Weddings at Luthy Botanical Garden
Welcome to the Luthy Botanical Garden Wedding Page
Congratulations on your engagement! We are delighted you are considering the Garden as the site for your very special day. On this page we are pleased to offer a variety of information that will help you plan a beautiful and memorable wedding at the Garden, including: (Photos above and below by Patricia W. Kinney)
- Our Wedding FAQ – a handy sheet that includes rental rates and all the information you need to know about weddings at Luthy Botanical Garden*
- A description of potential wedding sites within the Botanical Garden
- Receptions at the Peoria Zoo’s Zambezi River Lodge
- Contact information
*You may download an example of the Wedding FAQ by clicking on the PDF file below.
Garden Wedding Sites
The Luthy Botanical Garden features a variety of unique settings, and one is sure to be perfect for your wedding, reception or party. Whether you celebrate under the blossoms of Crab Apple Cove or in the heart of the Woodland Garden, you are sure to create an event remembered for its beauty and distinction. Each Garden setting offers its own unique ambience and benefits. Whether you are planning a wedding for ten or 300, the Garden staff is happy to help you find the location that best suits your individual needs. Each of these romantic garden settings creates an elegant and natural backdrop for your festivities. Photos and videos are enhanced by the beauty of Luthy’s floral setting (Photo left by Patricia W. Kinney).
Featuring an extensive collection of tropical plants, the Conservatory provides a lush, tropical backdrop for your wedding — a destination wedding without the air travel! Though limited to after-hours rental during floral shows, the seasonal floral displays at the Conservatory will create a fabulous setting for your ceremony. The seating capacity is 75 people.
The Rose Garden, at the heart of the Garden, features a grand arbor, All-America rose selections, classic roses and floral displays that provide season-long color. Its seating capacity is 350 people, and it can accommodate 40’x40′ and 20’x20′ tents.
Crabapple Cove is defined by an enclosure of flowering crabapples that bloom in April and an intimate arbor nestled up to a magnificent Fernleaf Beech. Its seating capacity is 100 people, and it can accommodate 40’x40′ and 20’x20′ tents.
Featuring a circular flagstone amphitheatre shaded with an arc of American Yellowwood trees, the seating capacity of Learning Circle is 150 people. It can accommodate 25’x25′ and 20’x20′ tents.
A classic gazebo, echoing a Victorian garden, is located near the fountain and serves as an intimate setting for a small wedding. Its seating capacity is 10-30 people.
Capturing the spirit of our native Illinois woodland in spring, summer or fall, this location features majestic trees, wooded paths and a verdant glade. The Woodland Garden provides a lush, shaded backdrop for your ceremony. Its seating capacity is 300 people, and it can accommodate 40’x40′ and 20’x20′ tents.
A cascading waterfall, extensive planting and a wooded clearing characterize the Wildlife Garden. Its seating capacity is 50 people, and it can accommodate 40’x40′ and 20’x20′ tents.
Receptions at the Zambezi River Lodge
Discover how your wedding at the Botanical Garden can be conveniently combined with a reception at the Peoria Zoo! The Zoo, adjacent to the Garden; has a wonderful banquet facility that can accommodate up to 160 seated guests, or more at casual functions. Call (309) 681-3519 for more information.