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.
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.
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?
Friday & Sunday:
- Indoor Reception only is $3,500 (7-hour rental)
- Ceremony + Reception is $4,500–5,000 (depending on the length: 8- or 10-hour rental)
- Indoor Reception only is $5,000 (7-hour rental)
- Ceremony + Reception is $6,000 (10-hour rental)
Friday & Sunday:
- Indoor Reception only is $3,000 (7-hour rental)
- Ceremony + Reception is $3,500–4,000 (depending on the length: 8- or 10-hour rental)
- Indoor Reception only is $4,000 (7-hour rental)
- Ceremony + Reception rental is $5,000 (10-hour rental)
- $1,200/event and up
- Ceremony fee varies depending on:
- Day of week
Weekdays (Monday–Thursday) are $1,200 and weekends (Friday–Sunday) are $2,000. The ceremony rental is for 3 hours; weekend availability is 9am–12pm only.
|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.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- Late Night
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
$ • $$
Year-round: Sunday–Thursday, 9am–10pm; Friday–Saturday, 9am–midnight.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- Conference Center
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Fountain / Water Feature
- Lagoon / Pond
- Landscaped Grounds
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
But take note of the following limitations!
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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