View of the Reno Sparks night skyline from Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
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Facility Reservations

 

Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden 

 

(Click here for a virtual tour of the gardens listed below)


Burke Garden-
… is an English country style garden with abundantly blooming perennials including iris, lupine, bleeding heart, delphinium, foxglove, and campanula. Surrounding three central flowerbeds and adjoining lawn (which accommodates approximately 75 people seated and 100 standing) are lovely flowerbeds and spring blooming shrubs. Located directly behind the Ranch House.
2014 Garden use fee is $175.00/hour with a 3-hour minimum plus a $250.00 refundable cleaning/security deposit

Honey’s Garden-
…is just a short walk down the hill from the Ranch House and across a vine-draped covered bridge. Honey's Garden features primarily yellow and white flowering shrubs and roses. A seasonal waterfall cascades over large boulders and into a series of pools. There is a grassy area in front of the waterfall, and a gravel clearing which can accommodate up to 100 people seated and 150 people standing. 
2014 Garden use fee is $275.00/hour with a 3-hour minimum plus a $250.00 refundable cleaning/security deposit

Plaza Garden-
…is a colorful display of perennials and flowering trees adjoining the May Museum courtyard. The Plaza Garden can elegantly extend the available outdoor space of the Museum. The garden can accommodate 100 seated or 150 standing.
2014 Garden use fee is $175.00/hour with a 3-hour minimum plus a $250.00 refundable cleaning/security deposit

Lear Garden-
…. . . is one of our newest gardens with a quaint country gazebo and a spectacular view of the park and Sierra Nevada mountains. In spring and summer it is in full bloom with russian sage, daylilies, crabapples and perennials. The garden can accommodate up to 150 people. There are no chairs or restroom facilities here.
2014 Garden use fee is $175.00/hour with a 3-hour minimum plus a $250.00 refundable cleaning/security deposit

Kristen’s Garden-
…...is a more intimate garden, featuring a grape and wisteria-bedecked gazebo. Magnolia, iris, lavender, lamb's ear and peony bloom in the spring and a profusion of michaelmas daisy provides vibrant color in the fall. Kristen's Garden is suitable for smaller gatherings of 25 or fewer people.
2014 Garden use fee is $50.00/hour with a 2 hour minimum rental plus a $250.00 refundable cleaning/security deposit


Evans Creek Bridge Garden-
…is a secluded, partially covered deck amidst overhanging willows. The Evans creek flows through the wetlands beneath the bridge. This informal shady location can accommodate 25 or fewer people. No electricity is available in this area.
2014 Garden use fee is $50.00/hour with a 2-hour minimum plus a $250.00 refundable cleaning security deposit

Columbus Gazebo-
. . . is a vine covered gazebo located amidst the Kleiner Oak Grove just above the wetlands. This shady gazebo and bench area can accommodate 25 or fewer people. No electricity is available in this area.
2014 Garden use fee is $50.00/hour with a 2-hour minimum plus a $250.00 refundable cleaning/security deposit

 

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Gardens are available for reservation from mid-April through October.

  • Reservations for Arboretum gardens must be made through the Parks Administration Office by phone at (775) 823-6501, or in person at 2601 Plumas St, Reno, NV 89509.
  • Reservations can be made up to one (1) year in advance of the event date. All reservations are subject to availability and must be made a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the event date. 
  • Insurance is required for all groups of over 50 people. Please check with Parks Administration regarding insurance requirements. 
  • Wedding rehearsal dates and times are subject to garden availability and will only be confirmed thirty (30) days prior to the reserved ceremony date.
  • A maximum of 100 white plastic chairs are available for Honey's, Burke's and Plaza Gardens.  Chairs are not provided at the Lear, Kristen's, Evans Creek and Columbus Gardens. Arboretum staff will bring the chairs and check you in at the start time listed on your reservation paperwork. You are responsible for chair set up and take down.
  • Electrical power can be provided upon request in all gardens except Evans Creek Bridge or Columbus Garden.
  • Confetti, glitter, rice and birdseed, helium balloons, glitter, outside chair rental, are not allowed in the Arboretum or any other areas of Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Rose petals are allowed, if cleaned up after the ceremony.
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Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra,
Reno, Nevada U.S.A.
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