Upper Garden Venue

The Upper Garden is filled with luscious green scenery and is a unique setting for an outdoor event under the starry night sky. The natural beauty surround you and your guests and doesn't call for much decor at all, just throw in a little atmospheric light and you've got an amazingly beautiful setting for any occasion.

The Upper Garden areas include:


Koi Pond & Moon Viewing Deck

Nestled beneath the fujidana (wisteria arbor) and surrounded by the serene sounds of the waterfall, the Koi Pond is a favorite spot for wedding ceremonies and cocktail receptions.


  • Ceremony: 85
  • Cocktail Reception: 150

    Ceremonial Gate

    The majestic backdrop of the Charles C. Dail Memorial Gate is the perfect location for large ceremonies and cocktail receptions. The Ceremonial Gate is a magnificent location surrounded by trees with a view of the towering Corinthian columns of the Sprecels Organ Pavilion.


  • Ceremony: 100 (Accommodations can be made for up to 200)
  • Cocktail Reception: 200

    Reception Plaza

    Our open air Reception Plaza is the perfect spot for a reception under the stars. The area includes a deck overlooking the plaza that can be used as an entertainment stage. Spring events can enjoy wisteria blossoms on the wooden fujidana (arbor).


  • Seated Reception: 200
  • Cocktail Reception: 300

    Exhibit Hall

    Designed in traditional Japanese sukiya style, the Exhibit Hall features rotating exhibits of art, historical artifacts, and collections from Japanese culture. Guests can enjoy the season's featured exhibit and viewing room of the Dry Rock Garden.


  • Ceremony: 30
  • Cocktail Reception: 40

    Activity Room

    Our Activity Room has an open floor plan featuring traditional kimonos and an antique rickshaw exhibit.


  • Seated Reception: 36
  • Classroom: 24-50
  • Features

  • Conference table for 12
  • Kimono display
  • Antique rickshaw exhibit
  • Projector/Screen
  • Additional chairs and tables available for rent.
    Banner Photo Credit: Tangerine Tree Photography