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Private Events

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Guest Center: The Grand Hall

The Grand Hall is the largest reception venue at the Garden, providing dining seating for up to 350 guests. With a movable dance floor, five sets of double doors opening up to a beautiful veranda overlooking Little Smith Lake and a large pre-function lobby at the entrance, the Grand Hall is the perfect venue for any large parties and receptions.

The lobby of the Grand Hall is spacious and majestic and is the perfect place for a cocktail hour, seating chart and placeholders, photo booth, or guest check-in.  

The veranda overlooks beautiful Little Smith Lake and is private to the Grand Hall. The veranda is a wonderful place for a bar, giving you and your guests an easy and comfortable transition to the outdoors, or it can be a great extension of the dance floor.  

Maximum Seating:

  • Seated Dining: 350 guests (280 with dance floor)
  • Standing Reception: 450 guests

Prices Starting at $4,650

Guest Center: The Conservatory

The Conservatory, with a view of Little Smith Lake, is a stunning and quintessential intimate space for a luncheon or other memorable event. Its size makes it an excellent venue for small parties and showers.

Maximum Seating:

  • Seated Dining: 56 guests
  • Standing Reception: 80 guests

Prices Starting at $1,500

Guest Center: The Carriage House

The Carriage House, with its rustic elegance, can seat up to 150 guests for dining. It has a beamed ceiling, beautiful chandeliers, and carriage house doors that open to spacious patios on two sides of the building. The Carriage House is ideal for a birthday or anniversary party or rehearsal dinner.

Maximum Seating:

Seated Dinning: 150 guests (112 with dance floor)
Standing Reception: 200 guests

Prices Starting at $2,800

Nichols Arbor

The Arbor is a lovely, garden-themed space conveniently located next to the Linda J. Smith Administrative Building. With its warm ambiance, the Arbor is ideal for both casual and formal receptions, anniversary and birthday parties, graduation parties, and rehearsal dinners.

Your rental includes indoor tables and chairs, catering kitchen, library, a built-in sound and projections system, and a staff member during your event.

Specifications: 3,600 square feet

Maximum Seating:

  • Seated Dining: 160 guests (128 with dance floor)
  • Standing Reception: 199 guests

Prices Starting at $2,400

Murray Hall

Murray Hall is an excellent the ideal location for a rehearsal dinner, anniversary party, showers, or reception. Murray Hall is decorated in lovely neutral shades and is light-filled from the large windows on three sides of the main room.

Nestled on a hillside overlooking Little Smith Lake, the view of the lake and the surrounding gardens is breathtaking. The large deck that spans two sides of the building gives you an outdoor space that is perfect for a bar and bistro tables.

Specifications: 2,700 square feet  

Maximum Seating:

  • Seated Dining: 80 guests
  • Standing: 100 guests

Prices Starting at $1,200

Grisham Pavilion

The Pavilion is an outdoor area equipped with electric outlets, ceiling fans, and lights. The Pavilion is ideal for a family reunion, casual business luncheon, birthday party, or picnic.

  • The Pavilion does not include Garden admission. Garden admission may be purchased at a rate of $5 per person with your rental.
  • The Pavilion’s grass area will accommodate inflatables. There is a $50 charge for each inflatable. Each inflatable must be professionally installed.
  • Additional fees apply for Pavilion events requiring other than the standard set-up.
  • 6-hour rental

Picnic Table Seating: 240

Prices Starting at $600

Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater

The open-air Amphitheater provides semi-circular seating and a stage with magnificent Ionic columns. Outdoor power sources are available. Rental does not include admission to the Garden. Garden admission my be purchased at a rate of $5 per person with your rental.

Amphitheater Seating: 300

Prices Starting at $500

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