Union Square Events at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Drawing on Union Square Hospitality Group’s 36-year heritage of culinary excellence and award-winning hospitality, we partner with clients to create memorable events and experiences in any setting.
As the exclusive culinary partner of the Garden, we are honored to be a part of your wedding celebration and will guide you through the planning process, ensuring personalized attention to detail and flawless execution throughout.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of New York City’s most exquisite green spaces with stunning gardens, lush lawns, and iconic architecture set amidst 52-acres in the heart of Brooklyn. The Garden’s outdoor seasonal displays serve as spectacular backdrops for an unforgettable setting for your once-in-a-lifetime event.
The Palm House
The Palm House offers a gorgeous Garden setting for your ceremony, an outdoor terrace for cocktails, and the exquisite glass-walled Palm House for your reception and party. The Palm House can accommodate up to 250 seated guests.
The Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium is a stunning, ecologically sustainable event space. Beneath a lovely living roof of native grasses and wildflowers, the sinuous floor-to-ceiling glass walls look out onto the Garden's Cherry Esplanade and an outdoor terrace, offering an intimate space that can accommodate up to 125 guests.
Pricing and Minimums
Available year-round, Palm House and Atrium rentals come with access to Garden locations (weather permitting) for ceremonies and celebrations. Minimum Guarantees are required and vary by the time of year, day of the week, and time of day. Seasonal Menus and Pricing are subject to change.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE A SITE VISIT?
If you’d like to see the Garden’s event spaces in person after you’ve reviewed our Rental Fees, Minimum Guidelines, and Package Pricing, please email email@example.com for upcoming group tour dates. Please note the Garden does not host events on Mondays.
HOW DO I PLACE A HOLD FOR MY WEDDING DATE?
In order to provide the best experience for all of our clients, we do not offer date holds without a formal site visit and review of catering estimates based on minimum requirements for the venue of interest at the Garden. We appreciate your understanding of our policy to allow us the ability to provide timely up-to-date availability for interested parties.
DO YOU OFFER TASTINGS?
We offer group tastings once a quarter for confirmed weddings. If you are unable to join a group tasting, a limited number of private tastings are available.
SHOULD WE HIRE AN EVENT PLANNER?
We require a day of planner to assist with onsite coordination. To ensure all expectations are met for the catering portion of your event, our teams will be focused on food and service. Should your wedding require multiple vendors and/or have detailed onsite activations, a full-service planner will be required from our preferred vendor list.
CAN I TENT PART OF THE GARDEN AND HOLD MY ENTIRE EVENT OUTDOORS?
Unfortunately, tenting is not allowed in any outside areas of the Garden and only ceremonies are allowed outdoors, weather permitting.
ARE TABLES AND CHAIRS INCLUDED IN THE CATERING ESTIMATE AND VENUE RENTAL?
The following in-house items are included. If you would like to explore specialty rentals, our teams can assist with certain requests and the additional cost will be added to your final invoice:
60” tables (seats up to 11 guests) with white linens
White, folding picnic chairs (ceremony)
Chiavari-style dinner chairs (reception)
Standard bar and tabletop glassware
White china (no chargers)
AM I ALLOWED TO BRING IN AN EXTERNAL CATERER?
Union Square Events is the exclusive caterer at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. We only allow buyouts for events requiring kosher catering, which is provided by our exclusive kosher catering partner, Simply Divine.
I AM INTERESTED IN DOING AN AFTER-PARTY FOR MY WEDDING – HOW LATE CAN OUR GUESTS STAY?
All events at the Garden must end at 1:00 a.m. There are no exceptions. All local sound ordinances apply and the Garden may ask that amplified sound be turned down at their discretion.
WHAT TIME CAN WE ARRIVE?
The immediate Wedding Party may access contracted event spaces for photography two hours prior to the invite time for guests. We encourage all to arrive photo ready.
IS THERE A BRIDAL SUITE INCLUDED IN THE VENUE RENTAL?
Yes, each of our event spaces include a small bridal suite that can accommodate 6 adults comfortably at one time. You may access the bridal suite attached to your contracted event space two hours prior to the invite time for guests.
DO YOU PROVIDE SIGNAGE OR PRINTED ITEMS?
We provide bar and tabletop signage for Crafted Cocktails and Cocktail Stations, if applicable to your event. Please note we are unable to create custom signage outside of our standard templates. You will need to provide any additional signage needed (i.e. menu cards, table numbers) and are welcome to bring in your own signage for Cocktails and Stations as well.
CAN WE DROP OFF ITEMS PRIOR TO OUR WEDDING?
Small items like menu cards, escort cards, favors, etc. can be dropped off the day of your event. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept items prior to your event day. Larger items like floral arrangements, chuppahs, etc. must be provided and setup by an insured vendor and removed promptly at the conclusion of your event.
CAN WE PICK UP LEFTOVER FAVORS AND SIGNAGE THE NEXT DAY?
Unfortunately, we are unable to store items post event. Any items left on premises will be disposed of that evening.
IS THERE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEARBY?
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is easily accessible by subway and bus. The LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) at Atlantic Terminal also provides easy transfers to close by subways.
SUBWAY: 2 and 3 lines to Eastern Parkway (accessible station) or 4 and 5 lines to Franklin Avenue (no elevator).
BUS: B43 to Washington Avenue, B45 to Washington Avenue, B48 to Eastern Parkway
IS THERE PARKING NEARBY?
Paid parking by GGMC is available at 900 Washington Avenue. Valet services are available through GGMC as well. Please pay close attention to their terms and conditions as the lot is operated by a third party.
CAN MY GUESTS ARRIVE EARLY TO VISIT THE GARDEN?
If guests would like to enjoy Brooklyn Botanic Garden prior to your event, we are happy to connect you with the Garden to arrange a group ticket request.
CAN OUR GUESTS THROW BIRDSEED OR FLOWER PETALS AS WE WALK DOWN THE AISLE?
The Garden is an outdoor living museum and birdseed, rice, confetti, glitter, petals (real and artificial), helium balloons, etc. are not allowed on property.
DOES THE VENUE PROVIDE OUTDOOR HEATERS AND UMBRELLAS IN INCLEMENT WEATHER?
We do not have outdoor heaters or umbrellas but we are happy to rent them for your event for an additional cost.
IS THERE A MICROPHONE OR SOUND SYSTEM TO PLUG INTO?
We do not have an in-house sound system so all Audio Visual needs must be provided by an approved vendor.