The Garden rents its outdoor space for weddings, meetings, parties and other social gatherings/events. The fee schedule and facility rental terms are as follows:
A maximum of 200 people is allowed. Maximum time for rehearsal and wedding in any combination or any other event is 3 hours. Maximum time for rehearsal, set-up, wedding, reception and clean-up is 6 hours. For each hour in excess of the allowed time there will be an additional charge of $50.00. There is an extra charge of $75.00 for events held after normal operating hours or on Holidays when the Garden is typically closed.
Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance. You are encouraged to visit the Garden before reserving.
No indoor space is available for receptions, dressing, gift or equipment storage.
Heathcote does not provide tables, chairs or tents. We can supply names of rentals companies if needed. The renting party is responsible for set-up, removal and clean up, which is included in the time allowance. Dance Floors are NOT permitted on the Main Lawn.
All deliveries, placement and removal of rented equipment are to be coordinated with the Activities Coordinator. Deliveries must be made through the service entrance on Heathcote Drive and NOT on Savannah Road.
Heathcote will provide electrical outlets, trash containers, and recycling bins. The renting party is responsible for providing can liners and for removing the trash. There is an addition $100 charge for Heathcote to provide a dumpster for the event. Heathcote is a SMOKE-FREE Garden. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas at the Main Gate and on the North Side of the Restrooms.
For events scheduled during regular Garden hours of 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1:00 p.m-5:00 p.m. Sundays during the winter, the grounds will remain open to the public. Activities such as tours and classes may be taking place. Heathcote suggests rehearsals occur on Friday between 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tossing rice or blowing bubbles may be used to greet the bride and groom. NO CONFETTI OR BIRDSEED IS ALLOWED. (Although birdseed is environmentally friendly, it tends to sprout and can become a nuisance weed that requires manual labor to remove.) Butterfly releases are a always welcome.
Heathcote prefers that plastic drinking containers be used. If you choose to use glass, you are responsible for cleaning up any breakage.