pizza Oven ~ Finish the night off right with pizzas from the woodfired stone pizza oven.

Inclusive Welcoming Environment ~ The Gardens welcomes all to celebrate love!

CUISINE
It’s your day so choose what you eat! The Gardens of Castle Rock has an open policy on catering. Caterers who are licensed and insurance are eligible to cater your event.


HISTORY
The Gardens of Castle Rock is located in Castle Rock Township, south of the city of Farmington in Dakota County. The Township derives its name from a nearby St. Peter sandstone formation. A nursery business has existed at The Gardens location since 1926. William “Grandpa” Switzer named the business Castle Rock Nursery shortly after becoming proprietor. Another name change was in order when William’s son, Garry C. Switzer, returned from working in the National Park Service as a Landscape Architect to join the family business. Switzer’s Nursery & Landscaping, as it is still called today, has been a family owned business for three generations. Garry’s love of designing and constructing beautiful landscapes was passed down to his son, Glenn, the current owner.

Glenn has continued his father’s love of landscaping and refocused the business on his passion, Design/Build Landscapes. The Gardens highlight the business’s expertise in paver patios, pergolas, outdoor living spaces and yes, gardens! Glenn is the recipient of several local, state and national awards for his landscape designs and installations.

Switzer’s is known for creating life enhancing outdoor living environments. The Gardens of Castle Rock Wedding & Event Center is a natural extension for Switzer’s creativity. Working with new materials and techniques, along with time honored standards, The Gardens is always expanding, growing and changing with the seasons. We hope that you enjoy your time at The Gardens as we share our love for beautiful gardens & landscapes!

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Garden Pavilon at dusk
Garden Pavilon at dusk
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The Lath House
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The Grand Promenade
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The Lath House
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The Grand Promenade
The Grand Promenade
The Grand Promenade
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Wedding in the Woods
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Natural Stone Fireplace
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Entrance to The Lath House
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Wedding in the Woods
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Paver patio outside tent
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The Grand Promenade
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Wedding in the Woods
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Garden Pavilion
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The Grand Promenade
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Garden Pavilion
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Wedding in the Woods
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Paver Patio & Garden Pavilion
The Lath House
The Lath House
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Garden Pavilion & Fireplace
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Wedding in the Woods
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Gardens Suite & Pavilion
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Wedding in the Woods
The Lath House
The Lath House
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Garden Pavilion
The Lath House
The Lath House
The Grand Promenade
The Grand Promenade
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Garden Pavilion & Pizza Oven
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Inside the Reception Tent
The Lath House
The Lath House
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Inside the Reception Tent
The Lath House in fall
The Lath House in fall
Lath House Entrance & Tent
Lath House Entrance & Tent
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Reception Tent
The Lath House
The Lath House
The Gardens Cedar Tables
The Gardens Cedar Tables
The Gardens Suite
The Gardens Suite
Natural Stone Fireplace
Natural Stone Fireplace
The Lath House
The Lath House
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Inside the Reception Tent
The Lath House
The Lath House
Garden Pavilion
Garden Pavilion
The Gardens Suite
The Gardens Suite
Garden Pavilion
Garden Pavilion
Rustic Refined Table & Chairs
Rustic Refined Table & Chairs
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Garden Pavilion
Reception Tent
Reception Tent
The Lath House
The Lath House
King's Harvest Table
King's Harvest Table
The Gardens Suite
The Gardens Suite
The Grand Promenade
The Grand Promenade
Garden Pavilion
Garden Pavilion
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Inside the Reception Tent
The Gardens Cedar Tables
The Gardens Cedar Tables
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Outside the Tent
The Garden Pavilion
The Garden Pavilion
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Inside the Reception Tent
Paver Patio & Fireplace
Paver Patio & Fireplace
The Grand Promenade
The Grand Promenade
Natural Stone Fireplace
Natural Stone Fireplace
Garden Pavilon at dusk
Garden Pavilon at dusk
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Recommended by 96% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.7
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Henry K. · Married on 12/09/2020

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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
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    • Flexibility:
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    • Professionalism:
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    Beautiful venue, accommodating hosts!

    Beautiful venue and excellent to work with! We decided to have a small wedding during COVID and ended up planning the whole thing in 4 weeks. Kris and Glenn were very accommodating and it was an amazing event for us! Awesome place for pictures as well!

    Sent on 09/29/2020

    The Gardens of Castle Rock's reply:

    Thank you Henry! We are so happy Rachel and you had a wonderful wedding day with the bonus of some amazing sunset photos!
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    Catherine B. · Married on 09/13/2020

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    Stunning, affordable and private

    The Gardens of Castle Rock made our wedding day everything we hope it would be and more. They were amazing to work with and the owners and staff were so friendly and helpful. We had to reschedule due to COVID and The Gardens of Castle Rock made that process so easy. They quickly and competently answered all of our questions and worked with us as we picked a new date. Throughout the planning process they were quickly available to answer questions and help us as we planned our day. We fell in love with The Gardens of Castle Rock and the flexibility on creating our day to be what we wanted it to be. We were able to bring in our own food and drinks, choose our own vendors and had the entire venue to ourselves all day. The grounds are stunning and we had so many compliments on our wedding day - our family and friends LOVED The Gardens of Castle Rock.

    Sent on 09/29/2020

    The Gardens of Castle Rock's reply:

    Thank you Catherine! We loved helping Fernando and you create the perfect day to celebrate the beginning of your beautiful new journey together!

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The Gardens of Castle Rock FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 4950
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 4950
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 4950
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 4950
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    Clean Up
    Lighting/Sound
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    10+
  • Describe your venue:
    Garden
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Clean Up
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Pet Friendly
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What event items are available?
    Altar/Arch
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
    Tents
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    November
    December

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Team of The Gardens of Castle Rock

Glenn Switzer

Glenn Switzer

Founder ~ Venue & Event Designer

As a landscape designer, Glenn has meticulously designed The Gardens of Castle Rock to be an inviting natural environment full of unique handcrafted structures and planned green spaces. No faux here! Blending traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques, Glenn’s love of design comes alive in the natural environment of The Gardens. A lover of a good party with over 700 weddings under his belt, Glenn understands what it takes to make your wedding a truly unique event.

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The Gardens of Castle Rock frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Gardens of Castle Rock?

The Gardens of Castle Rock includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

What are the most important characteristics of The Gardens of Castle Rock in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Gardens of Castle Rock for wedding events is known for:

  • Garden

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Gardens of Castle Rock for wedding events?

The Gardens of Castle Rock offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does The Gardens of Castle Rock offer?

The Gardens of Castle Rock offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Gardens of Castle Rock offer for wedding events?

The Gardens of Castle Rock offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Gardens of Castle Rock have available for wedding events?

The Gardens of Castle Rock offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents

What percentage of users recommend The Gardens of Castle Rock and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Gardens of Castle Rock is recommended by 93% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in value, 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in flexibility and 4.7 in professionalism.

What kind of wedding service promotions does The Gardens of Castle Rock offer?

The Gardens of Castle Rock currently offers 1 discount promotion for wedding services.