Meetings and Parties
Rental Policy for Birthday Parties, Family Reunions and Small Meetings
Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve offers a serene, outdoor setting for your next birthday party, family reunion or small meeting. Its pathways meander through nearly 10 acres of woodlands accented by perennial, shade, butterfly, and water gardens. The observation deck, the gazebo, the stone amphitheater and the picnic tables are the most popular spots. However, other sites may be available at the discretion of the garden staff.
If you follow the main asphalt path away from the parking lot in any direction, it circles around and leads you back into the parking lot. The secondary wood chip paths will eventually intersect with the main asphalt path.
Two Hour Block: $25
Refundable Damage Deposit: $25
The deposit will be refunded in full after the event if there is no damage to the garden and no trash left in the garden. Please see the refund request policy below.
All fees must be paid in full two (2) weeks prior to the event.
Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve reserves the right to waive rental fees for nonprofit organizations with a similar mission, i.e. environmental, botanical, and horticultural preservation and education. Examples include garden clubs, the Spartanburg Science Center, and the Audobon Society.
No fees will be waived for political or religious organizations. Regardless of the fee waiver, all groups will be required to complete a rental form.
Cancellations and Security Deposit Refund Policy
In case of inclement weather the rental fee is fully refundable. In case of cancellation, the fee is fully refundable if the cancellation is made one month prior to the event.
To claim a refund:
To claim a refund, including security deposit refunds a written request must be mailed within 30 days after the cancellation or the event.within 30 days after the cancellation or the event to:
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve
Post Office Box 2337
Spartanburg, SC 29304-2337
The rental party must abide by any additional verbal restrictions placed on it during the event. Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve reserves the right to cancel or terminate the event at any time the party is not abiding by verbal instructions or not following the following guidelines:
1.No alcoholic beverages are permitted in the garden without prior approval of the Board of Trustees of Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve.
2.No fires, candles, or grilling are permitted in the garden.
3.Children in the garden must be attended by an adult at all times.
4.All event attendees must remain on pathways.
5.Moving garden furniture is prohibited unless
(a) advance permission is received from the garden office and
(b) it is returned to the exact location.
6.Tents, chairs, and tables are the responsibility of the rental party. Due to limited garden staffing absolutely no setups are provided by the garden staff members.
7.No dangerous activity will be allowed, and no activity damaging to the garden property will be allowed.
8.Signs and decorations may be used to indicate that a private event is progress as long as they are removed from the garden after the event.
9.Free parking is available in designated areas only. For events involving twenty five (25) or more vehicles, special arrangements must be made for parking.
10.For dressing rooms, very basic restroom facilities are available in the shelter area by the parking lot. 11.The use of confetti, bubbles, or rice is not permitted in the garden, however we do allow birdseed to be used during special events.
For more information, contact the Hatcher Garden Office at 864/574-7724
NOTICE: While on the grounds at Hatcher Garden, you are under your own cognizance. Please be aware that you are in a natural setting and there are factors beyond our control. We cannot be responsible for falling limbs, acts of God, behavior of wild animals, etc. For your safety and the safety of our aquatic life, stay out of the water, streams and off the rocks. Please do not disturb the wildlife. Thank you for your responsible behavior.