Venues in the Garden

The South Carolina Botanical Garden offers a variety of beautiful outdoor and indoor venues for weddings, conferences, parties, reunions, meetings, lectures and more. Scroll below for descriptions, photos, and pricing of venues. For more information please email Darlene Evans or call Darlene at 864-656-3405 today to discuss availability and pricing.

Outdoor Garden Areas

The Xeriscape Garden Xeriscape Garden

This semi-formal lawn area is perfect for smaller gatherings and can easily be utilized for both wedding ceremonies and intimate receptions. The lush backdrop and unique wooden arch provide a private garden area seemingly tucked away from the rest of the world. If couples prefer to follow the ceremony with an indoor reception, the Hayden Conference Center is just a short stroll away.

Capacity: Seated - 75; Standing - 100
Best color: Late May to November

Pricing: $750 plus insurance for a four hour period and a deposit of $250(deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event) or $250 per hour

Heritage Amphitheater Wedding in the Amphitheater

Located in the Heritage Garden, this large venue offers terraced seating surrounded by a woodland setting. Its stone steps and stage area provide a ready-made venue for performances and ceremonies, including concerts, lectures and weddings. The site offers access to electrictrical units and near-by public restrooms.
Capacity: Seated - 400
Best color: Late March to November

Pricing: $750 plus insurance for a four hour period and a deposit of $250(deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event), or $250 per hour

Hosta Garden WaterfallHosta Garden
Hosta Garden
This intimate setting is surrounded by lush hostas and waterfalls and is ideal for simple ceremonies.
No chairs or tents can be set up in this area - standing only (except for handicap).
Capacity: Standing - 40
Best color: Late March to mid-November
Pricing: $500 plus insurance for a four hour period plus a deposit of $250(deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event) or $150 per hour

Hortitheraphy Garden
This lovely setting overlooking the Duck Pond features pathways, a gazebo and seating areas for simple ceremonies or small gatherings.
Capacity: Standing - 40
Best color: Late March to mid-November
Pricing: $500 plus insurance for a four hour period and a deposit  of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event), or $150 per hour

Hayden Lecture Area
Located near the Display Gardens and Duck Pond, this peaceful, intimate setting under a pine tree canopy is ideal for small performances, lectures or receptions.
Capacity: Standing - 40
Best color: Late March to mid-November
Pricing: $500 plus insurance for a four hour period and a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event) or $150 per hour

Heritage Garden
Cadet Life Garden

Guests will enjoy the stacked stone pillars, flowering vines and surroundings depicting Clemson University history.
Capacity: Standing - 100
Best color: Late March to mid-November
Pricing: $600 plus insurance for a four hour period and a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event) or $250 per hour

Fran Hanson Discovery Center's Upper and Lower Lawns Upper Lawn and Discovery Center

These beautifully manicured lawns are wonderful for couples who want to hold ceremonies and receptions in one location, or for those that want to host larger garden parties. The 1998 Southern Living Showcase Home, The Wren House (now known as the Fran Hanson Discovery Center), provides an elegant backdrop or an additional indoor space.

Upper Lawn Ceremony on Upper Lawn
Surrounded by hydrangeas and flower beds, the upper lawn is ideal for a wedding ceremony in the intimate Fuller Reflection Garden. The picturesque lawn includes a stone terrace, sweeping green lawn ideal for tented or non-tented events, and a raised garden for easy viewing.

Capacity: Seated - 250; Standing - 400
Best color: Late March to mid-November
Pricing: $800 per lawn plus insurance for a four hour period and a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event) or $350 per hour

Lower Lawn Lower Lawn with Carriage House
with Carriage House
Located a few steps from the Upper Lawn, this lawn is ideal for a larger reception or gathering. The patio beside the Carriage House is included, offering a quaint cafe-like retreat.  The lawns are connected by stone pathways.

Capacity: Seated - 200; Standing - 300
Best color: Late March to mid-November
Pricing: $800 plus insurance for a four hour period and a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event) or $350 per hour

Both Lawns can be rented for $1500
Pricing: $1500 plus insurance a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event)

Indoor Garden Venues

The Hayden Conference Center Lunch in Agnew Room

This lovely center offers two large rooms (19'x38') that may be arranged to accommodate lectures, workshops, group meetings, small receptions and meal functions.  Business and university groups often occupy both rooms: one for meetings and the other for break-out groups or catering services. The Agnew room has three large conference tables that may be arranged to accommodate your group size and needs. The Lecture Room offers flexible set-up as well.  Wireless internet is available in both rooms.

Capacity: Lecture Room - Seated 30; Standing 40
Pricing: $250 plus insuranceand a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event)

Agnew Room - Seated 25 (conference style); Standing 50
Pricing: $250 plus insurance and a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event)

Both Rooms can be rented - Pricing: $500 plus insurance and a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event)

The Fran Hanson Discovery Center

The Fran Hanson Discovery Center, formerly the 1998 Wren House Southern Living Showcase Home, is a unique, welcoming and truly Southern facility for a variety of functions. On the main floor, guests are greeted by an elegant foyer, enchanted by the Garden Discovery Room, and impressed by the enormous stone fireplace in the Garden Gathering Room (a great location for cocktail parties or cake cutting). Through double French doors, the garden terrace and lawns are available for a true garden party. The ground floor of the Discovery Center is often reserved in conjuction with the Upper or Lower outdoor lawns to allow guests an outdoor experience with indoor comforts.

Dinner in art galleryThe top floor offers three large gallery rooms and a hall foyer with pictureque views of the wildflower meadow and the Garden's lush rolling landscapes. Each room may be reserved individually for meetings or events, or utilized as dressing rooms for wedding parties (a bride is able to look out upon her arriving guests).  An elevator accomodates guests with special needs.

Capacity: Seated - 25 per seperate upstairs room; 50 for seated meals in seperate rooms; up to 100 standing for receptions

First Floor and Terrace - $1000
Pricing: $1000 plus insurance and a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event)

Frist Floor, Terrace, and either lawn - $1800

Pricing: $1800 plus insuranceand a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event)

Frist Floor, Terrace, and both lawns - $2600
Pricing: $2600 plus insurance and a deposit of $250(deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event)

Both Floors and terrace - $1500
Pricing: $1500 plus insurance and a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event)

Both Floors, terrace, and either lawn - $2300
Pricing: $2300 plus insurance and a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event)

Both Floors, terrace, and both lawns - $3000
Pricing: $3000 plus insurance and a deposit of $250 (deposit refunded in full with no damage within 30 days after event)

Carriage House

The Betsy Campbell Carriage House features a large room with doors that open to an adjoining patio overlooking formal gardens.  It is a great gathering place for parties, luncheons or as a staging area or dressing room for larger events held on the lawns. 

Capacity: Up to 36, 24 seated, 12 outside

Pricing: $400 plus insurance for a four hour period and a deposit of $250 (deposit fully refunded with no damage within 30 days of event) or $150 per hour