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From large to small, Desert Botanical Garden offers several unique venues to make your special event absolutely unforgettable. Explore them all – and find the one that's right for you – here:

Information and Pricing: Download our Event Information and Pricing Packet for more information about events at the Garden:

Garden Venues

Indoor/Outdoor Venues

  • Dorrance Center: Includes Boppart Courtyard, Dorrance Hall and Kitchell Patio 
  • Webster Center: Includes Ullman Terrace, Eliot Patio, Webster Auditorium


Outdoor Venues


Auditoriums/Conference Rooms/Classrooms

Dorrance Center

Includes Boppart Courtyard, Dorrance Hall and Kitchell Patio

  • Indoor capacity: 100-300 seated; 400 auditorium; 500 standing
  • Availability: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
 

Boppart Courtyard
This spacious outdoor courtyard, surrounded by desert landscape, is located on the south side of Dorrance Hall. Overlooking the Sybil B. Harrington Succulent Gallery, this courtyard is adorned with a tranquil water feature, ambient lighting strung overhead and a built in stage. This space is ideal for a ceremony, cocktail hour or outdoor dining.

Dorrance Hall
This elegant 4,600-square-foot reception hall has neutral décor featuring Garden inspired tapestries and full length windows, which allows you the luxury of bringing the Garden’s natural light into your special event. This space is perfect for a reception, indoor ceremony, memorial service, or meeting.

Kitchell Patio
Situated on the north side of Dorrance Hall, this patio is ideal for after-dinner drinks and dessert. Kitchell Patio includes serene water features and a built-in bench for additional seating and acts as a lovely outdoor extension to your indoor event.

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Webster Center

  • Capacity: 25 – 150 guests, seated. (Additional guests can be accommodated in this space if Dorrance Center is also rented for rain back-up.)
  • Availability: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Ullman Terrace
Featuring the Garden butte as a stunning backdrop for your event, this spacious outdoor tiered patio is surrounded by soft petal reflective lights and up-lit saguaros. This enchanting venue also features areas for dancing and a stage for entertainment. For weddings, you will exchange your vows amidst the beauty of the desert sunset, and your guests will dine, drink and dance the night away under the stars.
Eliot Patio
Serving as the entrance to Ullman Terrace, this patio features portofino lights and up-lit plants and cacti, for an ideal Southwestern cocktail hour or guest greeting area. During weddings, guests can enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres on Eliot Patio, while Ullman Terrace is transformed from your ceremony to reception.
Webster Auditorium
This 1,500-square-foot adobe building with French doors and antique chandeliers is on the National Register of Historic Places. For evening events, Webster Auditorium serves as an additional indoor space for your event. (Dancing, amplified music and flame is not permitted in this room).

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Binns Wildflower Pavilion

  • Capacity: 25-100 guests, seated
  • Availability: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Located off of the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail, this circular open-air pavilion is surrounded by desert plants and scenic views of the Papago Buttes. This venue is a charming location for ceremonies, receptions, non-profit or corporate events and provides an intimate space with illuminated rustic stars and twinkle-lit pillars. Dine under  blue skies or starry nights, visible through the Pavilion’s center sky light.

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Steele Herb Garden

  • Capacity: 25-75 guests, seated
  • Availability: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. 
This enchanting location is nestled amongst the Garden’s desert landscaping and features beautiful views of the Arizona sunset behind Camelback Mountain. The refreshing scents of sage and lavender create a serene place for people to relax and take in the uniqueness of the Garden while celebrating your outdoor wedding, cocktail hour or dinner reception.

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Amphitheater

  • Capacity: 25-100 guests, seated
  • Availability: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
 
With its effortless beauty, the Amphitheater is a natural space for your wedding, framed by desert mesquite trees. Overlooking the Garden’s Sybil B. Harrington Cactus Gallery, this tiered theater features built-in benches for guest seating adding a uniquely organic element to your ceremony.
   

Pratt Ramada

  • Capacity: 2-20 guests, standing only
  • Availability: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
This hillside ramada, located on the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail, is situated at the highest point in the Garden and provides panoramic sunset views. Ideal for an intimate ceremony, this venue features city lights and surrounding mountain ranges as the backdrop for your special day.

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Webster Auditorium (Daytime Only)

Included in rental of Webster Center for evening events. Rents separately for daytime events.

  • Capacity: 25-100 guests, seated
  • Daytime Availability: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This 1,500-square-foot adobe building with French doors and antique chandeliers is on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy this historic setting for daytime meetings and retreats. This auditorium is adjacent to Eliot Patio and your guests will be able to enjoy this location for outdoor breakout sessions or lunch, providing a truly unique experience for corporate and non-profit functions.

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Whiteman Conference Room (Daytime only)

  • Capacity: 5-25 guests, seated
  • Daytime Availability: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Located in Webster Center, our premier board room is ideal for meetings, retreats and team-building activities. French doors open onto Eliot Patio for outdoor breakout sessions or lunch, providing a truly one of a kind experience for corporate and non-profit functions.

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Farrington Conference Room and Weisz Learning Center Classrooms (Daytime only)

  • Capacity: 5-30 guests, seated
  • Daytime Availability: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Farrington-Conference-Room-400x300.jpg These indoor rooms offer additional meeting space for your next business event. Farrington and Weisz are both located close to Dorrance Hall and Archer is located close to Webster Center; all serve as excellent breakout rooms for conferences.

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