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Marin Art and Garden Center

Ross Wedding Venue
30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Ross, California 94957

Contact: Event Coordinator
Phone: 415/454-1301
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Why We Like This Place

The Marin Art & Garden Center, an 11-acre historic estate in the exclusive town of Ross, is a dream come true for anyone seeking exquisitely landscaped gardens and a serene, private atmosphere. Within these lush grounds are various indoor and outdoor sites available for weddings, parties, celebrations of life, meetings, workshops and other special events.

The Livermore Pavilion is a wonderful venue for large events. Spacious and airy, it offers an uninterrupted view of the gardens through a wall of windows. Rustic stone gas-jet fireplaces add warmth both inside the room and on the adjoining deck, which is shaded by an attractive awning. The Pavilion is air-conditioned and can be divided into two smaller spaces, making it ideal for corporate meetings. Two A/V screens are available on request.

The inviting Garden Room opens to an expansive garden area. When the weather is warm, you won’t be able to resist having your event outside. The garden is enclosed by ivy-covered walls, live oaks, redwoods and Japanese maples. Below these trees, huge mossy boulders, heavenly bamboo and flourishing shrubs heighten the woodsy atmosphere. Buffet service or a string quartet can be set up on a slightly raised area, shaded by redwoods. Evening events are made magical by soft lighting and the twinkling stars overhead.

For couples getting married at the center, the grounds offer a host of appealing ceremony sites. The Fountain area is perfect for an outdoor ceremony, reception or party. Here, a large fountain pool sends its glittering spray into the air. A floral rainbow of daylilies, blue catnip, verbena, Santa Barbara daisies and iris blooms around the fountain, all enclosed by an aggregate-concrete path. On one side, a forest of mature elms, Lombardy poplars, deodar cedars and honey locusts forms a backdrop behind a curving wooden bench beneath a pergola. Other spots for ceremonies include the Magnolia Tree Lawn and the Gazebo Lawn, a broad swath of velvety grass graced by a rare dawn redwood, elm and horse chestnut trees.

Though its fabulous gardens and tranquil atmosphere make the Marin Art & Garden Center seem a world away, it’s centrally located near Highway 101 and only 20 minutes from San Francisco. When you have your event here, you not only have a chance to “get away from it all,” you also experience a little piece of Paradise close to home.

To contact Marin Art and Garden Center by mail, the address is PO Box 437, Ross, CA 94957.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 300
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 200
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 300
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 300


  • Max. Seated: 225

CEREMONY CAPACITY: Indoor and outdoor spaces can seat 300+ guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The center can accommodate 200 seated indoors, or 300 seated or standing guests outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Livermore Pavilion holds 200+ guests seated classroom-style or 225 guests theater-style and the Garden Room seats 80 guests theater-style.

Fees & Deposits

Half of the total rental fee is required to secure your date; the rental balance and a $500 refundable cleaning/security deposit are due 1 month prior to the function. Rental fees range $4,500–6,400 depending on space selected. A buyout wedding package is $8,000 which guarantees full exclusivity on the day of your wedding.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: select from preferred list only
Kitchen Facilities: ample, fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided, no extra fee
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: sound systems, A/V screens, internet
Parking: large lot and on street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: yes, on asphalt only
Cleanup: through caterer or renter
View: gardens, pond, hills, Mt. Tamalpias
Other: security guard CBA, Chiavari chairs mics, wireless ($4/chair)

Site Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility


Alcohol: BYO, must use licensed server
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Other: no rice or birdseed; decorations restricted

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Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, weekends, 8am–10pm at the Livermore Pavilion and in the Garden Room.

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