Thank you for thinking of the Garden at Elm Bank and Massachusetts Horticultural Society for the upcoming event that you are planning! Our amazing location here in Wellesley and Dover, Massachusetts includes 36 acres, including gardens, open fields, and historic structures. We pride ourselves in offering a unique and remarkable experience for each event that takes place on our property.
We look forward to introducing you to our remarkable property and showing you the unlimited possibilities of our unique event spaces. Our location is home to many Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Bridal and Baby Showers, as well as holiday and personal celebrations!
The Garden at Elm Bank resides on Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s stunning 36-acre property located along the Charles River in Wellesley and Dover, Massachusetts. Just thirty minutes outside of Boston, our property offers twelve gorgeous display gardens and multiple event spaces to suit your event of virtually any capacity. We take pride in offering one event on the property at a time for our late afternoon and evening rentals, allowing for the most intimate experience possible.
Massachusetts Horticultural Society, founded in 1829, is the oldest, formally organized horticultural institution in the United States. Our location at the Garden at Elm Bank is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for many elements. Whether you are looking to incorporate our history or simply have a unique setting for your event, our property is the perfect backdrop.
Our variety of reception locations can accommodate seated or standing receptions of nearly any size. Whether you are looking to be exclusively indoors, outdoors, or a little bit of both, we are pleased to offer a variety of options.
As guests arrive, they are guided through the wooded driveway which leads to our complimentary parking areas. Included in all rentals is use of the gardens for photography, cocktail receptions, and for guests to enjoy freely. The tranquil atmosphere will bring your guests together as they absorb the beauty of the gardens and our one-of-a-kind property in celebration of your event.
The Italianate Garden is located on the west side of the property with the remarkable Manor House overlooking its lush garden beds. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers between 1914 and 1928, this is one of just two Italianate gardens open to the public in Massachusetts. This romantic space is most often home to wedding ceremonies on the property but it is always an option for your cocktail hour too! With six different layouts available, it is sure to fulfill your dreams or an intimate, breathtaking ceremony. This garden has a beautiful bulb display beginning in mid-April and is then transformed into an annual garden with color until the beginning of November.
This beautiful, rustic structure provides the perfect backdrop for the outdoor cocktail reception of your dreams! The Belvedere is conveniently located steps away from Weezie’s whimsical Garden for Children, the sprawling grass paths of the Bressingham Garden and the Maple Grove, ideal for lawn games and lounge furniture. This space allows guests to mingle and explore as they enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in this unrivaled space!
The Garden at Elm Bank contains twelve incredible gardens, all of which are included in your rental for you and your guests to roam and enjoy. We have a combination of both perennial and annual gardens to take advantage of different colors at different times of the year. All of our gardens offer unlimited photo possibilities for parties of any size!
Inclusions and benefits of the Hunnewell Building and seasonal three-season tent:
Beautiful fruitwood chiavari chairs with removable chocolate cushions for up to 250 guests
60” round banquet tables that seat 8-10 guests each
Six and eight foot rectangular tables for catering and vendor needs
Catering prep kitchen
Seasonal coat room
Heating and Air Conditioning (in the Hunnewell Building)
Ample electrical access for both bands and DJs
This venue... I can't say enough about how wonderful The Gardens at Elm Bank was for our late September wedding! Kayleigh and Mary Kate helped us through every little step and were absolutely wonderful. They always had plenty of suggestions in times of being flustered and worked with such patience in important and indecisive moments! The venue itself is stunning as well. I couldn't have asked for a better wedding! (Reviewed On 11/30/2017)
Elm Bank was the backdrop for our most magical wedding this August! My husband and I were looking for a convenient, non-traditional wedding venue that was a bit different from the hotel "cookie cutter" weddings. As foodies, it meant so much to be able to bring in our own caterers and select all aspects of the menu. The gardens were in full bloom for our wedding date and could not have been more beautiful. We were able to rent shuttles to transport our guests from Boston to the venue which worked seamlessly. As the venue is not a traditional wedding space we did have to do a lot on our own including renting a tent, dance floor, tables, table linens and settings, and most definitely could not have done it without the help of our phenomenal wedding planner. If you are looking for a beautiful, non-traditional wedding venue and are willing to put in the extra effort to customize your special day, this is the place for you. (Reviewed On 12/11/2016)
Kayleigh and her team at Elm Bank were great to work with. My husband and I truly felt like we had the entire property available to us as potential ceremony locations on the day of our walk through. Ultimately, we chose the gardens they have advertised for each segment of our special event. The fountain in the Italianate Gardens is a gorgeous location for nuptials. Weezie's Children's Garden has a more playful, relaxed atmosphere, suitable for cocktail hour. Finally, the Carriage House provides a nice balance of laid back yet formal depending on how you've had it set up. If you are looking for a garden wedding with beautiful scenery and helpful staff, this is the place to go. (Reviewed On 8/03/2017)
We just got married in this beautiful venue and I cannot recommend this place enough! Although it is slightly on the pricy side, it is worth every penny if your desire is to be married outdoors. The gardens are truly STUNNING in the summertime. We had an Indian fusion wedding, with the ceremony in the Italianate Garden and the reception inside the carriage house. Our cocktail hour was held in the Children's Garden and we did first look photos in the Bressingham Garden. Each one of these outdoor locations has so much to offer. Our guests could not stop gushing about the beautiful gardens and taking photos of all the horticultural variety. The carriage house does have an attached tent which can be used for larger guests counts, but it was reserved as our backup plan in case of rain. Fortunately, we didn't have to use it! Renting the venue does not come with anything other than tables and chairs, so you'll have to find your own design/catering/lighting companies etc. That being said, they partner with some great companies that we would recommend. Kayleigh and Mary Kate at Elm Bank are marvelous to work with, and they made the day of the wedding so stress-free. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. (Reviewed On 6/26/2017)
Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.