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!
14 Reviews for The Gardens of Castle Rock
Recommended by 96% of couples
20 User photos
Kristen E. · Married on 11/21/2020
One word = Perfect
I cannot say enough positive things about the Gardens. Every interaction with each staff member was fantastic. I felt everything was straight forward, no hidden costs or pressures. They gave us not only options but also support in making our wedding 'our own' & unique to us as a couple. They offered valuable suggestions and our wedding day could not have gone any better. It was perfect. With their flawless and timely communication, quality and great staff- I cannot recommend them enough. Also, if you love nature and being outside - this is a must see!!Sent on 12/20/2020
The Gardens of Castle Rock's reply:Thanks so much Kristen! We truly enjoyed being a part of Tom and your beautiful autumn wedding day!!
Henry K. · Married on 12/09/2020
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!
Catherine B. · Married on 09/13/2020
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!
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
Team of The Gardens of Castle Rock
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.