Private Events

Daytime Meetings or Receptions

Meetings or receptions for parties up to 70 guests are held during normal business hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm in the Education Building or the Auld House. The Education Building has a wonderful view of Fountain Plaza and has direct access to the parking lot. The Education Building will accommodate up to 45 people. The historic Hill Country cabin seats 50 guests indoors and the adjacent outdoor patio seats an additional 20 guests. Food and beverage are permitted and must be provided by an approved caterer. Caterers have been hand-picked by the garden. They are familiar with the grounds and offer premium service.

Evening Receptions

Receptions held after normal business hours are scheduled starting at 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Additional hours may be added. With the exception of the Auld House, all venue sites are outdoors. Tents and rentals may be rented from the approved vendor, Peerless Events and Tents.

Rental Site Options:

  • Wisteria Arbor
  • Fountain Plaza
  • Conservatory Courtyard
  • Amphitheater
  • Auld House and Patio
  • Discovery Center Classrooms (opening spring of 2017)

Evening rentals include rental site, onsite parking, security staff, janitorial staff and facility coordinator.

Rental Areas

ConservatoryLucile Halsell Conservatory Courtyard

The glass pyramids of our signature landmark Lucile Halsell Conservatory surround an interior courtyard centered around a serene water garden. The courtyard and adjacent covered walkways will accommodate up to 250 seated. Guests have access to the exhibit room featuring a collection of tropical plants. The dramatic setting is an excellent location for a ceremony, strolling reception, or a seated dinner.

fountainplaza1Fountain Plaza

This highly desirable outdoor setting offers a variety of enchanting venues including an expansive lawn, flagstone paved plaza and an intimate arbor all centered around a majestic fountain. The peaceful sounds of running water amidst lush plantings make this location ideal for small intimate parties or for larger events of up to 400.

Auld House

This historic Hill Country cabin with outdoor covered patio accommodates up to 70 guests in the combined indoor/outdoor space, with seating up to 50 indoors. The Garden provides an appropriate number of chairs, six 48” rounds, and 10 six-foot tables. An adjoining full kitchen is available for use. This quaint dwelling is perfect for intimate gatherings.


This historic above-ground water reservoir has been converted into a beautiful setting for an afternoon or evening gathering. Wisteria and crossvine adorn columns surrounding the venue creating a picturesque and romantic atmosphere. This site filled with romantic ambiance accommodates up to 300 seated.

Caterers and Rental Fees

Food and beverage are permitted by an approved caterer. Caterers have been hand-picked by the Garden. They are familiar with the grounds and offer premium service.

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