Hold your dream garden party at one of these verdant venues.
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Whether you're the mother of the bride-to-be, her maid of honor, or one of a group of bridesmaids tasked with planning the bridal shower, one of the first to-dos on your list will be choosing a date and selecting the venue. While her childhood backyard, favorite restaurant, or a cozy café are all nice options, we think a spring or summer celebration calls for a more seasonal party space. Our current favorite choice? A botanical garden. If you agree that a gorgeous green space packed with plenty of flora is just what your bride would want, you're in luck. We asked our friends at the Venue Report to help us curate a list of the most exceptionally beautiful botanical gardens for a bridal shower, and their final list does not disappoint.
As it turns out, there are a numbrt of different botanical gardens that host events all over the country, and you might be surprised to learn just how different each one looks. Is your bride a city slicker who lives for skyline views, there are two venues to bookmark: The first is a penthouse greenhouse located in Los Angeles, while the second is a rooftop green space overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. If a more authentic botanical garden feel is what you think she'd be happiest with, consider Michigan's Planterra Conservatory, where guests will dine and play games while surrounded by rare plants, flowers, and trees. There's also the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pennsylvania, which is the country's oldest and largest Victorian greenhouse.
No matter which botanical garden you choose, one things is all but guaranteed: The bride you're showering is in for one incredibly breathtaking celebration.
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Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan
This all-glass conservatory is perfect for any bride who has a lot of family and friends: It's able to accommodate up to 200 guests. Filled with rare and beautiful plants, trees, and flowers, Planterra Conservatory offers views from day-to-night like you've never experienced with an "indoor" venue before.
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Terrain at Styers Glen Mills in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
We'll start by staying Terrain is owned by Anthropologie so you know the design and grounds will be unparalleled. Comprised of a nursery, café, and historic buildings, the ever changing gardens and interiors offer a different experience for each celebration hosted here—bridal showers included.
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Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago, Illinois
Available for bridal showers all year long, the Chicago Botanic Garden is filled with enchanting grounds, peaceful lakes, and native woodlands. Host a seated spring luncheon under the floral canopied Mcginley Pavilion or an intimate cocktail party in the English Walled Garden.
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If you're going for "iconic" for your bridal shower, 620 Loft & Garden is your spot. Overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral, this rooftop garden is the perfect setting for a tea party shower in the heart of New York City. Besides the stunning city views all around the venue, you'll also find that a historic manicured garden, sparkling pool, and a fountain are all part of the stunning space.
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Los Angeles ladies, this rooftop greenhouse is a serious treasure to host your bridal shower in. Situated next to the rooftop pool at The LINE hotel, Openaire is a restaurant filled with beautiful furniture, cascading plants, and lots of light. Led by a two-star Michelin Chef, you can have full faith in Openaire for your bridal shower brunch.
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A secret garden tucked away in the southern part of Orange County? Sign us up. This outdoor rose garden and 18-foot-tall living walled venue makes a stunning bridal shower location right in the heart of charming downtown San Juan Capistrano. Celebrate the bride under a canopy of twinkle lights and surrounded by lush foliage year round.
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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
We love a classic glass greenhouse, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is one of the best. As one of the nation's oldest and largest Victorian greenhouses, you'll find a formal French garden, the 1893 glass-enclosed space, and a tropical palm court all onsite. Host a bridal luncheon in the interior room of the conservatory for a proper Mrs.-to-be celebration.
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The Greenhouse at Driftwood in Driftwood, Texas
You'll transport the bride and her guests to the tropics when you plan an event at The Greenhouse at Driftwood, where giant palms and cacti fill the stunning greenhouse. Shower the bride-to-be in the heart of Texas Hill Country immersed in the lush foliage of a faraway land. This venue has several celebration locations and the expertise to throw the shower of the century.
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The Foundry in Long Island City, New York
This vine covered, indoor-outdoor space in the heart of Long Island City used to be a steel foundry in the early 1900s. Now, The Foundry is one of New York's most sought after venues for parties of all kinds. Find a greenhouse, courtyard, and terrace as this historical beauty overlooking the Manhattan skyline.
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Cator Woolford Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia
One of the last intact historic estates in Atlanta, Cator Woolford Gardens sit on 39 acres of forest complete with an indoor Atrium space. The gardens are a welcome escape from the bustling city surrounds. The real show stopper here is Cator Woolford's original mansion and grand Italian staircase—a perfect photo backdrop for your party.