Center for Urban Horticulture




University of Washington alumni and non-alums alike will rejoice at the opportunity to wed in one of the jewels of University of Washington’s Botanic Gardens. Surrounded by 16 acres of gardens and the 74-acre Union Bay Natural Area, the Center for Urban Horticulture offers an unparalleled venue in the heart of Seattle. Featuring comfortable indoor spaces, ample parking, and beautiful, park-like surroundings, the Center is a great place to get away from urban stresses without being forced to leave the convenience of the city on your special day. Envision your outdoor ceremony in our picturesque Goodfellow Grove. After the ceremony, the newlyweds can sneak off to take their intimate wedding portraits in the high grasses that surround the property, while guests mingle in the grove of trees or main courtyard for happy hour. Picture your entire reception outdoors in the courtyard and covered structures or celebrate indoors in our Northwest Horticultural Society (NHS) Hall.

Venue Style

Banquet Hall/Restaurant, Event Center, Park/Garden, Outdoor


Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Outdoor Ceremony: 300 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 200 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 300 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 2:00PM. Events must end by Midnight.

Rental Fees

2018 rates: The rental fee is $3,900 for a reception and includes 9 hours of event time including set up and clean up time. With rental fee you get entire space, Indoor and outdoor. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $175/hr

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Center for Urban Horticulture is estimated at between $5,945 and $11,933 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


BYO, Choose from List



Amenities Included

Wedding planning services
Bride's dressing area
Tables and chairs provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
Full kitchen facilities
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 11:00PM
No open flames