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.
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.
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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!
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!
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.
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!
9 Reviews for The Gardens of Castle Rock
Recommended by 94% of couples
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Elise Barraza · Married on 06/27/2020
The Gardens Of Castle Rock is a phenomenal wedding venue. They were an essential part of our miracle wedding - Planned at record speed between the time we first toured and met with them and the wedding day, about two weeks later #covidweddingSent on 07/09/2020
Through that unusual time of planning, Kris & Glen were consistently helpful, easy-going, supportive, accommodating, and on top of things. Through their gorgeous site and the assistance they gave us, we truly had a beautiful wedding. Glen's skillful & artistic craftsmanship that has gone into much of the buildings and wooden structures gave it a unique, personal, and beautiful flair.
We believe any couple would be fortunate to get married at The Gardens. We're so grateful they're a part of our story.
Theresa · Married on 05/11/2019
Easily the best choice in venues we could have made. The staff were so wonderful to work with. We wanted a very simplistic and laid back wedding and were able to do just that at The Gardens. The grounds are absolutely stunning and need very little decor to give it that magical feel. Loved that they had no restrictions on vendors, as we were able to supply our own alcohol, have outdoor games and choose any caterer for a nacho bar and tacos. Highly recommend!Sent on 06/09/2019
Martha · Married on 08/18/2018
I can’t say enough great things about the Gardens of Castle Rock! It is a spectacular venue for all couple’s and their visions for their wedding day. They have various wedding sites where couples can utilize the space and make it their own. Beautiful landscapes, wooden handmade details, a gorgeous stone fireplace, a unique bar overhang, and the newest bridal cottage space are just a few of the many things that make this venue amazing! On top of that, the staff are wonderful, so accommodating, patient, and personable. Definitely take the time to do a walk-thru with Glenn and see how special this place really is! Highly recommend!!Sent on 09/03/2018
The Gardens of Castle Rock Price Rates
Book your wedding date at The Gardens of Castle Rock within 6-months of your chosen wedding date and receive 20% off the venue rental cost.
Photo credit: Charnell Timms Photography