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Parties at Elm Bank

The Gardens at Elm Bank are the perfect place for your next party or other special event!

Whether it's a birthday celebration, an anniversary, a holiday celebration or a Bat or Bar Mitzvah, we have the facilities and staff to ensure your party's success. This special event venue offers a wide choice of facilties including our historic Hunnewell Building, Putnam Building and Education Building. We also have well-appointed rooms for smaller events. Located just 10 miles outside of Boston, Elm Bank has more than 36 acres of fields, forests, and formal gardens as well as a collection of architectural masterpieces. 
Take advantage of our unrivaled beauty as a place for fun! Whatever the occasion, Mass Hort's Gardens at Elm Bank has everything available to take care of you and your guests.


Weezie's Garden at the Gardens at Elm Bank

Enjoy the grandeur of our 36 acre garden estate- the perfect setting for your party or special event:

  • Beautiful and exclusive event venue nestled in the lush gardens of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society
  • An enchanting and serene setting year-round
  • Five indoor options
  • Expansive outdoor venue
  • Professional event planner to help create a memorable event for your guests


Bat Mitzvah held at the Hunnewell Building

Indoor and Outdoor Spaces Exuding Elegance—and Fun! 

Escape the frenzied pace and enjoy the inspiration of connecting with nature at The Gardens at Elm Bank The unique openness of the space is freeing, as our walking trails open the mind to exploring new ideas and the expanse of the gardens suggests unimagined possibilities. At The Gardens at Elm Bank, nature’s hold is more like an embrace, as guests find an immediate comfort in the natural surroundings. It is an ideal setting for your party, celebration, or special event. Nature provides the best environment for making friends, as human interaction takes a hint from nature, which is spontaneous, alive, and welcoming. With 12 gardens, several outdoor spaces, and multiple indoor and air conditioned rooms, we can accommodate groups of virtually any size. In partnership with our preferred caterers and team-building leaders, your guests will leave feeling reconnected and energized.

Turnkey Events With Just a Phone Call
We assist in tailoring an event to help meet your expectations. We can help coordinate the rental of the tent/games/activities, food, as well as a bar. Our preferred caterers offer full-service event planning.

Hunnewell Building:This event space features a 3,000 square foot function hall with exposed original vaulted and trussed ceiling. It offers a large catering kitchen along with full complement of tables, chairs, and other event furnishings. An attached three-season tent completes a perfect venue for symposia, lectures, weddings, charitable benefits, and other public events. Both structures can accommodate approximately 225 guests for a sitdown dinner or 400 for a standing reception. Lecture configurations are also available for up to 200 people.  See more details here.

The Hunnewell Building Interior
Photo Credit: Channing Johnson Photography
The Hunnewell Building Tent
Photo Credit: Jen Ing Photography

The Putnam Horticulture Building:
Available for meetings, lectures, and workshops for up to 45 participants. Whether for a garden club or local interest group, the Putnam’s facilities will help your organization’s event run smoothly.

Maple Grove: The Maple Grove is a 140 feet x 140 feet grassy area in the heart of our gardens. A beautiful setting that accommodates a function tent of almost any size. 

Maple Grove Tent at Elm Bank
The Maple Grove with Large Outdoor Tent

Additional Indoor Facilities
There are a number of other rooms available at Elm Bank for social events. Each provides the privacy and space your group requires for informative and productive meetings. See more details.

Let Mass Hort plan your event!
We assist in tailoring an event to help meet your expectations.

  • We can rent the tent/tables/chairs for your group
  • We can help coordinate the rental of the tent/games/activities, food, as well as a bar.

For Your Convenience
We have a basic sound system for addressing your attendees available for rent. We also have WiFi available in the Hunnewell Building and Dearborn Room. Please contact us for details.

Mass Hort is located at 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. Our main entrance at Elm Bank is on Route 16 (Washington Street). Find specific directions here. Ample parking with easy access is available on site.

Contact us for rates and booking information by filling out an information request form or by calling 617-933-4921. 

About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Mass Hort logo newFounded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

Entertaining at Elm Bank

Corporate brochure 2015