12 Virginia Garden Venues for Your Nuptials

by Marissa Hermanson | Posted: Nov 29, 2017

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An outdoor wedding set in a garden venue has the additional bonus of providing decorative landscapes and natural floral elements. Surrounded by blooms and lush foliage, you won’t need much additional decor, and you can let Mother Nature do all the talking.

 

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Vienna, Virginia | 703-255-3631

Outside of the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens’ 95-acre oasis offers peace and quiet. Throughout the landscaped property, ceremony and reception sites include the Atrium at Meadowlark with a sprawling terrace overlooking the garden, which can accommodate 230 for a sit-down dinner or 300 for a standing cocktail soiree. A gazebo on Lake Caroline can accommodate as many as 120 guests, and the Lilac Pavilion can accommodates 80 seat guests under its pavilion and more than 200 in its neighboring meadow. Created with NOVA Parks and the Korean American Cultural Committee, the Korean Bell Garden is a unique space for nuptials with a pagoda structure and the Bell of Peace and Harmony.

 

River Farm

Alexandria, Virginia

703-768-5700

A stone’s throw from D.C. proper, this Alexandria property is home to the American Horticultural Society and encompasses 25 acres of beautiful land overlooking the Potomac River. Wedding rentals include access to the manicured gardens, rolling meadows, orchard and the first floor of the historic manor. A variety of outdoor sites can accommodate ceremonies, including the lawn and formal gardens. For receptions, the slate terrace overlooking the river can seat up to 160 guests for a sit-down dinner or 200 for a standing cocktail reception. More intimate gatherings of 50 can be held in the ballroom. For wedding favors, be sure to peruse the garden shop.

 

The Market at Grelen

Somerset, Virginia

540-672-7268

Located between Charlottesville and Orange, this 600-acre tree nursery and fruit farm is nestled in Virginia’s rolling countryside with views of the Blue Ride Mountains. For ceremonies, there are terraces, gardens and fields with beautiful backdrops. Cocktail hour can be held in the  greenhouse or potting shed, and dinner and dancing in a meadow under the clear-top tent. The farm can accommodate parties up to 300 — so be sure to invite all your friends and family! With manicured groves, fruit orchards and berry patches, there are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the property. And, if you are looking for a place to bunk after your big bash — the Market at Grelen’s Spotswood Lodge is a five-minute drive from the property.

 

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Henrico, Virginia

804-262-9887

From the Rose Garden to the lush lawn of the Flagler Garden, there are an abundance of bloom-centric places to say “I do” at this botanical garden, which was ranked fourth nationally for its beauty by Condé Nast Traveler. Year-round indoor and outdoor sites are available for celebrations, with the indoors just as lovely as the out. As the leaves turn in autumn, say “I do” in one of the gardens and then enjoy a cozy reception in the Robins Tea House, which is cloistered in an Asian-inspired garden. In early spring, exchange vows among the tulips in the Grace Arents Gardens with a tented outdoor reception next to the historic Bloemendaal House. Menus are created custom for each wedding by the onsite caterer Meriwether Godsey.

 

Tuckahoe Plantation

Richmond, Virginia

804-774-1614

A 30-minute drive from downtown Richmond on the James River, Tuckahoe Plantation is the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson, and the beautifully maintained estate can host weddings with as many as 500 guests. The lawns and gardens of the 18th century plantation provide a beautiful backdrop for ceremonies and receptions. Say “I do” in the gardens and then celebrate with dinner and dancing in a tented reception under the stars. The historic estate provides a fun and interesting place for guests to wander and explore the gardens and historic dwellings.

 

Maymont

Richmond, Virginia

804-358-7166

Richmond businessman James Dooley’s Maymont country estate is now home to a public park and museum that includes elaborate gardens, sprawling grounds, a 1893 Gilded Age mansion, and even a zoo. In the fall, say “I do” among the red-leafed maples in the Japanese Garden with a breathtaking waterfall as your backdrop. And come spring, exchange vows on the terrace in the Italian Garden surrounded by blooms. Indoor facilities include the rustic 1908 Stone Barn with granite and stone architectural details, the nature and visitor centers, along with Garden Hall. For additional wedding fun, be sure to book a romantic post-ceremony carriage ride for you and your beau, and tours of the historic mansion for your guests!

 

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Norfolk, Virginia

757-441-5830

Just a quick 25-minute drive from downtown Norfolk, this botanical garden is located on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Whitehurst. With 13 outdoor sites to choose from — a rustic picnic shelter for an intimate party or an elegant lawn ceremony with 3,000 rose bushes — there are plenty of picturesque sites to choose from for your nuptials, depending on size and theme. You also can pair your outdoor ceremony with an indoor reception at the Rose Garden Hall, Baker Hall in the Visitor’s Center or cute Garden Cafe. Couples can select a catering company through the botanical garden’s exclusive catering list.

 

Monticello

Charlottesville, Virginia

434-984-9821

While forefather Thomas Jefferson’s mountaintop home Monticello speaks to his love of the great outdoors and farming with flower, vegetable and fruit gardens. While you can book your ceremony and reception at Montalto — “high mountain” house and gardens — and the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello also offers up its gardens for al fresco rehearsal dinners and Sunday brunches. As an added wedding bonus, you can book a private tour of Monticello, its dome room, and gardens for family and friends, tailored to your interests.

 

The Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum

Lynchburg, Virginia

434-845-1313

The kids and I spent a large part of our summer in #charlottesville this year. 🚗 While there, we snuck away to Lynchburg and got a quick tour of Anne Spencer's garden. 🌱 Spencer was one of the first noted African American poets. She was a teacher, librarian, mother and also, a gardener. 🤗 She named her garden Edankraal, using the Afrikaans word for 'enclosure.' 🌿 Anne was known to lose herself in her garden which was the inspiration for most of her writing. ✏️ As I walked through Anne's garden, it was Anne who seemed superior to me, not the other way around. I felt admiration for this wife and mother who found hope and beauty in the midst of trial right in her own backyard. 🌿 So, here's to Anne and our beloved Charlottesville and a future where we all can garden together. 🌿 Happy Thursday friends!

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One of Virginia’s best-kept garden secrets, this oasis tucked in the City of Lynchburg is a real gem with its quaint historic Queen Anne-style home and beautiful garden. Part of Lynchburg’s Pierce Street Renaissance Historic District, the home belonged to the African American poet and civil rights activist Anne Spencer, who also was an avid gardener. The garden, which can accommodate as many as 150 guests, encompasses a vibrant robin’s egg blue arbor and pergola, plantings, pond and Spencer’s quaint writing cottage, where she sought refuge and wrote so many of her inspirational poems. In the late 1980s, the garden was resorted by the Hillside Garden Club to echo its 1930s heyday, and includes original flowers and shrubs that Spencer planted herself.

 

Pharsalia

Tyro, Virginia

434-277-5231

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You can have your flowers, and the whole fresh-cut flower farm too! Located among the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains in Nelson County’s fertile Tye River Valley, the family-owned farm Pharsalia is a little slice of heaven on earth with a historic 1814 plantation home, beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens, pool, vineyard and orchard. Choose from the many outdoor sites for your ceremony, and then during happy hour, friends and family can sip cocktails, wander the grounds, and tour the historic plantation house. The property can accommodate up to 200 guests for al fresco celebrations, and during the winter smaller intimate ceremonies and receptions can be held inside the home. Prior to the wedding, the bridal party is welcome to make floral arrangements with flowers grown on the farm, and enjoy swimming in the pool.

 

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Staunton, Virginia

540-885-0897

An ideal venue for history buffs, the birthplace of the 28th U.S. president includes Woodrow Wilson’s resorted Greek Revival mansion, a 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine, terraced gardens, along with an array of historic exhibits. The garden can accommodate 150 guests while the terrace holds 100 and Don Wilson Hall in the Library and Research Center is available for smaller gatherings of 50. Originally designed by Charles Gillette in 1933, the mansion’s manicured gardens include two terraces, boxwood perimeters, bowknot beds, meandering paths, and fragrant flowers like lilacs. The wedding package includes photography in the historic garden, and setup of 150 folding plastic chairs, and as a gift to the newlyweds, membership in the League of Friends at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.

 

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Harrisonburg, Virginia

540-568-3194

James Madison University’s arboretum and botanical gardens is located conveniently on campus and offers a picture-perfect landscape for your soiree. The 125-acre nature preserve is home to native and nonnative plantings, an oak-hickory forest, flower gardens, a wetland garden, along with a pond. There are a variety of outdoor sites on the property for “I dos” — a pavilion for a ceremony of 50 and the large lawn for as many as 250 guests. For dinner and dancing choose from a tented reception on the grounds or an indoor celebration at the Frances Plecker Education Center. Catering is booked exclusively through JMU Catering and Events.

 

 

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Thanks for including us in this listing!

rick ceppi says:

Khimaira Farm, Luray

Kelly Holzer says:

Katie Stoops is the photographer for the first picture you have posted! I’m in the picture and wanted to give her credit. Thanks!

Thanks so much for including P&J in this piece! We’re thrilled to be part of this wonderful round-up of venues and vendors. The Montalto wedding is still one of our favorite ones to date!