matthaei botanical gardens
Part of the Gardenscapes project, a new approach to the fusion of landscape and garden design, the garden on Willow Pond Island was completed in 2000. The design is dominated by a winding pathway where existing plantings are enhanced by new gardens offering seasonal color. A natural bower offers a quiet setting for a seating area, ceremony or photographs. From this enclosed space the visitor moves out to an open lawn, where a stone stage creates the perfect venue for a wedding ceremony with a beautiful backdrop of majestic spruce trees.
Crossing the water and passing between the reeds to a secret garden creates a sense of serenity and isolation. Views across wildflowers to the tranquil water beyond you and your guests will be surrounded by rugged natural beauty.
The intimate Island space can accommodate 150 guests, including the wedding party, in a formal or informal arrangement. It is beautiful from late May through mid October. No power supply is available.