The Gardens at Heather Farm 1540 Marchbanks Drive • Walnut Creek • CA 94598


The Gardens at Heather Farm

1540 Marchbanks Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Why You'll Love This Place

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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.

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Deals

All 2022 weekend dates have been claimed but we would love to host your event in 2023! Inquire now and claim your date!


Book a Friday or Sunday Wedding and Save up to $1,500!
Skipping Saturday and opting instead for a Friday or Sunday celebration can help stretch your wedding budget—and you'll have $1,000–1,500 to spare! Same venue, same experience, same flowers! Contact the venue for more info.


Weekday Special
Don’t want a 7 to 10-hour rental, but still want the gorgeous garden? Host your wedding ceremony or wedding reception on a weekday! The rental fee Monday–Thursday, YEAR-ROUND, is $300–400/hour per space (with a 3–4 hour minimum, depending on the space reserved).

Prices: What's this going to cost?


Rental Fee
  • APRIL–OCTOBER
    Friday & Sunday:

    • Indoor Reception only is $3,000 (7-hour rental)
    • Ceremony + Reception is $4,000–4,500 (depending on the length: 8- or 10-hour rental)

    Saturday:

    • Indoor Reception only is $4,500 (7-hour rental)
    • Ceremony + Reception is $5,500 (10-hour rental)

    NOVEMBER–MARCH
    Friday & Sunday:

    • Indoor Reception only is $2,500 (7-hour rental)
    • Ceremony + Reception is $3,000–3,500 (depending on the length: 8- or 10-hour rental)

    Saturday:

    • Indoor Reception only is $3,500 (7-hour rental)
    • Ceremony + Reception rental is $4,500 (10-hour rental)
Ceremony Fee
  • $900/event and up
  • Ceremony fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
  • Weekdays (Monday–Thursday) are $900 and weekends (Friday–Sunday) are $1,500. The ceremony rental is for 3 hours; weekend availability is 9am–noon only.

Capacity

Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 150 150
Cocktails, etc. Standing 150 150
Reception Seated 150 150
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 150.

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

EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The venue can host up 150 seated guests. They offer customized floor plans that accommodate dining, dancing, and meetings, as well as cocktail receptions and company mixers.


Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info

Price

$ • $$

Catering

Preferred list
BYO

Alcohol

BYO

Amplified Music

Indoors

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible

Availability

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

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Conference Center
  • Garden
  • Museum
  • Non-Profit
  • Park
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Mountains
  • Panoramic

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: select from list
Kitchen Facilities: moderately equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided, including chairs for a ceremony; BYO for outdoor parties
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
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

Restrictions

But take note of the following limitations!

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


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