A Unique and Remarkable Experience

A Tranquil Atmosphere

As guests arrive, they are guided through the wooded driveway which leads to our complimentary parking areas. Included in all rentals is use of the gardens for photography, cocktail receptions, and for guests to enjoy freely. The tranquil atmosphere will bring your guests together as they absorb the beauty of the gardens and our one-of-a-kind property in celebration of your event. 


Your Special Occasion. Our Beautiful Garden Setting.

Thank you for thinking of The Gardens at Elm Bank and Massachusetts Horticultural Society for the upcoming event that you are planning! Our amazing location here in Wellesley and Dover, Massachusetts includes 36 acres, including gardens, open fields, and historic structures. We pride ourselves in offering a unique and remarkable experience for each event that takes place on our property.

A Venue Unlike Any Other

We look forward to working with you and introducing you to a venue unlike anywhere you have been before! 

What Our Clients Have to Say

This venue... I can't say enough about how wonderful The Gardens at Elm Bank was for our late September wedding! Kayleigh and Mary Kate helped us through every little step and were absolutely wonderful. They always had plenty of suggestions in times of being flustered and worked with such patience in important and indecisive moments! The venue itself is stunning as well. I couldn't have asked for a better wedding! (Reviewed On 11/30/2017)

- Heather F

We could not have asked for a better venue. Elm Bank was the perfect size for our 180 person head count and our guests have not stopped raving about the location. The Italianate garden was such a beautiful and elegant backdrop for our cocktail hour and the carriage house was exactly what we were looking for in our reception location. There's a lot of freedom to customize the space they way you want and we highly recommend this venue for couples who have a strong vision of the way they want their space to look. (Reviewed On 11/27/2017)

- James S

Kayleigh and her team at Elm Bank were great to work with. My husband and I truly felt like we had the entire property available to us as potential ceremony locations on the day of our walk through. Ultimately, we chose the gardens they have advertised for each segment of our special event. The fountain in the Italianate Gardens is a gorgeous location for nuptials. Weezie's Children's Garden has a more playful, relaxed atmosphere, suitable for cocktail hour. Finally, the Carriage House provides a nice balance of laid back yet formal depending on how you've had it set up. If you are looking for a garden wedding with beautiful scenery and helpful staff, this is the place to go. (Reviewed On 8/03/2017)

- Teresa F Wellesley, MA

Elm Bank was the backdrop for our most magical wedding this August! My husband and I were looking for a convenient, non-traditional wedding venue that was a bit different from the hotel "cookie cutter" weddings. As foodies, it meant so much to be able to bring in our own caterers and select all aspects of the menu. The gardens were in full bloom for our wedding date and could not have been more beautiful. We were able to rent shuttles to transport our guests from Boston to the venue which worked seamlessly. As the venue is not a traditional wedding space we did have to do a lot on our own including renting a tent, dance floor, tables, table linens and settings, and most definitely could not have done it without the help of our phenomenal wedding planner. If you are looking for a beautiful, non-traditional wedding venue and are willing to put in the extra effort to customize your special day, this is the place for you. (Reviewed On 12/11/2016)

- Stephanie F Wellesley, MA

We just got married in this beautiful venue and I cannot recommend this place enough! Although it is slightly on the pricy side, it is worth every penny if your desire is to be married outdoors. The gardens are truly STUNNING in the summertime. We had an Indian fusion wedding, with the ceremony in the Italianate Garden and the reception inside the carriage house. Our cocktail hour was held in the Children's Garden and we did first look photos in the Bressingham Garden. Each one of these outdoor locations has so much to offer. Our guests could not stop gushing about the beautiful gardens and taking photos of all the horticultural variety. The carriage house does have an attached tent which can be used for larger guests counts, but it was reserved as our backup plan in case of rain. Fortunately, we didn't have to use it! Renting the venue does not come with anything other than tables and chairs, so you'll have to find your own design/catering/lighting companies etc. That being said, they partner with some great companies that we would recommend. Kayleigh and Mary Kate at Elm Bank are marvelous to work with, and they made the day of the wedding so stress-free. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. (Reviewed On 6/26/2017)

- Meera S Wellesley, MA

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