The Gardens at Heather Farm

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Embracing a rolling hillside in Walnut Creek’s Ygnacio Valley, The Gardens at Heather Farm reside on 6 acres adjoining Heather Farm Park. The site offers sweeping views of majestic Mt. Diablo, while overlooking the bird and wildlife sanctuary surrounding the park’s lagoon. You can exchange your vows at the slate-tile roofed Gazebo, surrounded by thousands of blooming roses in the Cowden Rose Garden. Elegant white wooden folding chairs are included in your rental.

Afterwards, your guests can stroll through the gardens on their way to the patio, an ideal spot for pre-dinner cocktails. This large terrace is bordered by raised tile planters filled with “sensory” plants offering a fragrant and visual variety of colors and textures. The patio features a caterer-friendly pavilion with a sink and electrical outlets – perfect for serving appetizers and drinks.

Receptions are usually held upstairs in the Camellia Room. Light and airy, it has a high beamed ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows that afford a commanding view of Mt. Diablo and the gardens. The sun sets opposite these picture windows, bathing the view in warm afternoon light. With its neutral walls and light-colored floor, this pleasant space is easy to decorate. A spacious wraparound deck gives guests access to the outdoors; to explore the gardens they simply take the ramp or stairs from the deck to the patio and pavilion below. The nearby Meadow Garden, with its expansive lawn, is also available as an add-on for outdoor receptions.

  • Venue Rental Fee (Saturday peak season): $3,400 for Ceremony & Reception (10-hour block)
  • Rental Fee Includes: Rental for a Ceremony and Reception at the Gardens at Heather Farm includes access to our indoor reception space, an outdoor patio and pavillion, the rose gardens and gazebo, and 55-space parking lot. Also included are rectangular tables (6′ x 2 1/2′ seating 6-8) or 15 round tables (60” rounds seating 8 each), and neutral colored chairs. Garden areas are set with white wooden chairs for ceremonies and other events that do not involve food. All tables and chairs provided by the building will be set up according to your floor plan by the beginning of your event and will be taken down by building staff at the end of your rental period. A building attendant is present to assist you during rental and supervise the facility. Our “warming” kitchen includes an ice machine, commercial dishwasher, convection ovens, electric cook top and refrigerator. The kitchen does not include pots, pans, serving utensils or a freezer. There is a dressing room that brides may use adjacent to the indoor banquet room.
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  • Capacity for a Seated Dinner: Up to 150

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