Renting a Venue For Your Wedding

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Click Here for the Hatcher Garden Rental Agreement Signature Form (PDF)

Rental Policy for Weddings

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve offers a beautiful and tranquil setting, surrounded by the gentle sounds of nature, for special events. The paved paths meander through 10 acres of woodlands accented by perennial, shade, butterfly and water gardens. The Stone Patio and Waterfall, On the Thomas W. Bartram Trail (pictured above left), the Gazebo (situated among the conifer collection near the parking lot), and the Observation Deck (in the woods overlooking the lower pond)and the recently opened Garden of Hope & Healing with its covered Pavilion and a large Brick Terrace (pictured above right) with a stone step entrance provide venues for special event rentals. Other places are available as well, like John A. Nevison Amphitheater, also located on Thomas W. Bartram Trail, which is particularly beautiful in spring with the blooming azaleas.

Pebble Path and Benches

Stone Patio & Waterfall

Plant Sale


Garden of Hope and Healing

Observation Deck

Plant Sale

Garden of Hope & Healing

Rental Fees in the Garden:

$1,250 per hour for events up to 75 participants plus $250 refundable security deposit.
There is a $10 per person fee for each additional guest after 75.
Additional hours are $1,250 each, with a limit of four hours per any single event.*

$650 per hour for events up to 20 participants plus $250 refundable security deposit.
Additional hours are $650 each,
with a limit of four hours per any single event.*

*Additional charges apply for staff assistance.

Rental Agreement and Fee and Deposit Payments:

A signed Rental Agreement with paid deposit is due in order to confirm an event reservation. All fees must be paid in full two (2) weeks prior to the event.

Cancellations and Deposit Refunds:

In case of cancellation or inclement weather causing cancellation, the fee is fully refundable. Once the special event has occurred and a "grounds condition assessment" has been completed by a Hatcher Garden staff member, if there is no damage to the Garden grounds in the area where the special event was held, the pre-paid deposit will be refunded with a check to the special event renter within two weeks after the date of the scheduled event.

Contact: Hatcher Garden Office 864-574-7724

Rental Guidelines

Click Here to download the Rental Policy for Special Events and Weddings Form (PDF)

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 the guidelines or verbal restrictions.

1. No alcoholic beverages are permitted in the garden without prior approval of the Board of Trustees of Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve. If alcohol use is approved, the rental party must engage paid security through the City of Spartanburg’s off-duty officer plan. Current rate is $30 per hour with a 3-hour minimum. This rate is set by the City and is subject to change at their discretion. Written confirmation of the security arrangement must be provided to Hatcher staff before the date of the event.

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. 5) Golf cart rental is available for $100 per hour. Only Hatcher staff members can operate the cart or Gator. The cart/Gator allow for transport of one passenger at a time, plus driver.

6. Moving garden furniture is prohibited unless  (a) advance permission is received from the garden office and  (b) it is returned to the exact location.

7. 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.

8. No dangerous activity will be allowed, and no activity damaging to the garden property will be allowed.

9. 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.

10. Free parking is available in designated areas only.  For events involving seventy- five (75) or more vehicles, special arrangements must be made for parking.

11. For dressing rooms, very basic restroom facilities are available in the Jess Taylor Pavilion located by the parking lot.

12. The use of confetti, bubbles, or rice is not permitted in the garden; however we do allow birdseed to be used during special events.

Click Here for the Hatcher Garden Rental Agreement Signature Form (PDF)

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.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina

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Spartanburg, SC 29304

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