Across the country, there are so many botanical gardens wedding venues that just so happen to make picture-perfect backdrops for your special day. From traditional rose gardens and neatly trimmed topiary displays, to desert gardens, tropical forests, and plant-filled greenhouses, the great thing about these botanical event spaces is that they're beautiful all on their own, which means you can let nature do the decorative work for you. Whether you're getting married on the East Coast, West Coast, or somewhere in between, you won't want to miss these flower-filled venues.
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego
San Diego, California
From waterfalls, wisteria arbors, pavilions, and outdoor courtyards, to bamboo walls and koi ponds, this botanical gardens wedding venue has so many different settings to choose from. If you're eloping or having an intimate wedding, you can even get married on the picturesque bridge (pictured above) for a unique outdoor ceremony. Optional event add-ons include chairs, banquet tables, and linens, or you can bring your own.
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, New York
As one of the most famous botanical gardens and "living museums" in the country, The New York Botanical Garden is also an iconic place to get married. Choose from two outdoor spaces: an elegant garden terrace overlooking lush trees and hydrangea bushes, or the secluded rustic stone mill, nestled just steps from the Bronx River. As an all-inclusive wedding venue, the botanical gardens also provide gourmet catering, bartending, and event rentals, such as chairs, banquet tables, and tents.
Paine Art Center and Gardens
This midwestern wedding venue is the perfect setting if you've ever dreamed of a fairytale-inspired wedding. The main building at the Paine Art Center and Gardens is a Tudor-style mansion, complete with hand-carved oak staircases, tinted glass windows, and decorative plaster ceilings to resemble a medieval castle. The venue's landscaping is a beautiful example of both English-style gardens and formal gardens.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn, New York
New Yorkers have another gorgeous garden wedding venue to choose from: the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, located right next to Prospect Park. This 52-acre venue is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without having to actually leave NYC at all. The atrium, pictured above, overlooks the cherry tree esplanade where the pink trees bloom in early spring.
United States National Arboretum
With more than 500 acres of land, the U.S. National Arboretum is one of the largest botanical gardens wedding venues in the country. This venue is filled with dramatic backdrops for wedding portraits and settings for your outdoor ceremony, including the National Columns display (pictured above), the National Grove of State Trees, aquatic gardens, and a fern meadow.
San Juan Capistrano, California
Located in downtown San Juan Capistrano, Franciscan Gardens is the perfect combination of laid-back California style and historical charm. This botanical gardens wedding venue features an enclosed courtyard, an indoor wedding reception space, and two dressing suites so you can get ready on-site.
West Milford Farm
If you love rustic wedding style, West Milford Farm is the garden wedding venue for you. This century-old farm features a Victorian farmhouse, the original 1800s barn, and a charming greenhouse (pictured above) that was built with reclaimed windows from a local mill. Wedding coordination and various decor items are provided by the venue.
Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory
Hosting a microwedding in Baltimore? The Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory, which dates back to the late 1880s, is a gorgeous option for either an indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony. Two pavilions, a courtyard, half-acre garden, and five greenhouses are all available to rent for your special day.
Atlanta History Center
This stunning botanical gardens wedding venue is ideal if you're planning a formal or black-tie wedding in Atlanta. The Swan House, which was built in 1928, and the adjoining gardens (pictured here) are an unforgettable backdrop for your special event.
The Greenhouse at Driftwood
Filled with cacti, palm trees, and colorful plants, The Greenhouse at Driftwood is a perfect venue if you're into boho wedding style. The venue actually has two greenhouses: the desert greenhouse, which can host up to 10 people, and the tropical greenhouse, which can host up to 40. For larger groups, consider the deck, oak lawn, or tent slab, which can all accommodate about 200 people.
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
Built as a private residence in the 1920s, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is now a sprawling, 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located about 10 miles south of downtown Nashville. Event spaces include numerous gardens, a reflecting pool, a brick courtyard, historic mansion, and the breathtaking wisteria arbor that's perfect for an intimate ceremony or reception.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Despite New England's harsh winters, this elegant, all-inclusive botanical gardens wedding venue is gorgeous year-round. During the summer, choose from two different gardens, including the sunken Secret Garden, which is bordered by two spiral staircases and wooden gazebos. During the winter, the conservatory is a grand space for your indoor ceremony and reception. Wedding coordination, day-of assistance, event rentals, and exclusive use of the venue on your wedding day are all included with your rental.
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Whether you're hosting 20 guests or 200 guests, the Cleveland Botanical Garden has a variety of beautiful event spaces to choose from. The venue spans 10 acres of landscaped grounds, including a Japanese garden, sunken garden, and reflecting pool terrace with water lilies and lotuses. Exclusive caterers and event coordination are provided by the venue.
Desert Botanical Garden
Host an unforgettable event in the desert by getting married at this Phoenix wedding venue. The larger-than-life cacti, succulents, and mountain views will make this one of the most unique venues your guests will ever visit. Choose from four different event spaces throughout the property.
The Garden Villa at Florida Federation of Garden Clubs
Winter Park, Florida
Home to Spanish moss, vine-covered walkways, palm trees, and landscaped courtyards, this garden wedding venue is the perfect combination of Southern charm and tropical Floridian vibes. As an all-inclusive venue, the garden's expert chefs, wedding coordinators, and professional event decorating staff will help make planning your special day a breeze.
Huntsville Botanical Garden
For the ultimate Southern elegant wedding venue, look no further than the Huntsville Botanical Garden. This grand mansion is a stunning backdrop for a formal wedding—choose from two different gardens, a lakeside meadow, carriage house, and grand ballroom. The Huntsville Botanical Garden, which can host up to 450 people, also provides in-house catering and wedding packages.
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii
Thinking about planning a destination wedding? Check out the National Tropical Botanical Garden on the island of Kauai. At this tropical oasis, you can get married in front of a waterfall or on top of a hill with ocean views, surrounded by more than 200 acres of tropical forest.
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Hales Corners, Wisconsin
Don't miss the Boerner Botanical Gardens if you're planning to get married in downtown Milwaukee. This picturesque location looks amazing in any season (even in the snow!) and has two main event spaces. Boerner Hall, pictured above, is decorated with lush tropical plants and can accommodate up to 300 guests.
Norfolk Botanical Garden
With 13 different event spaces to choose from, the Norfolk Botanical Garden can accommodate all weddings big and small. Some of the garden's most popular wedding ceremony backdrops include the rose garden, perennial garden, and stone fountain patio. Wedding and elopement packages start at just $750, making this one of the most affordable botanical gardens wedding venues out there.
Chicago Botanic Garden
Thanks to the many romantic settings at the Chicago Botanic Garden, including an English-style garden, rose terrace, and Japanese courtyard, you can't go wrong when choosing to get married here. Wedding packages include catering, linens, chairs, and garden tram tours for your guests if the event takes place between May and October.