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The Arboretum offers a variety of garden ceremony sites as well as indoor and outdoor reception space. Our Events Coordinator will help ensure your dreams for this special day come true!

Wedding Ceremonies

Choose from many stunning garden locations for your wedding ceremony at The Dawes Arboretum. The All Seasons Garden offers the bride a grand entrance—down a wooden staircase into a garden of white and blush flowers. The Dawes Lake Island offers peaceful reflections of trees on the water. Our newest wedding garden is just west of the Daweswood House. A beautiful, historic flower garden overlooking the pond.

All garden ceremony sites include two hours in the garden for the ceremony and photographs, an Arboretum liaison, an hour rehearsal the evening before and the ordering/set-up/tear-down of chairs and equipment.

You are always welcome to schedule a personal tour to view our wedding sites. If you would like to view them at your own convenience, click the following link for a printable map and guide for The Arboretum’s wedding and reception locations: Wedding Location Map & Self Tour

View the many beautiful sites The Arboretum has to offer any time, 7am to sunset. Contact our Events Coordinator at 800.44.DAWES (800.443.2937) or specialevents@dawesarb.org for more details.

*Please note: The Japanese Garden will be closed for weddings July 1, 2014 until June 2015.


For your reception, consider the elegance of the Firelight Room with beautiful views of the All Seasons Garden or host the party on the Events Terrace while watching the sun set over the peaceful hillside.

The Firelight Room (capacity 100) includes table and chair set-up.  The Events Terrace (capacity 300) includes manicured gardens, an Arboretum liaison, all outdoor equipment including tents, tables, chairs, and the most spectacular views.  Contact the Events Coordinator for a quote.


The Arboretum’s exclusive caterer, Creative Catering, is committed to creating a stunning visual and culinary experience for you and your guests. Creative Catering offers flexible options to suit your tastes, dietary restrictions and budgetary requirements. You can contact them directly for a quote at 740.928.0310. Other caterers permitted with certain requirements. Contact specialevents@dawesarb.org for details.

Please click the following link to receive more details on planning your wedding at The Arboretum: Wedding Request Form


Hours & Admission

Arboretum Hours:

Open at 7am
Closing times vary by season.
Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving & Christmas days.

Admission is free

Visitors Center Hours:

Monday - Saturday
8am - 5pm
Sundays and holidays
10am - 5pm