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Please read the details below about holding a private event in the Garden. We first suggest a visit on your own to see the areas described and determine firsthand if one these natural backdrops suits your vision. Contact our Weddings, Private Events, and Venue Rentals to book a guided tour.

wedding tables set up on gazebo lawn


“Couldn’t have asked for a better wedding venue! People are still talking about what a beautiful day we had at the gardens!”

— Lindsay T.  

“We are so happy we had our wedding at the Botanical Gardens. It is a beautiful, natural setting and the staff was extremely helpful and accommodating throughout the process. We look forward to many visits in the future to remember how much fun we had on our wedding day!”

— Anna B.

Bride and grom dance on the dance floor with the wedding party surrounding

“We couldn’t be happier about selecting this beautiful venue for our wedding. Our guests have raved about it, we enjoyed every minute, and our wedding photos turned out quite gorgeous in such a wonderful setting.”

— John M.

“The Garden is an absolutely breathtaking place and we both feel so lucky to have been able to get married there.”

— Hana O.

Event tables set up in greenhouse with plants hanging overhead

“I am still hearing from our friends and family about how much they enjoyed seeing the gardens at our wedding. Several guests were local San Diegans whom had never been to the Garden and plan to return very soon. We knew it was perfect the first time we set foot on the grounds.”

— Megan E.

“Our wedding was an amazing success, and the Garden was the PERFECT venue!”

— Jennifer D.

Bride and Grom walk down the aisle in the Gardens Amphitheatre

“Thank you for having us at your beautiful Garden for our wedding ceremony. All was perfect! We look forward to visiting San Diego Botanic Garden even more!”

— Heather V.

“Our son’s wedding was beautiful and just as memorable as we wanted it to be. We loved the setting in particular and took advantage of every photographic location. Our guests told us again and again how perfect the Garden was for a wedding. And, the groomsmen were very grateful to have lots of places to roam before the ceremony.”

— Cynthia G.



Deposit to Hold a Date
All deposits are non-refundable. A $250 deposit and a signed contract reserve an available daytime ceremony location. A $500 deposit and a signed contract reserve an available daytime ceremony and reception location combination. A $1000 deposit and a signed contract reserve an available evening ceremony and reception or reception. The deposit is applied to your total rental cost. The balance of rental cost including security deposit and insurance if applicable is due 90 days before event date or at time of contract signing if less than 90 days.

All deposits are nonrefundable, cancellations made after the balance of rental cost are paid will be refunded as follows; after removing initial deposit from rental cost any monies already paid will be refunded in full if canceled before 31 days or more prior to event; 15-30 days 50% of those funds; 1-14 days no refund.

Admission and Parking
Fees include parking and admission to the Gardens for the wedding party and guests.

A $250 refundable security deposit is required for all ceremonies. A $500 refundable security deposit is required for all receptions and all evening weddings. A $75 insurance fee is charged if there is not a proof of insurance. Payments are due 3 months prior to the wedding date.

What You Need to Know
To help ensure a pleasant event and to preserve the beauty of the Gardens please keep in mind the following:

  • The garden is open to the public every day until 5 pm.
  • Rice, bird seed, confetti and sparklers my not be used for any reason anywhere in the garden.
  • DJ volume must not exceed Noise Ordinance levels dictated by the City of Encinitas and will be regulated during event.
  • Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere at San Diego Botanic Garden

SDBG offers a list of approved caterers that are familiar with the Gardens, our facilities, rules and regulations.

SDBG offers a list of approved florists that are familiar with the Gardens, our facilities, rules and regulations.