Summer Bear Photography

With six acres of beautiful terrain and a variety of indoor and outdoor areas, this serene and stylish locale in the “Jewel of the East Bay” is an ideal place to host an event.

The tree-lined property features lush, natural landscapes full of diverse plant life and serves as a year-round, working demonstration garden. Full of rustic charm and stunning scenery, The Gardens offers comfort and flexibility in intimate, customizable venue spaces.


Erica Vernis Photography

Gazebo & Rose Garden

The most popular and stunning of all our venue spaces, the Gazebo and Rose Garden make the perfect place to say “I do.” With its imported slate-tile roof, the Gazebo provides a unique and classic backdrop for weddings or garden parties. Adjacent to the Gazebo, the Cowden Rose Garden features thousands of brightly-colored roses, continuously blooming from spring through fall and filling the air with fragrance. With the neighboring lake and fountains in the background, it’s a choice spot for unforgettably romantic photos. It also makes a lovely setting for a whimsical garden party, baby shower or celebration of life. Encourage your guests to stroll and take in the inspiring scenery.

Furniture included: Yes, for gazebo ceremony only. Electricity: Yes. Amplified music: Until 8 p.m. Capacity: Up to 150.

Jenny Soi Photography

Meadow Lawn

An open, grass area surrounded by Rugosa roses, pine trees and low shrubs, the Meadow Lawn is the perfect natural setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony, reception, cocktail hour or luncheon. Perched above the roses behind a rustic garden gate, it offers a lovely panoramic view of the entire garden. Picture an elegant outdoor brunch on a sunny Sunday, or saying your wedding vows under rustling leavings with birdsongs overhead. Also great for casual picnics and outdoor team-building activities.

Furniture included: No. Electricity: Yes. Amplified music: Until 8 p.m. Capacity: Up to 150.

Torrey Fox Photography

Patio & Pavilion

Ready-made for a festive cocktail hour or small reception, this space is vibrant and versatile. Bordered by a raised garden full of plants to stimulate the senses, the large, terrace area features a caterer-friendly pavilion bar with granite counter perfect for serving appetizers and drinks. With an open patio to accommodate table seating or dancing, and benches for quiet conversations, it’s an ideal place to be social and enjoy the outdoors.

Furniture included: No. Electricity: Yes. Amplified music: Until 8 p.m. Capacity: Up to 150 standing, up to 80 seated. 

Nathalie Cheng Photography

Ash Tree Allée

With a paved surface and natural shade provided by the tree canopy, this long, narrow grove is the perfect spot for a garden cocktail party or al fresco dining with a small group of guests. Located right in the heart of the garden landscape, the allée is one of our most unique venue spaces, offering some of the best views on the property and creating an unforgettable, nature-inspired experience.

Furniture included: No. Electricity: Nearby. Amplified music: Until 8 p.m. Capacity: Up to 80 standing, up to 50 seated 

VID Studio

Camellia Room

Elegant, indoor receptions are held in this bright and airy room that features a vaulted, beamed ceiling, hardwood style floors and large windows bathing the room natural light. For stunning weddings and parties, showcase your theme and dress up the room with decorative lights, draperies, lanterns or flowers; or, for informal meetings and memorials, simply enjoy the beautiful garden views. Adjacent to the main hall, there is a bridal dressing room, a caterer’s warming kitchen, and a spacious wrap-around deck that can be used for food/beverage service while giving guests access to the outdoors. Also a great choice for business luncheons, corporate presentations and fundraisers. 

Furniture included: Yes. Electricity: Yes. Amplified music: Until 9 p.m. Sun-Thu; until 11 p.m. Fri-Sat. Capacity: Up to 150.

Board meeting set-up

Rotary Room

Our downstairs classroom space is a smart choice for meetings, training seminars and workshops. It features a large whiteboard, projection screen, and wireless internet access, as well as a large counter space to set up coffee/tea stations and food platters. Adjacent to our Patio & Pavilion space, the room has its own exterior entrance for easy access to the garden and parking areas. This space can be added on to wedding rentals for use as an additional dressing area for an extra fee.

Furniture included: Yes. Electricity: Yes. Capacity: Up to 30.

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