The North Carolina Arboretum Est. 2009

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC, USA

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The North Carolina Arboretum
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The North Carolina Arboretum is a popular destination for nature-lovers and garden enthusiasts alike.
Nestled in one of the most botanically diverse and beautiful natural settings in America, The North Carolina Arboretum contains 65 acres of cultivated gardens that delight the senses, pay tribute to the region’s rich cultural heritage and reinforce the importance of plants to our world. Our wedding program offers 8 picturesque and versatile location options, both outdoors and indoors. We also have 4 indoor meeting room spaces with A/V and ability to accommodate both small and large groups. 
The Lowdown
Type
Field / Forest / Orchard
Garden
Museum
Park
Views
Forest
Garden
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Mountains
Style
Eco
Elegant
Garden Party
Romantic
Sophisticated
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Product Launch
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Reunion
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

We offer 434 acres of the Blue Ridge Mountains and 65 acres of gorgeously crafted and cultivated gardens featuring 8 picturesque and versatile locations for your wedding. 
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

We have a variety of additional rental items such as decor, A/V and games that can be added on for an additional cost. 

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Required To Host An Event At This Venue

Capacity

Seated
160
Buffet
N/A
Standing
200
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2009
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Beer/Wine/Champagne Only
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Nestled in one of the most botanically diverse and beautiful natural settings in America, The North Carolina Arboretum contains 65 acres of cultivated gardens that delight the senses, pay tribute to the region’s rich cultural heritage and reinforce the importance of plants to our world. Our wedding program offers 8 picturesque and versatile location options, both outdoors and indoors. We also have 4 indoor meeting room spaces with A/V and ability to accommodate both small and large groups. 
Design:
The North Carolina Arboretum is a popular destination for nature-lovers and garden enthusiasts alike. Event guests will find that there is no shortage of gorgeous locations for photography.
Standout Venue Features:
For more than 30 years…Cultivating Connections between People, Plants and Places…amid a 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. 
Extra Perks:
All tables, chairs and directional signage are included in your event package, free admission and parking for all guests, wedding clients receive a free one-year household Arboretum membership, all of our gardens are handicap/wheelchair accessible and each event location has nearby restroom access.
Celebration Locations
Heritage Garden:
Most popular outdoor ceremony site.
- View: Wooden pavilions alongside cultivated gardens featuring plants used in regional medicinal and craft industries.
- Max Capacity: 150
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Events Lawn:
Amazing outdoor space adjacent to Baker Exhibit Center that can be used for an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour or reception.
- View: Open lawn with over 300 feet of built-in outdoor string lighting, sweeps of perennial and seasonal plantings and views of stunning greenhouse.
- Max Capacity: 200
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Baker Exhibit Center:
Indoor space that can be used for any type of event or as a back-up rain plan.
- View: Spectacular wooden beamed ceilings, large beautiful windows and handcrafted stone fireplace.
- Max Capacity: 150
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Outdoor Events Amphitheater:
Outdoor ceremony site
- View: Flagstone stage area with built in stone seating and evergreen trees as a backdrop nestled near the edge of the forest.
- Max Capacity: 200
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Entrance Plaza:
Outdoor reception site adjacent to our Education Center building.
- View: Colorful seasonal plants, water features representing regional pools, cascades and waterfalls.
- Max Capacity: 200
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Blue Ridge Court:
Perfect spot for an outdoor cocktail hour or ceremony with a mountain view.
- View: Mountain views, large circular fountain and the only statue of Frederick Law Olmsted – Father of Landscape Architecture.
- Max Capacity: 200
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Broad Green:
A sloped open green space that is great for a breathtaking ceremony with natural "stadium seating."
- View: Open lawn space with stunning mountain views.
- Max Capacity: 200
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Education Center's Auditorium:
Indoor space that can be used for any type of event or as a back-up rain plan.Built in audio/visual system and projector screen.
- View: Room partition opens into lobby space with many windows overlooking a veranda filled with rocking chairs and lovely views of the Plants of Promise Garden.
- Max Capacity: 200
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Classroom 1 & 2:
Perfect for meetings, retreats and workshops. Includes chalkboard and projector screen. Additional A/V equipment available to rent.
- View: Gorgeous mountain & garden views out of the windows.
- Max Capacity: 50 for one classroom, 100 for combined classrooms with partition opened
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Library:
Perfect for meetings, retreats and workshops. Has a built-in projector screen and additional A/V equipment available to rent.
- View: Cozy atmosphere featuring mountain views.
- Max Capacity: 35
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Bent Creek Bistro, operated by the Colorful Palate catering, brings together the best food products of Western North Carolina and a passion for gracious service and culinary creativity! Bent Creek Bistro is located in the Arboretum's Education Center with dining options both indoors and outdoors. 
Bars & Lounges:
Bent Creek bistro offers a variety of beer and wine options to visitors. For events, we have our own Arboretum bartenders to serve alcoholic beverages and an extensive beer/wine list for clients to choose from featuring mostly local options.

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