Great opportunity! New wedding date opening! Saturday, June 24th, 2-4pm. Ceremony only, for up to 200 guests.

Please email GardenRentals@berkeley.edu if you’re interested!  

Host Your Special Event At The UC Botanical Garden

Proceeds help keep the Garden green and support conservation and education programs

Currently Booking 2017 Rental Dates
2018 Rental Bookings Begin May 1, 2017

The 34 acres of the UC Botanical Garden is located in the hills above UC Berkeley, nestled in Strawberry Canyon and overlooking the San Francisco Bay. The Garden is home to over 12,000 different kinds of plants, including many rare and endangered species.

Among all the natural splendor of this living museum are several lovely sites for a celebration. With beautiful landscapes, a majestic Redwood Grove, and proximity to Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek and San Francisco, the Garden is a favorite location for all types of events. We invite you to take a tour of the facilities through our slideshow, as well as a personal tour.

Stephen J. Mather Redwood Grove and Amphitheatre

Beloved by brides, the Garden’s Stephen T. Mather Redwood Grove provides an enchanting setting for weddings. Coast redwoods, (Sequoia sempervirens), planted in the 1930’s, tower above a lush forest floor of companion native California plantings.

The centerpiece of the grove is the intimate Townsend Amphitheatre, the setting for forest fantasy weddings. The bridal party glides under the towering redwood canopy to meet the gathered guests at the amphitheatre and solemnize their union in this magnificent cathedral of redwoods.

Capacity

Capacity is 200 guests.

See parking guidelines in the “Package Info” section.

Amenities

  • Seat cushions
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Renters/musicians to supply sound systems


Julia Morgan Hall

The newest addition to the Garden is our oldest building. Designed by Julia Morgan in 1911 as  a social center for the senior women class, this building has been lovingly restored to it’s original grandeur and brought up to modern codes for full  ADA compliance. With a gas fireplace, air conditioning, internal restrooms and kitchen, the warmth of old redwood creates a special atmosphere that is perfect for all kinds of special events. The 20 ft wide deck overlaps the native California plant collection of the Garden with broad vistas.

Learn more about Julia Morgan Hall HERE

Amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Decorative deck lighting
  • Gas fireplace
  • Free wooden chairs, round & rectangular tables included with rental
  • Outside wooden deck with umbrellas
  • Free projection screen and speakers (with podium and microphone) are available
  • Free Wi-Fi on high speed internet
  • Two internal restrooms


Conference Center

Inside the Conference Center are two adjoining rooms, the Mirov and the smaller Ornduff. Each has greenhouse windows that let the sunshine in, as well as showcase the surrounding greenery. You might host your banquet in the Mirov, then do the cake cutting in the Ornduff and dance on the Terrace. Or during the cooler months, begin in the Ornduff for cocktails, then move into Mirov for your reception. The secluded site (with no neighbors to disturb) is perfect for dancing late into the night.

Amenities

  • Two kitchenettes
  • Decorative terrace lighting
  • Free Conference Center chairs, round & rectangular tables included with rental
  • Conference Center Terrace umbrellas
  • Free projection screen is available in the Mirov Room.
  • Free podium and microphone
  • Free Wi-Fi and high speed internet


The Garden of Old Roses

Situated high on the east slope of the Garden with dramatic views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge, the Garden of Old Roses is a storybook wedding or venue. Glorious rose cultivars from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and modern roses, are under-planted with many complementary flowering annuals and perennials.

Arrive at the site under a canopy of seasonal roses cascading over the beams of a quaint wooden pergola. Rough-hewn steps climb up a terraced knoll, resplendent with a mix of lavender, dahlias and antique roses. The steps arrive at a terrace where family and friends gather for intimate wedding nuptials in an unforgettable rose bower.


Event Packages

Event Packages Include:

  • Rental monitor
  • Security monitor
  • Amphitheater seat cushions
  • Dressing room
  • Rehearsal time (upon availability)
  • Chair, table, umbrella use at reception venue and set-up
  • Access to the Garden for wedding photos
  • Garden admission for wedding/reception guests (day-of)
  • One year Family Membership for the married couple

Required, but not included:

  • $750 rental deposit; refundable upon successful rental; non-refundable if renter cancels
  • Event liability Insurance (the Rental Coordinator will guide you through this process)
  • UC reserved parking (the Rental Coordinator will submit your reserved parking request, payable in advance)

Additional rental details:

  • Balance due one month after the contract is signed
  • If available, the Garden will hold a date for 48 hours with no deposit
  • Deposit for hourly rental is 50% of the final agreed upon price
  • Amplified music is allowed after 5pm; a sound system is not provided

Meeting Packages

Meeting Packages Include:

  • Rental monitor
  • Chair, table, umbrella use at meeting venue and set-up
  • Access to the Garden (daytime only)
  • Garden admission for meeting attendees (day-of)
  • Projection screen at the meeting venue (projector provided by renter or available through ETS)
  • iPod/MP3 jack available at the Julia Morgan Hall (not available at the Conference Center)
  • Use of speakers at Julia Morgan Hall (not available for the Conference Center)
  • Podium/lectern, microphone, projector stand at the meeting venue
  • Wi-Fi and high speed internet at the meeting venue (secured in advance)

Required, but not included:

  • $250 rental deposit; refundable upon successful rental; non-refundable if renter cancels
  • Event liability Insurance (the Rental Coordinator will guide you through this process)
  • UC reserved parking (the Rental Coordinator will submit your reserved parking request, payable in advance)

Additional rental details:

  • Balance due one month after the contract is signed
  • If available, the Garden will hold a date for 48 hours with no deposit
  • Additional A/V services available for a fee depending on needs
  • Amplified music is not allowed for daytime rentals

Audio & Visual Details

Audio & Visual Details

  • Projection screen at the reception venue (projector provided by renter)
  • Podium and microphone at the reception venue (amplified music system not available)
  • Wi-Fi and high speed internet at the reception venue (secured in advance)
  • Amplified music is allowed after 5pm; a sound system is not provided

Parking

The University of California, Berkeley owns and operates the parking lot adjacent to the Garden and sets all fees.

  • Between the hours of 9am and 5pm, while the Garden is open, we can offer clients to reserve and utilize up to 15 parking spaces at our Garden. Groups requiring more parking may either reserve parking at the Lawrence Hall of Science (.6 miles away) or arrange off-site parking elsewhere, and then shuttle guests to/from the Garden.
  • Events beginning at 5pm and later may reserve and utilize the entire parking lot (71 spaces) at prevailing UC rates.
  • An additional fee for UC parking attendants may be required in some cases.
  • The Rental Coordinator will reserve your on-site parking. Parking reservations must be paid in advance of event date.
  • The Rental Coordinator has more detailed parking information, including current parking rates, available upon request.

Download Rate Sheet – Rates may change anytime without notice.

Event Packages

Wedding Event Package:

Location

Saturday – Sunday

Monday – Friday

Ceremony: Redwood Grove or Garden of Old Roses
Reception: Conference Center
Evening Ceremony & Reception
$5,600 $4,600
Ceremony: Redwood Grove or Garden of Old Roses
Reception: Julia Morgan Hall
Evening Ceremony & Reception
$6,100 $5,400
Ceremony only: Redwood Grove
2 hour Daytime Ceremony
$3,000 $2,200
Ceremony only: Garden of Old Roses
2 hour Daytime Ceremony
$1,200 $1,100

May be added to evening weddings:

Tour Deck $300   
Entrance Plaza $300

Evening Reception Package (4-hour, non-wedding):

Location

Saturday – Sunday

Monday – Friday

Julia Morgan Hall $2,200 $1,600
Conference Center $1,800 $1,000

May add up to 2 additional hours:

Julia Morgan Hall $400/hour 
Conference Center $300/hour

Daytime Meeting Package (4-hour minimum):

Location

Saturday – Sunday

Monday – Friday

Julia Morgan Hall $300/hr $250/hr    
Conference Center $200/hr $150/hr  

Memorial Package:

For evening memorials in the Julia Morgan Hall or Conference Center, please see the Evening Reception Package pricing.

For daytime memorials in the Julia Morgan Hall or Conference Center, please see the Daytime Meeting Package pricing.

Outdoor Memorial Venues (2-hour, daytime only):

Location

Saturday – Sunday

Monday – Friday

Redwood Grove $1,500 $1,100
Garden of Old Roses $1,000 $800

Note: Redwood Grove memorials include a rental monitor and amphitheater seat cushions. Garden of Old Roses memorials include a rental monitor; renter provides own chairs, if needed.

Capacity

Conference Center 103      
Julia Morgan Hall 82
Redwood Grove 200
Garden of Old Roses 82
Tour Deck 103
Entrance Plaza 103
Mirov Room only 72

Note: November – March: Use of the Julia Morgan Hall and the Conference Center limited to 72 people indoors (due to potential for inclement weather)

We are pleased to offer this approved caterer list. Self-catering is not permitted.

*Renter must provide insured catering service staff when using Ann’s Catering-no self catering allowed.

FAQ – All Rentals

Will you hold dates?

We can hold a date for 48 hours without a deposit. Thereafter a deposit and a signed contract are needed.

How many tables and chairs do you have?

Julia Morgan Hall Inventory

  • Round Tables (60″ circumference, 29″ standing height): 12 available
  • Rectangular Tables (6ft long, 2.5 ft wide, 29″ standing height): 10 available
  • Small Rectangular Tables (4ft long, 2ft wide, 29″ standing height): 2 available
  • Patio Umbrellas: 4 available
  •  Corded Microphone: 1 available
  • Projector Stand: 1 available
  • Chairs: 82
  • Catering Tent: 1 available

The venue is also equipped with a projector screen, 110v outlets, and a gas fireplace.

Conference Center Inventory

  • Round Tables (60″ circumference, 29″ standing height): 10 available
  • Rectangular Tables (6ft long, 2.5 ft wide, 29″ standing height): 13 available
  • Small Rectangular Tables (4ft long, 2ft wide, 29″ standing height): 2 available
  • Patio Umbrellas: 6 available
  • Microphone: 1 available
  • Podium: 1 available
  • Chairs: 103

The venue is also equipped with a projector screen and 110v outlets.

What does a rental monitor do?

A rental monitor makes sure your rental goes smoothly. They check in with your caterer every half hour, post event signs, unlock the changing room, help to direct guests to your event and to the restrooms, direct deliveries in and out of the Garden, etc.

May we use candles and heaters?

Votive and tealight candles are permitted indoors at the Conference Center only. Candles or fire of any sort are not permitted outdoors in the main Garden, at the Julia Morgan Hall, or in the Redwood Grove. Outdoor propane heaters are allowed by special arrangement with the Rental Coordinator.

What kinds of decorations are not permitted?

No hanging of any materials on trees, light cables, walls, ceilings.  Renters must use hooks in JMH for all hanging materials.

Battery operated LED lights/lanterns ONLY.  NO flame, sparklers, embers, or candles (votives and tealight candles OK inside Conference Center).

No balloons, carpets/runners on paths/stairs, or posting of signs. Pets and animals, the release of birds or butterflies, use of rice, confetti, poppers, fake flower petals, or any other littering of materials also strictly prohibited. This includes ALL facilities and the parking lot. Client’s security deposit will be withheld for use of prohibited items.

NOTE: Real flower petals are only allowed in the paved area of the Redwood Grove amphitheatre. ALL PETALS MUST BE REMOVED by the end of rental period.

May we have amplified music?

Amplified music, DJ or live, is permitted anytime indoors and after 5pm outdoors. The Redwood Grove has two outlets located at the base of the amphitheater, and music is permitted for all Grove rentals.

May I use my own caterer?

You must choose from our list of approved caterers.

Do you allow alcohol in your venues?

All rental clients  of our Julia Morgan Hall, Conference Center, Tour Deck, and Entrance Plaza may bring in beer, wine, and liquor. This can be secured through either your caterer or any retailer.

No alcohol is permitted in the Redwood Grove or Garden of Old Roses.

Are my guests allowed to explore the Garden during my event?

Yes, guests may walk around the Garden during regular open hours, which are 9am-5pm. After hours your guests must stay within the vicinity of the rented venue. Children must be supervised at all times.

Are pets allowed in the Garden?

No pets are allowed in the main Garden or Redwood Grove at any time.

What kind of parking arrangements do you offer?

Advanced parking arrangements are necessary to assure sufficient spaces for your guests. We are happy to place your reserved parking order with the UC Special Event Parking Office. They will generate an invoice of event parking fees for you, payable in advance. Please ask the Rental Coordinator for current UC event parking fees.

What does venue clean-up entail?

The renter is responsible for removal of all items brought in with them, as well as disposal of all trash/recycling generated by their guests.  

If applicable, your caterer is responsible for removal of catering-related trash/recycling.

All venues must be left as you found them.

May we or our vendors drop off, decorate, etc. early or pick up items later than our contracted rental period?

Unfortunately, our full calendar of rentals and other Garden events make it impossible for the Garden to accommodate these special requests.

Anything else we should keep in mind as we plan our event?

Please remember: The UC Botanical Garden is a living museum. In order to protect our priceless collection, stay on Garden paths. Do not enter the plant beds, remove anything from the plant beds, or disturb the contents of the plant beds at any point (including when taking photos).

No smoking is allowed anywhere in the main Garden or the Redwood Grove.

Ice must never be dumped into a plant bed.

As our client, you will take full responsibility for the actions of your guests and vendors. For this reason, it is imperative to communicate Garden policies to everyone during the planning of your event.

FAQ – Meetings + Non-wedding Events

What is the minimum rental period?

Daytime and evening events in the Julia Morgan Hall and Conference Center must be rented for a minimum of four hours per event.

When must our event end?

All events must end an hour before the end of the rental period. The last hour of each rental is reserved for clean-up of the venue.

FAQ – Weddings

Can we customize the length of our rental period?

In order to maximize the number of events we can offer our clients, we have specific time slots in place that vary depending on the time of year and sunset times. These rental times are not amendable.

In summer months (April thru mid-October), we offer daytime ceremony-only wedding packages in either our 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm time slots. Evening wedding packages, which include ceremony and reception, occur from 5pm-12am.

In winter months (mid-October thru March), we offer daytime ceremony-only wedding packages in either our 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm time slots. Evening wedding packages, which include ceremony and reception, occur from 4pm-11pm.

When must our event end?

Daytime wedding ceremonies must wrap up, with all guests exiting and all decorations taken down, by the end of contracted rental period.

Evening wedding receptions must end an hour before the end of the rental period, with the last hour being reserved solely for clean-up of the reception venue. This would be 11pm for weddings taking place in our 5pm-12am time slot; 10pm for weddings taking place in our 4pm-11pm time slot.

When can we schedule our wedding rehearsal?

Please reach out to us two months prior to your wedding date to schedule your rehearsal.

We encourage you to visit the Garden and meet with our Rental Coordinator. The Garden is open daily, including weekends from 9 am until 5 pm.

To check availability, schedule a facility tour, make reservations, or ask questions please contact:

Rental Coordinator
Christine Jegan
Phone: 510-642-3352
Fax: (510) 642-5045
Email: gardenrentals@berkeley.edu

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