Book Your Event

The South Carolina Botanical Garden offers a beautiful natural backdrop for weddings, workshops, meetings, lectures, concerts and receptions. Groups from 10 to 400 will have a memorable time in this captivating setting conveniently located near Clemson University and major highways. We suggest that bookings be made well in advance for popular rental months such as April, May, June, September and October.

Our staff will help you create an event to remember! To check availability and schedule a consultation call 864-656-2536, or email

Guidelines and Policies

Since the South Carolina Botanical Garden is a public venue operated by the State, some standard regulations and policies exist for those hosting parties here. Please email or call 864-656-2536 to discuss details and receive copies of related policies and contracts.

Many events require the rental of chairs, tables, linens and tents.  Most Garden areas are "venue-only." This means that these extra items will need to be secured through outside vendors. Garden staff can speak to you regarding options when you schedule your event.


All professional photographers must contact the Garden in advance regarding when and where they plan to shoot. To schedule the photography shoots, please call 864-656-2536 or email

Contracts & Policies
Image result for discovery center's upper lawn

As you begin researching the location of your next event, please contact the Garden to schedule an initial meeting call 864-656-2536 or email Our staff will help you select the best venue(s) for your event, as well as advise you on availability and logistics. As you are ready to book the event, we will guide you through the contract and payment process, as well as through policies regarding insurance and alcohol service. Please note, though, that Garden staff are not available to serve as event planners. We ask that large events consider hiring a dedicated event coordinator to facilitate planning, as well as oversee the actual event.

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 or call 864-656-2536 today to discuss availability and pricing.

Outdoor Garden Areas

The Xeriscape Garden Image result for xeriscape garden clemson

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

Heritage 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 electrical units and nearby public restrooms.
Capacity: Seated - 400
Best color: Late March to November

Pricing: $750 plus insurance for a four-hour period

Image result for hosta garden waterfall clemson Image result for hosta garden clemson

The 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

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 

Image result for hosta garden clemson

The Cadet Life Garden

Guests will enjoy the stacked stone pillars, flowering vines and surroundings depicting Clemson University's history.
Capacity: Standing - 100
Best color: Late March to mid-November
Pricing: $600 plus insurance for a four-hour period

Fran Hanson Visitor's Center's Upper and Lower Lawns with Carriage House Image result for upper lawn and discovery center clemson

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 Visitor's Center), provides an elegant backdrop or an additional indoor space.

Upper Lawn and Lower Lawn with Carriage House

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: Upper Lawn - Seated - 250; Standing - 400
Best color: Late March to mid-November

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: Lower Lawn - Seated - 200; Standing - 300
Best color: Late March to mid-November
Pricing: $1800 plus insurance for a four-hour period

Indoor Garden Venues

The Hayden Conference Center Image result for lunch in agnew room clemson

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 insurance

Agnew Room - Seated 25 (conference style); Standing 50
Pricing: $250 plus insurance

Both Rooms can be rented - Pricing: $500 plus insurance

The Fran Hanson Visitor's Center

The Fran Hanson Visitor's 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 Visitor's Center is often reserved in conjunction with the Upper or Lower outdoor lawns to allow guests an outdoor experience with indoor comforts.

Image result for dinner in art gallery clemsonThe top floor offers three large gallery rooms and a hall foyer with picturesque 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 accommodates guests with special needs.

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

First Floor and Terrace - $1000
Pricing: $1000 plus insurance

First Floor, Terrace, and both lawns - $2600
Pricing: $2600 plus insurance

Both Floors and terrace - $1500
Pricing: $1500 plus insurance

Both Floors, terrace, and both lawns - $3000
Pricing: $3000 plus insurance

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