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The Gardens of Castle Rock

Northfield, MN View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
16 reviews
$3k - $4k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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$3k - $4k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$6,450

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$6,450

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?

$6,450

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$6,450

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

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

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

2

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

16 Reviews

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Recommended by 97% of couples
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    Rating 4.8 out of 5

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    Becca M. Married on 05/29/2021
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    Honestly Perfect

    I wouldn't change a thing about the venue, everything was beautiful and each site is thought out. The staff is amazing, from touring the first day to planning and walk throughs throughout to day of, everyone was so helpful, communicative, understanding, knowledgable and professional. I can't say enough about The Gardens and the staff. Helped make our day more perfect than we could have ever imagined.

    The Gardens of Castle Rock's reply:

    Thank you Becca! It was truly a perfect wedding day! We are so glad The Gardens of Castle Rock was able to be a small part of it!!
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    Kristen E. Married on 11/21/2020
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    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!!

    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!!

Awards

  • 16
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Melissa & Zigmars
    42 photos · 08/22/2020
  • Lisa & John
    20 photos · 09/07/2019
  • Jordan & Marty
    16 photos · 06/29/2019
  • Haley & Makonnen
    37 photos · 08/17/2018
  • Julia & Sam
    21 photos · 10/07/2017
  • ERIKA & KYLE
    24 photos · 09/16/2017

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Team

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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26601 Chippendale Ave Northfield, MN, 55057
6512649510
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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 4.8 in professionalism.

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