The New York Botanical Garden

Bronx, NY

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The Inside Scoop


The First Look

Situated just 25 minutes from downtown Manhattan, The New York Botanical Garden is any bride's dream wedding and reception destination. This 125-year old garden offers a picture ideal contrast between the busy Manhattan life and the serene nature-filled environment. The venue’s lush gardens blend with the dense forests, rolling hills, cascading waterfalls, wetlands and a wide variety of plant collections; to create a romantic ambience ideal for wedding photography.

The New York Botanical Garden has both indoor and outdoor event space options scattered in its expansive lands. These event spaces are strategically positioned to take advantage of the beautiful landscapes and amenities. The following are some of the available event space options in the property.

The Conservatory is a grand Victorian-styled palace with eleven neatly designed glasshouse galleries and an adjacent Courtyard. This space option works well for cocktail hour and serving of hors d’oeuvres. Couples may choose to tent the Conservatory Courtyard for reception dinners of up to 1000 guests.

The Garden Terrace Room is decorated with beautiful crystal chandeliers, state-of-the-art light fixtures, large windows and strategically positioned potted plants. Its high ceiling combines with the charming interior decor to create a spectacular reception venue. The Garden Terrace Room’s adequate lighting facilitates quality photography and videography.

Stone Mill is located adjacent to the meandering Bronx River. The rustic nature of this space location offers a combination of historic charm and modern comforts. Stone Mill’s quiet environs provides an intimate setting for exchanging vows.

Hudson Garden Grill is an artistic masterpiece designed by the renowned architectural firm Bentel & Bentel. This full service dining destination features a walnut-topped bar, open kitchen, large windows, hanging light fixture and custom-made furniture. Hudson Garden Grill is ideal for private reception dinners and bridal showers.


What You Should Know

All catering services are handled by an exclusive caterer, STARR Events. In this regard, couples are expected to schedule a meeting with the management of STARR so as to harmonize menu customization and pricing details.

The New York Botanical Garden is open on Tuesdays through Sundays. The venue remains closed on Mondays except on federal holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hence, couples are advised to make adequate adjustments on their choice of wedding dates

The New York Botanical Garden does not allow certain items in several of its event spaces without prior permission from the management. Such items include strollers, easels, tripods, selfie sticks and large backpacks. In addition, the garden reserves the right to inspect all backpacks.

At The New York Botanical Garden, guests are expected to behave in an orderly manner. Picking of flowers, climbing trees, feeding animals, smoking and building of fires are all prohibited in the property.


Extra Perks

At The New York Botanical Garden, couples are provided with basic amenities such as chairs, tables, linen and basic decorations. The day-of on-site manager also ensures that everything flows smoothly. Other noteworthy perks offered by The New York Botanical Garden include:

  • Ample parking
  • Guided nature tours
  • Event setup
  • After ceremony cleanup
  • Easy access to Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Close to American Museum of Natural History
  • Central Park is nearby

From the Vendor

Stunning Garden Weddings

No matter the season, let the stunning landscape of The New York Botanical Garden create the perfect backdrop for your wedding. With lush gardens and stunning event spaces, the Garden is beautiful wedding location located a mere 20 minutes from Manhattan.

Amenities + Details

  • Bridal Suite

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor - Covered

  • Outdoor - Not Covered

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$$ – Moderate

Venue Capacity



Ballroom, Garden, Historic Venue, Tented

Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff


Contact Info

2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY (646) 741-1400

Reviewed on 5/16/2017 Susan M

My husband and I recently celebrated the marriage of our son and his bride in the Garden Terrace Room at the New York Botanical Gardens. I have attended – and hosted – many events in my time but write honestly that this was the best, and least stressful, event I have attended... Read More and planned. Our planning was most expertly guided and assisted by Alexandra Metz and then Laura Bass. From the beginning, they anticipated our needs and wants and were most thorough and timely in addressing each step of the planning process. The venue – inside and out – was beautiful, the food was terrific in terms of presentation and taste, and the service made us and our guests feel like royalty. I can’t wait to have another reason to attend or host another event with Starr Catering Group at the NY Botanical Gardens!

Reviewed on 5/15/2017 Nicholas B

This venue is excellent. We did it in March and, while most would scoff at a garden wedding in March, it has significant benefits such as a lower venue cost and the chance of snow! It did snow which added greatly to the drama of the event. We had the ceremony inside, of course,... Read More which some might think is a waste since it's a "garden wedding," however, the venue is beautiful and the large windows create a fabulous backdrop to the ceremony. Many commented on how dramatic the ceremony was. Furthermore, while we had about 200 guests and we could have had many more in that room. They turned it over like pros in less than an hour for dinner. While the venue is excellent, what really makes the venue special is the food. Starr Catering has some of the best food - if not the best food in town. The appetizers are exceptional as is the the meal. We had heard before the wedding about the quality of the caterers (from other caterers that we know) and they were right. Many acknowledged how far above the average the quality of the wedding food was - it was really an exceptional dinner. The wait team there is also very professional. We also got to take pictures in the enclosed botanical garden which made it look like we bought a botanical garden for our wedding flowers - which I guess we technically did. Something to note is that you will have to ship people from the city by bus if you're having it there and coming from the city. That being said, many opted to drive or take metro north (in their tuxedos and long gowns) which drops you across the street. Let me finish by stating, the best part - my wife and I work over 60 hours a week in another city. Having NYBG be a one-stop-shop for everything meant we didn't have to deal with the planning nonsense. It was venue, band, flowers, hair, photographer and done. We planned this thing in four months and we frankly wouldn't have done it any differently. If you choose this venue, I would be extremely surprised if you were disappointed.

Reviewed on 4/25/2017

My daughter's wedding reception on April 8, 2017 was held at the Garden Terrace Room and was absolutely spectacular. Thank you to Laura Bass and her wonderful staff at Starr Events for an amazing night! Laura was a tremendous help to us in planning the wedding and anticipated... Read More every detail of this special day! She was incredibly professional, thoughtful and responsive to every question and call. our guests are still raving about the food! The service and venue all were amazing! I highly recommend the NYBG for any event and I know everyone who attended this wonderful night will never forget it!

Reviewed on 1/28/2017 Anna P

I am so glad that we picked NYBG for our wedding reception venue. It was the PERFECT setting and all of our guests were blown away! From the very beginning of working with the NYBG we loved their attentiveness while helping us to prepare for our special day! They gave us... Read More a wonderful food tasting from which we chose some amazing dishes for our reception. After helping us throughout our wedding preparations, they continued to help us on the day itself. The bridal suite was made pristine for us to use. While we were in the bridal suite waiting to be announced to our friends and family for the first time as a married couple they brought us some of the hors d'oeuvres that our guests were enjoying during the cocktail hour. They even drove us and our wedding party around on golf carts while we were getting photographed in all the various beautiful garden areas! The Grand Terrace Room was spotless and clean for the reception. It was magical! The table cloths and chairs were great. The dance floor was ideal! The food was magnificent! It came out in a timely manner which made the evening flow beautifully. At one point Stephen's 89 year old grandmother's lost her wedding ring. To everyone's surprise, the team at NYBG actually found it for us! That was a big deal! For anyone out there getting married, I can honestly say that there is no better choice for a wedding reception venue than the NYBG!

Reviewed on 1/15/2017 Mo D

Our wedding at The New York Botanical Gardens (October 9, 2016) was a complete success, creating a wonderful experience and beautiful memories for us and our families. My husband and I could not be happier with how it all unfolded. We were looking for a simple yet elegant... Read More location to have a classic New York wedding. The New York Botanical Gardens delivered on every level. The setting is majestic and beautiful. We planned on having an outdoor wedding and despite Hurricane Matthew trying to throw a wrench in our plans, the staff and management of the NYBG were agile enough to wait out the storm and set up the seasonal walk for the evening wedding. Things went off without any problems under a clear sky. We and our guests were so pleased with the service and the quality of the experience. The food and drinks (including our custom cocktail) were delicious and aplenty. The transitions from the outdoor wedding, to a tented cocktail party and then the evening reception in the recently renovated Garden Terrace Room moved flawlessly. So many of our guests commented on what a beautiful setting and perfect service they experienced. John Garone, Laura and the Starr Catering staff were just phenomenal through the entire planning process and then on our wedding day. Aside from Mother Nature, there were no stresses.

Reviewed on 12/30/2016 Audrey P

In mid march we went to the NY Botanical Gardens to meet with John Garone to plan the wedding for our daughter that would take place on October 29, 2016. From that moment to 11:;00 PM on the 29TH of October, John took us gently by the hand and led us thru all the plans, every... Read More detail for a wedding that was wonderful, equally beautiful, and felt so personal! If we were to do this again, I would not change one thing! John is the best that you could possibly wish for! Go for it!

Reviewed on 12/08/2016 J M

My husband and I had our winter wedding at the NYBG last weekend, and, from the initial planning stages six months ago through the cutting of the cake, the entire experience was a dream. John Garone and Laura Bass were incredibly professional, making me and my husband and our... Read More families feel at ease and in good hands throughout the process. The space was perfect for our 220+ guests, with plenty of room for a spacious dance floor; the food was delicious (our guests kept remarking that the Starr Catering food did not taste at all like "wedding food"); and each moment of the wedding (from the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the dinner/dancing reception) was perfectly orchestrated, but in a way that felt very natural. Everything from the table service to the room's lighting was exquisitely executed, and all of our guests have been telling us how much they enjoyed every moment. Jonas, our bridal attendant, was superhumanly helpful--walking around the grounds with us during our photo session before the ceremony, bringing us drinks and snacks while we were in the bridal suite with our families before the ceremony, and then later on the receiving line during the cocktail hour, and continuing to do thoughtful things for us throughout the night (from keeping us hydrated to helping us carry our bags out of the bridal suite at the end of the evening). If you are hoping to have a classic wedding ceremony and reception, tailored to your own taste and run by paramount professionals, we could not recommend the NYBG more highly.

Reviewed on 11/13/2016 Natalie S

Booking NYBG for our wedding was hands down the best decision we made during the planning process. Look no further. If you are looking for a classic, gorgeous NYC venue this is the place. Starr Catering manages their weddings like a well oiled machine. From Laura Bass - our... Read More coordinator who took every piece of our vision and executed it expertly, to the incredible food, the beautiful and delicious wedding cake and finally to our wedding, it was beyond perfection. I couldn't have predicted how perfect it would all be until I saw it come together. When you are planning the most important day of your life, leave it in the hands of experts like Starr Catering. I would not change a thing.

Reviewed on 10/15/2016 David M

My wife and I were married at the Stone Mill on September 10, 2016. Before getting into any of the details, let's make it clear: this is a truly beautiful venue in a truly beautiful setting. The Starr Catering staff helped us to plan an incredible day after our own wishes, and... Read More then made sure everything went off without a hitch day of. I can only rave about the care they put into it. Alex helped us out in the beginning and Lauren helped us significantly as we got closer to the date. Our particular issue was that we live in Germany and so were planning the wedding from afar. Lauren and Alex were always available and responded very quickly to all of our questions. They suggested vendors for us far enough in advance, and all of their suggestions were spot on. Obviously the food was excellent and the package offered at the Stone Mill contained more than enough great food, great drinks, and great choice for all guests. It also made our lives a lot easier not having to deal with finding a caterer. All of the attendants on the day of were extremely professional and caring so that my wife and I could simply enjoy. That's all we could ask for and would highly recommend the Gardens in general, and the Stone Mill specifically, to anybody and everybody.

Reviewed on 10/04/2016 Laura O

Our wedding reception at the Stone Mill was our dream come true and that is most definitely thanks to Starr Catering's amazing team. The reception went off without a hitch and we could not have been happier. Our bridal attendant was absolutely amazing and so attentive. She... Read More brought us each of our hors d'oeuvre selections, our signature cocktail and champagne to our bridal suite and we were so happy she did as it was the only food we had a chance to eat at the cocktail hour!! We felt taken care of in every detail. The food was absolutely phenomenal and surpassed our expectations! The service at dinner was outstanding and many of our guests raved about. I was anxious about having to pack up all the items we provided on the night of and I have to say, that went smoother than I could have ever imagined- pretty much everything was already boxed up for us and took no effort on our part. We don't have a single negative thing to say- it was absolutely the best day ever. We so enjoyed the process with our Sales Manager Laura and we continue to rave about how Starr sincerely gave us everything we wanted! We will certainly be recommending Starr Catering and the NYBG for all our newly engaged friends!!

Reviewed on 10/04/2016 Laura O

Our wedding reception at the Stone Mill was our dream come true and that is most definitely thanks to Starr Catering's amazing team. The reception went off without a hitch and we could not have been happier. Our bridal attendant was absolutely amazing and so attentive. She... Read More brought us each of our hors d'oeuvre selections, our signature cocktail and champagne to our bridal suite and we were so happy she did as it was the only food we had a chance to eat at the cocktail hour!! We felt taken care of in every detail. The food was absolutely phenomenal and surpassed our expectations! The service at dinner was outstanding and many of our guests raved about. I was anxious about having to pack up all the items we provided on the night of and I have to say, that went smoother than I could have ever imagined- pretty much everything was already boxed up for us and took no effort on our part. We don't have a single negative thing to say- it was absolutely the best day ever. We so enjoyed the process with our Sales Manager Laura and we continue to rave about how Starr sincerely gave us everything we wanted! We will certainly be recommending Starr Catering and the NYBG for all our newly engaged friends!!

Reviewed on 9/26/2016 Yianice H

We got married at NYBG on August 19th at the Stone Mill venue and it was amazing. John Garone, our event planner, was courteous and professional during every encounter and was super responsive to all questions and requests. The venue was beautiful and having access to the... Read More grounds for photos was an absolute treasure. I couldn't have been happier with the quality of the food, the responsive of the staff and the beauty of the venue. Very high marks all around!

Reviewed on 9/10/2016 Dalila H

Last Saturday, my daughter was married at the Stone Mill House in the New York Botanical Garden and I am still getting raving emails from guests after that magical evening. August of last year, we visited the Stone Mill with Alex and fell in love with the setting. Not only... Read More is the Stone Mill a historical NY landmark, it is also a very elegant and naturally beautiful place with its location inside the NY Botanical Garden, right on the Bronx river. Alex's friendliness and her willingness to accommodate our needs made us pay the deposit and sign the contract on the spot. After many disappointments trying to find a classy venue within our means in the city, The Stone Mill was that perfect place we no longer thought we could have. A few months later, we started working with John Garone and things got even better. John is both very friendly and highly professional. He responded to our emails, week after week, with the speed of light. He was always calm, good-humored, eager to help, on top of things and very detail-oriented, a crucial skill when you are preparing a wedding. He answered each and every question each of us had, followed up on every detail, and made us feel as if our wedding was the only one he had to deal with, even though we knew well that this was not the case! His assistant, Lauren, was as helpful and as dedicated as he was. Working with the two of them, I found organizing my daughter's wedding to be not as stressful as I had anticipated and certainly a lot smoother than what some of my friends told me it would be. Then the day of the wedding came and we met the rest of the team: our super efficient and caring captain, Gilit, our extra helpful and attentive bridal attendant, Yonas, and the amazing staff: bartenders, waiters, as well as various attendants. An A team of dedicated people doing their jobs in the most professional way and going above and beyond in so many ways. Then there was the food, from the cocktail appetizers to the dinner courses to the wedding cake--elegant and delicious. Worthy of Five Stars restaurants. I am still in awe of the beauty of the place and the care with which everyone involved did their jobs, making our wedding day as perfect as we had dreamed it would be. I truly cannot recommend the Stone Mill enough. If you want to have a wedding you will never forget at a price well below what the top NYC wedding venues charge, put your special day in their hands. It will be the best decision you will have made as you start your life as a married couple.

Reviewed on 9/01/2016 Bethany W

We had our wedding reception at 6:15 PM in The Stone Mill on Saturday August 6, 2016. We had a separate ceremony in Midtown. We worked with Alex in the beginning. She was helped us tour the venue and reserve our date. Laura took over after we had our menu tasting to help us... Read More finalize menus, site layouts, and delivery of goods. Laura was really excellent at making sure Patrick and I had as little to worry about as possible and that all our bases were covered. Both women were a pleasure to work with and mostly responded to emails within a reasonable amount of time. The day of we had a couple's assistant - Max - who was awesome! He would bring us new water/cocktails whenever we looked close to being empty, and he was continually asking us if we needed anything. The food was great. The bridal suite at the venue was nice to sneak away for a few minutes to relax. Everything was perfect. We could not have asked for a better venue for our reception. Highly recommend!

Reviewed on 8/24/2016 Amanda W

My husband and I got married in June 2016 at the Stone Mill. On a whim, we decided to tour the venue and it didn't take long for us to fall in love with this magical place. In its own right, The New York Botanical Garden is a breathtaking oasis, especially in such a big city.... Read More We fell in love with Stone Mill in particular, for its beauty, warmth, and layout, all of which allowed us to create the intimate wedding we dreamed of. Stephen Starr Catering partners with NYBG to provide food and beverages, wedding cake, linens and furniture, and wedding coordination. Throughout our journey, from tours to booking to walk-throughs, we were met with warmth, professionalism, and flexibility as each team member worked with us to execute our vision. If you're foodies like we are, or just interested in providing your guests with a unique dining experience, you can't go wrong with Stephen Starr. From cocktail hour to dinner, the food was delicious, perfectly cooked, and beautifully presented! My husband and I will always be happy we chose The New York Botanical Garden. Stone Mill, and the garden at large, has history and credibility, as it is such an important New York landmark. We feel so fortunate that we'll always have the option to visit this magical place where we shared the best day of our lives, and to one day bring our children there to share the memories.

Reviewed on 8/09/2016 Diana G

Awesome and amazing wedding! The planning was super easy, delicious star catering food, and the best bridal attendant the day of. Th bridal attendant went above and beyond driving us in the golf cart to a million picture spots and being present before we even needed him.... Read More Overall a beautiful venue and well worth it!

Reviewed on 6/26/2016

A perfect venue for a spring summer wedding! The Garden was in full bloom. The buses transported 175 guests from our church in Manhattan to The Garden for the reception . Guests were met with champagne and proceeded to stroll the gardens. Thereafter formal cocktails began on the... Read More patio with abundant appetizers from the Starr Kitchen. Asian specialties from Budakqn and many continental choices, too. At dusk guests proceeded to the Garden Terrace room for a sit down dinner. The dining room beautifully transformed into a garden with table floral arrangements and even trees magnificently arranged by Brian Bowman, our florist. When the dinner finished, the French doors opened to a tented area where DJ, Eric Visa, sent nearly half the crowd to the dance floor. NYBG event manager, John Garone, deserves huge credit for ensuring the food and service to be spot on. The venue was easy to deal with and the food exceeded all our expectations. Want to give credit to our wedding planner, Melissa McNeely and her assistant, Lauren, for being there for us always. The bride and groom and all the guests enjoyed a fabulous party, not surprisingly but thanks to all the professionalism of all our vendors. Thank you!

Reviewed on 6/25/2016

Everyone dreams of a perfect wedding day but without prior experience you can only pray! The groom is Spanish and his mother sent 3 dozen eggs to the Santa Clara nuns in Spain to pray for good weather. Except for a brief thunderstorm June 11th was a cool and ideal day for a... Read More wedding at The Garden. Can't imagine another venue with better outdoor space in Manhattan! As soon as the buses arrived with our guests, they were greeted by welcome champagne while they strolled the beautiful garden. More formal cocktails and pass around hors d'oeuves were held at the patio. The Stephen Starr kitchen offered a mixture of Asian fusion (Budakan) and continental food in abundance. They were amazingly delicious and abundant. Guests then proceeded to the Terrace room for dinner. The room held comfortably our 175 guests at a mixture of round and rectangular tables. A 4 piece jazz band provided entertainment during cocktails and dinner. Brian Bowman arranged spectacular table flowers as well as topiary trees to create a garden room. Following dinner, doors opened to the adjacent tented space to the dance floor. Our DJ, Eric, was just great! He also serves at the evening's MC. . The organization and the service at NYBG exceeded our expectations. The food of Starr Kitchen was extraordinary. We selected Branzino and tenderloin for main course choices After the hors d'oueves, two courses were more than ample. Special credit to John Garone, our patient and accommodating events manager at NYBG. Last guests left at 1pm Special note also to our wedding planner Melissa McNeely and her asst Lauren for being there from beginning of planning to the final day of event giving terrific recommendations and keeping it lighted hearted. It was a pleasure to host the party.

Reviewed on 6/08/2016 Jessica G

Our wedding took place in the Garden Terrace Room on June 5, 2016 and it was absolutely perfect. We were extremely nervous the week before because the forecast called for thunderstorms, and we planned to have the ceremony outside. We did end up having the ceremony inside, but... Read More it didn't matter. It was beyond stunning. And days later we are still getting countless compliments from our guests. We worked with John Garone at Starr Events, and he was one of the most organized and patient people I've ever met. He was incredibly detail-oriented and helped us solve every issue as it came up. Our wedding was a little bit more complicated because we brought in a kosher caterer (Foremost). John helped us navigate every moment every step of the way. Our main vendors were Forever in Bloom, Foremost Caterers and the Mike Herman Band at Hank Lane. They were all outstanding. We can't say enough good things about John and the venue. We just hope every wedding is as magical as ours was!

Reviewed on 5/31/2016

Delicious Food, Stunning Venue If you and your guests love excellent food, perfect service and a place with access to stunning gardens, you’ve found the perfect venue for your wedding. We recently hosted our wedding ceremony and reception at Stone Mill, NY Botanical Gardens.... Read More John Garone of STARR Events did an outstanding job before and during our wedding reception making sure to exceed all of our expectations – from the venue to the catering service to coordinating all the vendors who delivered entertainment, photography, floral and decor. Truly, STARR Events went above and beyond what we’ve imagined for our special day. We had guests from over 15 nations who were raving about the warmth and quality of it all. We are filled with gratitude and feel blessed that we found this stunning venue. Thank you John and STARR Events for your professionalism, care and attention to detail.

Beautiful Location, Amazing Service

Reviewed on 8/27/2015 Margo C

The sales and catering staff at the New York Botanical Garden are committed to making your special day flawless, from ease and help with planning (Including months of endless emails on our part and cheerful and timely answers on theirs), to coordinating all of your outside... Read More vendors, to organizing your guests and activities during the wedding night. Our sales manager Jennifer and our event coordinator Andrew were both willing to go out of their way to make our night run smoothly and fun for our guests, our wedding party, and especially us, the couple. The food was amazing! All of our guests raved about the beauty of the setting and how delicious the food was. Everyone was extremely attentive and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding! Thanks to everyone at the NYBG and Stephen Starr, especially Jennifer and Andrew.