Your love is in full bloom, so why not consider getting hitched among the blooms? Here, we take a stroll through some of America’s best botanical gardens to book for a wedding, from a coastal paradise in Maine to a desert oasis in Arizona.
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Leach Botanical Garden
Where: Portland, OR
What We Love: Located in southeast Portland, this property used to be a private estate and is home to over 2,000 varieties of plant species.
Book It: Rates upon request, leachgarden.org.
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Where: St. Louis, MO
What We Love: With five romantic outdoor ceremony locations, including the Japanese garden that looks out over a 4½-acre lake, it’s easy to find a setting that suits the size and style of your wedding.
Book It: Venue rentals from $750 (ceremony only) to $3,800, missouribotanicalgarden.org.
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Where: Nashville, TN
What We Love: Cheekwood is extremely versatile—you can pick from six outdoor ceremony locations set across 100 acres and four separate reception venues that can seat up to 350 for dinner.
Book It: Venue rentals from $700 (ceremony only) to $8,500, cheekwood.org.
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Where: Brooklyn, NY
What We Love: It is located just steps from the subway, but the Brooklyn Botanic Garden feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Book It: Venue rentals from $450 (ceremony only), bbg.org.
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Where: Phoenix, AZ
What We Love: Couples who prefer succulents to roses should consider this 140-acre garden dedicated to desert flora for their nuptials. Another plus? Phoenix gets less than 10 inches of rain on average per year, so the chance of a downpour on your wedding day is slim.
Book It: Venue rentals from $800 (ceremony only) to $3,800, dbg.org.
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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Where: Columbus, OH
What We Love: Franklin Park has lots of options. If you’d like a formal setting, choose the John F. Wolfe Palm House that was built in 1895 and is home to 43 species of rare palms from around the world. If you’re looking for something a little more rustic, it is opening a new barn venue that can accommodate 250 seated guests for dinner in the fall of 2015.
Book It: Rates upon request, fpconservatory.org.
Where: Dallas, TX
What We Love: A gorgeous location for an intimate wedding ceremony for 60 people, the Rose Mary Haggar Rose Garden has 16 varieties of Hybrid Tea Roses that bloom once in the spring and again in the fall.
Book It: Venue rentals from $275 (ceremony only) to $9,000, dallasarboretum.org.
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Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Where: Boylston, MA
What We Love: The Orangerie, which is packed with subtropical flora in winter months, is freed up in summer, making it an ideal spot for a wedding reception. Not only does it have an arched glass ceiling that lets in light, but it is also inscribed with a Latin phrase that translates to, “If there be heaven on earth, this is it, joy everlasting.” How’s that for romantic?
Book It: Venue rentals from $5,000 to $7,500, towerhillbg.org.
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The Conservatory of Flowers
Where: San Francisco, CA
What We Love: Opened in 1879 in Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory is the oldest wood and glass structure of its kind in North America and is home to hundreds of exotic tropical flowers and plants.
Book It: Venue rentals from $1,250 to $2,500 per hour, conservatoryofflowers.org.
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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Where: Littleton, CO
What We Love: The main Denver Botanic Gardens hosts weddings, but if a rustic vibe is what you are after, the Green Farm Barn at its Chatfield location 20 miles south of downtown is also available.
Book It: Venue rentals from $1,500 to $10,000, botanicgardens.org.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
Where: Chicago, IL
What We Love: An hour north of the city, the Chicago Botanic Garden is located on 385 acres on and around nine islands and has seven beautiful outdoor wedding sites to pick from.
Book It: Venue rentals from $500 to $30,000, chicagobotanic.org.
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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Where: Coral Gables, FL
What We Love: When you book a wedding at Fairchild for a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday event, you receive a membership to the garden at a Fellow’s level ($1,000 value), which includes a behind-the-scenes tour, complimentary admission to Tropical Chihuly Nights, and much more.
Book It: Venue rentals from $600 (ceremony only) to $15,500, fairchildgarden.org.
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Where: Bronx, NY
What We Love: The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden has 83 flower beds that bloom twice a year—in June and September—making it a gorgeous location for a cocktail reception after saying “I do” in front of America’s largest Victorian glasshouse.
Book It: Rates upon request, nybg.org.
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Where: La Cañada Flintridge, CA
What We Love: These 160 acres of gardens and woodlands feel a world away from downtown Los Angeles, just 13 miles south. Choose from a variety of sites, including the Rose Garden, which has over 3,000 blooms, or the tranquil Japanese-style garden with its Full Moon Tea House, built in 1966.
Book It: Venue rentals from $3,600 (ceremony only) to $7,100, descansogardens.org.
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Where: Richmond, VA
What We Love: If you book your ceremony and reception here, you will receive a 50 percent rental discount for your rehearsal dinner on-site.
Book It: Venue rentals from $440 to $4,300, lewisginter.org.
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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Where: Boothbay, ME
What We Love: Opened in 2007, these 270 acres of tidal shorefront an hour’s drive from Portland offer open vistas and tree-covered ones.
Book It: Rates upon request, mainegardens.org.
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Where: Fort Bragg, CA
What We Love: There are eight wedding sites throughout this Northern California property, including a bluff top with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and a formal dahlia garden that is in bloom from July through October.
Book It: Venue rentals from $500 (ceremony only) to $2,450, gardenbythesea.org.
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Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Where: Grand Rapids, MI
What We Love: There are plenty of sites to pick from in this 158-acre sculpture garden, but saying “I do” in front of the 30-foot high waterfall that ends in a koi pond is a particularly beautiful choice.
Book It: Venue rentals from $300 to $6,100, meijergardens.org.