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25 Lush Secret Gardens, Glasshouses & Greenhouses

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We’re on a nonstop tour of all venues lush, green, ivy-draped, glass-housed and garden party ready. From historic estates in the English countryside to Jamaican sugar mills to the rolling hills of the Great Smoky Mountains, come along as we explore the best greenhouses, gardens and more. Be sure to keep the secret gardens on the DL though -- we wouldn't to spoil the fun.

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Ballyfin Demesne

Ireland
Ballyfin Demesne is easily the most luxurious estate you’ll find in Ireland’s rolling countryside. The luxury getaway offers 20 lavishly decorated guest rooms overlooking endless acres of parkland, a lake and ancient woods, grottoes, gardens, gardens, and more gardens.
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Forde Abbey House and Gardens

Dorset, England
Take a springtime wander through the gardens of this 900 year old Somerset abbey and you’ll find over 30,000 bulbs of tulips, 350,000 trees and a strawberry farm, all flanked by a meandering estate. No, it’s not Downton Abbey, but it looks pretty darn close.
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Castle Ashby Gardens

Northampton, United Kingdom
This 16th century castle and gardens is available for tea, tours and bridal photography. Walk in the footsteps of hundreds of years of royalty while taking in the stunning surrounds. Fun Fact: The house was originally built as an ‘E’ shape building to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I.
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Jardin de Buis

Pottersville, New Jersey
The grounds may look like they’re straight out of a Provençal setting, but Jardin de Buis is located in Pottersville, New Jersey. The property features sprawling gardens, designed by the landscape architect and owner, with a stunning orangerie and multiple greenhouses.
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Cambridge Botanic Garden

Cambridge, United Kingdom
These beautiful botanic gardens are filled with seasonal blooms and greenhouses brimming with greenery. With daily guided tours and a garden café, it's easy to spend your day in this magical spot.
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Longueville House learn more

The Irish countryside is best explored via hidden luxury estates such as this one. Longueville House dates back to 1720 and offers 25 acre cider apple orchard, walled gardens and a beautifully restored greenhouse. Whether you’re in it for a weekend getaway or a destination wedding, this spot is one you should add to your greenery-seeking radar.
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Conservatory of Flowers

San Francisco, California
Take a wander through San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, past the botanic gardens and you’re sure to stumble across one of the most magnificent wooden conservatories in the country. The space can be rented for events and weddings, or simply enjoyed on an afternoon stroll.
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Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago’s century-old conservatory campus maintains extensive outdoor gardens, a desert house filled with cacti and succulents, a huge room filled with palms, a lush fern-filled space, a Persian pool overflowing with lily pads, and a show house of flowers. Designed by Jens Jensen in 1906, Garfield Park Conservatory is a fantastic local jewel that also offers space for private events within.
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Longue Vue House & Gardens

New Orlean, Louisiana
New Orleans may be known for its beautiful architecture and knack for throwing the best parties, but the tropical flora and abundance of overgrowth make this town come to life in all seasons. Check out Longue Vue House and Gardens if you’re looking for a stately garden wedding venue that’ll wow even the locals.
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Villa d'Este

Lake Como, Italy
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Idyllic gardens pile over the edge of Lake Como at this luxurious Italian resort. Dotted throughout the verdant lawns and lush walled gardens are stately sculptures and scenery so gorgeous you’ll be pinching yourself.
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Planterra Conservatory learn more

Michigan’s stunner of a conservatory venue, Planterra is located in West Bloomfield. The glass-walled and glass-ceilinged space houses exotic botanicals and peeks right out to the stars above. Events here are hosted from early fall through early summer.
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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens learn more

One of the nation’s oldest and largest Victorian greenhouses, Phipps Conservatory dates back to 1893 and is filled to the brim with tropical palms, statues, and a plethora of flowers. Set in the heart of Pittsburg’s Oakland neighborhood, the greenhouse is surrounded by botanical gardens and a tropical forest conservatory.
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Greenville Country Club

Wilmington, Delaware
Greenville Country Club is the place to head to if you’re looking to host a wedding in beautifully maintained Delaware gardens. This little spot in Wilmington features an historic estate and terraces surrounded by lots of rolling lawns and greenery.
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Volunteer Park Conservatory

Seattle, Washington
Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory offers not only a beautiful destination for a long walk through the gardens, but a unique spot for an intimate wedding ceremony as well. Check it out if you’re looking for something that needs absolutely no additional décor.
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The Market at Grelen learn more

Rolling hills, orchards, the Blue Ridge Mountains and acres upon acres of trees create the backdrop for this Virginia nursery and venue. The Market at Grelen is home to a lovely little plant-filled greenhouse, stone terraces, lots of lawns and a clear-span tent overlooking the orchards.
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Haiku Mill

Haiku, Hawaii
The vine-draped ruin of an old sugar mill, Haiku Mill is one of Hawaii’s most adored historic relics. Set on the North Shore of Maui, the meandering grounds boast citrus trees, mango groves and a bevy of native fruits, plants and trees that can be toured three days a week. It’s also the kind of place that’s known to put on a heck of a party.
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The Greenhouse at Driftwood learn more

Texas Hill Country sets the scene for this two-story greenhouse that’s full of lush, tropical greenery. The Greenhouse at Driftwood offers space for events both indoors and out, with ample space to pop a tent up outside and embrace that fresh Hill Country air.
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Dewsall Court learn more

The green rolling hills of Herefordshire make way for this stately historic mansion and its stunning grounds. Dewsall Court offers a glass conservatory where your guests can wine and dine while gazing out to the gardens.
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Franciscan Gardens learn more

Imagine hosting your soiree in a Spanish secret garden surrounded by towering living walls and twinkling lights overhead. San Juan Capistrano’s Francisco Gardens is perfectly primped for an elegant garden party of up to 200 guests.
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LongHouse Reserve

East Hampton, New York
East Hampton’s extensive collection of outdoor sculpture gardens opens itself up to just a handful of events a year. The rest of the time, taking a wander around the lush, verdant grounds of LongHouse Reserve might mean stumbling across a de Kooning, a Chihuly, or an installation by Yoko Ono.
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Bellefield Greathouse & Gardens learn more

This sugar mill and plantation in Jamaica’s Montego Bay is lush, lush, lush. Tropical gardens and ancient trees, a trellis dripping in greenery, the original sugar mill, fountains, and more gardens surround the 300 year old mansion.
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Sonnenberg Gardens

Canandaigua, New York
Tucked away in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region, Sonnenberg Gardens includes Japanese gardens, roses and perennials galore, an aviary complex and an early 20th century greenhouse. Visitors to the historic gardens and mansion are encouraged, and events at this venue are pretty dope.
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The Lily Barn learn more

Fields of flowers, towering trees and the Smoky Mountains set the scenery for The Lily Barn in Tennessee. This spot is great for any event that embraces the great outdoors and bevvy of blooming flowers.
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Historic Shady Lane learn more

Manchester’s Historic Shady Lane in Pennsylvania dates back to 1770 and a walk around the grounds feels rooted in history. On site, you’ll find a greenhouse with stone and glass walls that can easily be set up as an event space.
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Oatlands Historic House and Gardens learn more

With a couple centuries’ worth of garden growth and history, this Greek Revival mansion and its surrounds make a stunner of a setting for an epic Gatsby style garden party. Oatlands is located in Leesburg, Virginia and boasts exquisite gardens, ponds, lawns, and a sweet little greenhouse.
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