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Parties and Social Gatherings

A group of people minge on an elevated platform in the treetops.

Daytime Events

The Morris Arboretum will put your event in a class of its own, away from the rush of modern life, against a backdrop of gorgeous gardens. A variety of indoor and outdoor settings may be rented with direct access to the rest of the gardens for you and your guests to wander and enjoy during our public hours. Free on-site parking is included. For refreshments you may choose from any of our approved caterers [link to vendor contacts], who represent a variety of cuisine styles and price ranges. Our outdoor events season runs from April through October and indoor events may be booked year-round. Dates may be booked up to six months in advance. Enjoy peaceful, natural surroundings for a memorable event!  

Birthdays, Bridal and Baby Showers 

Celebrate your milestone event surrounded by greenery in our outdoor reception tent. We offer three tiers of party: up to 50, 51 to 100 or 101 to 150 guests. The space allows flexible layout for your style and our dining tables and reception chairs are included.  

Indoor parties for up to 50 can be held in our Upper Gallery space with A/V capabilities and optional access to the McLean Room for catering set up.  

Events may be scheduled between 10 AM and 2 PM, with a two-hour minimum, based on open hours and availability. During the day the reception tent space is shared with our members and visitors, and we partition your space for visual privacy. If a private evening event sounds better for you, check out our options under Evening Events below

Celebrations of Life 

Planning a happy celebration of a passed loved one? The Arboretum may be an option for you to come together in the beauty of nature. Private programs may be held between 10 AM and 2 PM in the Upper Gallery with a luncheon following in the Side Tent. For daytime events, attendance is limited to fifty guests and must be invite-only. Open invitations with variable guest counts, funeral services, wakes or other somber events are not permitted. If you’d like to host a larger event, see our Evening Events options below.  

Hourly rate between 10 AM and 4 PM; subject to availability (two-hour minimum).

Evening Events

Birthdays, anniversaries, cocktail parties with friends or a grand celebration are all wonderful when set in our
beautiful gardens. For Celebrations of Life, choose one of our picturesque settings for your program and then
celebrate at Out on a Limb or in the reception tent afterwards.

Looking to host your employee or client appreciation event, a fundraiser or awards dinner? Perhaps a special
company dinner or gala event? We have several options after hours to entertain your guests in a lovely garden
setting and historic carriage house building.

Cocktail Receptions

Our treehouse feature Out on a Limb is great for casual events meant for mingling and
snacks. High in the treetops, your guests will enjoy a memorable experience. Dates are available for booking
up to six months in advance during our season April – October. The Rose Garden is a great place to mix and
mingle as well. Host your clients and colleagues amongst our exquisite flowers and flagstone paths between
May and September. Cocktail receptions are for three hours between 6pm and 9pm.

Dinner Receptions

Full dinner receptions may be hosted in our Widener Reception Tent. Enjoy four hours of event time in our outdoor tented area and historic wagon house building. Event hours are from 6 pm to 10 pm. Utilize the classroom area for a bar or buffet and bring in your own DJ or entertainment. The space allows flexible layout for your style and our dining tables and reception chairs are included.

Full Gala Events

Combine the best parts of the gardens for an exceptional event. Start with a cocktail reception in one of the above locations (dates permitting) followed by dinner and entertainment in the Widener Tent. Dining tables and reception chairs are included with the venue. Want to get around a little easier? Rent our golf cart to help guests get to and from the cocktail reception in the Rose Garden or ride for tours around the gardens before dinner. Events are for four hours between 6pm and 10pm, and an additional hour may be added if you’d like.

Check rates and availability here.