Garden Wedding Rentals

Three-hour minimum is required

Honey’s Garden

(Maximum 100 people seated and 50  standing)

. . . is just a short walk down the hill from the Ranch House and across a rustic covered bridge.  Honey’s Garden features primarily yellow and white flowering shrubs and roses honoring Honey May.  A seasonal waterfall cascades over large boulders into a beautiful reflecting pond. Two large steps lead to the front of the waterfall and pond, suited for a wedding party. Tuscany pavers and benches surround the area as well as a large shade structure with benches beneath, all there for you to enjoy a peaceful setting among oaks, beeches and pines. For your convenience, and adjacent to the garden, the Ranch House or May Museum can be reserved for your reception. 2020 Fees: Garden only $900.00 (3 hrs) 

Burke Garden

(Maximum 75 people seated and 25 standing) 

. . . is an English country style garden with abundantly blooming perennials including shrub roses, St. John's Wort, Hardy Geranium, Foxglove, Jupiter Beard, Fall Asters and Ox-Eye & Shasta Daisies or more.  Surrounding an old English water feature, is a landing of circular pavers, three central planting areas and adjoining the lawn. Stone raised planter flower beds offer seasonal display of color.Located directly behind the Ranch House, Burke Garden is available for reservation with the Ranch House. 2020 Fees: $600.00 3 hrs. 

Plaza Knoll Garden

(Maximum 100 seated and 50 standing)

. . .offers a colorful display of flowering perennials such as Roses, Day Lilies, Spider Wort's, spirea's and large mature trees adjoining the May Museum courtyard.  The Plaza Garden can elegantly extend the available outdoor space of the May Museum.  The garden can be reserved with the May Museum facilities which include, commercial kitchen, large conference rooms and a garden court complete with Koi ponds and indoor water features. Plaza Garden only: 2020 Fees: $600.00 3 hrs. 

 Two-hour minimum is required

Kristen’s Shade Garden

(25 people standing only)

. . . is a more intimate garden, featuring a small water feature, a Grape and Wisteria-bedecked gazebo. Hosta's, Bleeding Hearts, Day Lilies, Coral bells and other perennials bloom in the spring along with other perennials such as Wild Ginger with its heart shaped leaves. Surrounding trees provide shade and tranquility.  Kristen’s Garden is suitable for smaller gatherings. Chairs are not available. 2020 Fees: $120.00 2 hrs. 

Evans Creek Bridge

( 25 people standing only)

. . . is has a  secluded, partially covered wooden overlook amidst the wetlands and overhanging Willows.  The Evans Creek flows beneath the bridge attracting native wildlife.  This informal shady location is suited for small gatherings.  Electricity or chairs are not available. 2020 Fees: $120.00 2 hrs. 

Columbus Gazebo

(Up to 25 people standing only)

. . . is a vine covered gazebo located amidst the Kleiner Oak Grove just above the wetlands.  This shady gazebo and bench area is ideal for small gatherings.  Chairs and electricity are not available. 2020 Fees: $120.00 2 hrs. 

Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden

1595 No. Sierra St.

Reno, NV  89503

(775) 785-4153


Gardens are available from mid-April through mid-October. To complete your wedding garden plans and for your convenience, please inquire about reserving the Ranch House or the May Museum for your reception. Arboretum gardens or May Center facilities reservations can be at the Community Services Department, 1001 E. 9th Street, Reno NV 89502 or call Parks reservations at 775-823-6501. A $250.00 security deposit is required for garden reservations. All reservations are subject to availability and must be made a minimum of 30 days prior to the event date. Insurance is required for all groups over 50 people.  Please check with Parks Reservations regarding insurance & security requirements. Wedding rehearsal dates and times are subject to garden availability and can only be made 30 days prior to the reserved ceremony date. You must select the start time of your event when you place your reservation.  Any changes to the reservation time are not guaranteed and are subject to availability.  Please contact the Parks Reservation office as soon as you know that you need to change your time.

There is a three-hour minimum reservation for larger gardens and 2 hour minimum for small gardens. The gardens will be prepared by our staff, except for setting-up and arranging chairs and afterwards, folding and stacking.  Please note, your scheduled time is the only time you have to access the garden to setup, decorate, takedown and cleanup. In addition, no food or refreshments are allowed in the gardens. Motorized vehicles, horse or animal drawn vehicles of any kind are prohibited as well as open flames, i.e., candles, lighters, luminaries. Other rental equipment such as tables, chairs, speakers and amplifiers are prohibited in all of the gardens. 

A maximum of 100 white folding chairs are provided for FREE to the gardens that allow 75-100 people seated. No chairs are available for Kristen’s, Evans Creek Bridge and Columbus Gardens. To help you plan some of the logistics, e.g., chair arrangements, timing etc., please schedule an appointment with the Arboretum staff (775-785-4153) 14 to 30 days prior to your event.

•Arboretum staff will transport the chairs and check you in at your reservation start time as listed on your Facility Group Use Permit. Please do not access the garden without being checked-in by staff or you will be charged an additional fee. You are responsible for chair arrangement, folding and stacking chairs in two piles after the wedding.

•Electrical power is provided upon request in all gardens except Evans Creek Bridge and Columbus Garden.

•Confetti, helium balloons, glitter, rice, birdseed, fastening decorations, out-side chair rental or personal chairs (except for wheelchairs) are prohibited in the Arboretum.

•Washoe County reserves the right to retain the deposit for any violation of this policy.

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(775) 823-6501