The Gardens at Heather Farm

Walnut Creek Wedding Venue
1540 Marchbanks Drive
Walnut Creek, California 94598

Contact: Facility Rentals
Phone: 925/947-1678
www.gardenshf.org
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WEDDING SALE! SAVE 15% ON FRI & SUN 2017 BOOKINGS!
Host your ceremony and reception on any available Friday or Sunday in 2017 and receive 15% off the venue rental fee. Offer applies to new bookings only and expires 9/30/16.

Why We Like This Place

Natural. Beautiful. Versatile. The Gardens at Heather Farm spreads out over six landscaped acres full of colorful flowerbeds, herb and rock gardens and water features, and offers a variety of distinctive indoor and outdoor event spaces. Not surprisingly, it's one of the East Bay's most sought-after venues for weddings, parties, meetings, seminars, and other special occasions.

For a truly romantic ceremony, exchange vows at the Gazebo, designed with a unique, slate-tile roof and enhanced by climbing roses. The setting here is absolutely picture-perfect: The adjacent garden blooms continuously from spring through fall with thousands of vibrant roses that perfume the air, and the neighboring lake and fountains sparkle in the background.

Another option for saying "I do"—as well as hosting an al fresco reception, cocktail hour or luncheon—is the Meadow Lawn. This open, grass area is surrounded by Rugosa roses, pine trees and low shrubs and affords a lovely panoramic vista of the entire garden.

Cocktail hours and small receptions also take place at the Patio & Pavilion, a large terraced area bordered by a raised garden brimming with flowers and herbaceous plants. Custom-made for enjoying the outdoors, it comes with a caterer-friendly bar and granite-topped counter for serving appetizers and drinks, and a patio that accommodates table seating or dancing.

Indoor receptions are held in the bright and airy Camellia Room, featuring a beamed ceiling, hardwood floors (ideal for dancing) and large windows that bathe the room in natural light. You can personalize the space with decorative lights, draperies, lanterns or flowers … or simply appreciate the gorgeous garden views. There's an adjacent bridal dressing room, plus a spacious wraparound deck that lets guests soak up the scenery and can also be used for food & beverage service.

These lush gardens will stimulate all your senses, and when you have your event here you get the added bonus of supporting a nonprofit public garden and nature education center.

Capacity

Ceremony

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 150

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 150
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 300

Meetings

  • Max. Seated: 150

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site holds 150 seated guests indoors or outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The facility accommodates 150 seated guests for dining. They offer customized floor plans that include dining, dancing and auditorium styles as well as standing formats for cocktail receptions, special events or company mixers. Some larger groups may be accommodated with custom floor plans utilizing their outdoor areas and wraparound deck.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

A nonrefundable deposit of 50% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date; an $800 security deposit and the balance of the rental fee are due 6 months prior to the event. The weekday rental fee, Monday–Thursday, ranges $150–200/hour with a 4-hour minimum (off-peak season) or 6-hour minimum (peak season). The rental fee Friday–Sunday and holidays ranges $1,800–4,200 depending on the space rented and time of year. A garden ceremony setup on its own is $800. Extra hours are available for an additional fee, extra setup fees may apply.

Location Uses

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

Services/Amenities

Catering: select from list
Kitchen Facilities: moderately equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided, including chairs for a ceremony
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride's Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: podium, projection screen
Parking: complimentary lot and on-street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes, on deck and patio
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BYO BBQ
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: gardens, Mt. Diablo and pond


Site Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Garden
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Lagoon/Pond
Landscaped Grounds
Mountains
Panoramic

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Conference Center
Garden
Museum
Park

Restrictions

Alcohol: BYO
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK indoors only
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: proof of liability insurance required
Other: no confetti, rice, birdseed, flower petals, sparklers, or balloon releases


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Some Essential Info
Price $$
Catering

Choose From List

Alcohol

BYO

Amplified Music

Indoors

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible

Availability
Year-round, daily. Sunday–Thursday, 9am–10pm; Friday–Saturday, 9am–midnight.