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Weddings and Functions at the Gardens at Elm Bank

Have your Special Occasion at the beautiful Gardens at Elm Bank

The gardens and buildings of the Gardens at Elm Bank, home of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, are the ideal setting for celebrating weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs , holiday parties or for holding corporate events. Located just 30 minutes outside of Boston, Elm Bank has more than 30 acres of fields, forests, and formal gardens as well as a collection of architectural masterpieces.

Elm Bank Grounds - Manor House - Fountain© Felix Rust Photographers
Wedding at Elm Bank in Maple Grove© Jennifer Stone

The Perfect Place for your Wedding

Whether you are planning a wedding ceremony, a reception or both, Elm Bank's lovely grounds, gardens and buildings will provide the perfect setting for your special day.

Have an outdoor wedding ceremony in the Italianate Garden surrounded by flowers of the season, or enjoy cocktails on the terrace of the stately Manor House. The brilliance of the gardens provides a lovely backdrop for your celebration.

Hold your wedding reception in the elegant Hunnewell Building, the carriage house for the former Cheney-Baltzell estate, which once occupied the site. Its great hall boasts nearly 3,000 square feet of event space and is capped with a magnificent vaulted and trussed ceiling. An attached three-season tent expands the event hall, allowing your gathering of up to 400 to spill out into the country air. Let this property, its beauty, and its grandeur become a part of your cherished memories. 

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Our Photo Galleries

Please visit our photo galleries of past events to see how beautiful the weddings at the Gardens at Elm Bank can be. 

Outdoor wedding at the Gardens at Elm Bank
Jen Ing Photography
A wedding ceremony set in the Italiante garden at the Gardens in Elm Bank.
Simi Rabinowitz Photography
Wedding in the Maple Grove at Elm Bank
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What our clients have to say:

"We had our daughter's wedding at Elm Bank and there aren't enough superlatives to describe what a beautiful site this is to hold a wedding. From our first visit to the wedding weekend, the functions manager responded to all of our questions and followed up in a timely manner. We had a fall wedding and the grounds were a glorious backdrop to our outdoor ceremony."

"We were so happy to have our daughter's wedding ceremony and reception at Elm Bank. It really was the most beautiful, perfect place to host a wedding, and was exactly what we wanted, after looking at 15 possible wedding venues. We loved the variety that Elm Bank offered - ceremony in the Italianate Garden, cocktails and appetizers in Weezie's Garden, dinner and speeches in the Carriage House, and dancing, dessert and bar in the tent."

"We had our wedding at Elm Bank. The cocktail hour was outside in the gardens and the reception was inside the Hunnewell Building. We received so many compliments for having it at such a unique and beautiful location. The grounds were incredibly well kept up, and we could not have been happier with our decision. It made for some gorgeous photos! The staff was also incredibly helpful and such a joy to work with!"

You may read over 30 more reviews from our clients on the Wedding Wire website where The Gardens at Elm Bank has a 5 Star rating.

Other venues at the Gardens at Elm Bank

The Putnam Horticulture Building is also available for meetings, lectures, and workshops for up to 45 participants. Whether a garden club or local interest group, the Putnam’s facilities will help your organization’s event run smoothly.

There are a number of other rooms available at Elm Bank for smaller gatherings. Each provides the privacy and space your group requires for informative and productive meetings.

With an event held at Elm Bank, you are giving back to one of the oldest charitable institutions in the country. Since 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society has been enhancing the quality of life for members and friends by serving as a resource for all to appreciate and enjoy plants and the environment. Proceeds from all events held at Elm Bank are directly applied to this vision, and to the restoration and maintenance of the property.

Contact us for rates and booking information by filling out an information request form or by calling 617-933-4921.

Corporate Outings at The Gardens at Elm Bank

The Gardens at Elm Bank include our 36-acre estate that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on the Dover-Wellesley line, Elm Bank includes trails, open spaces for games, free parking, Weezie's Childrens' Garden- one of New England's most magical children's gardens to explore, and beautiful display gardens to host your cocktail party. Enjoy a cookout or clambake, stroll through the gardens, play softball or volleyball, and plan a scavenger hunt. Fun for the whole team.

Book Today! Call: Kayleigh Tosches at 617-933-4921 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or please complete our online function form under contact us.


About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Mass Hort logo newFounded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

Entertaining at Elm Bank

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