Spring may have already sprung, but we love a good garden venue any time of the year. To help us beat the summer heat, then, we wanted to break down five of the dreamiest gardens of them all. Get ready to smell the roses and sip the champagne—these spots will have you toasting amongst towering trees and bright blooms:
Belmond Le Mainor
It’s no surprise that we’re starting our roundup in the one locale that does gardens oh-so right time and time again: Oxfordshire, England. A boutique hotel in the quaint village of Great Milton, Belmond Le Mainor is one of those venues we dream about as planners. With grounds boasting everything from mushroom fields to fruit orchards, you’d be hard pressed to find better-kept (and more awe-inspiring) gardens than those that surround this unforgettable luxury property. (We especially love the charming English Water Garden—a space that makes for crazy-beautiful photo opps).
Sitting pretty at Number 2 on our one of Anthro’s most magical achievements—its garden shop, turned wedding venue, turned where we want to live the rest of our lives. With locations in both Glen Mills, Pennsylvania and Westport, Connecticut, Terrain is one of the dreamiest garden venues we’ve seen to date. Fully equipped for weddings of up to 110, Terrain Glen Mills offers backdrops ranging from a charming restored barn to an antique greenhouse to an oh-so-zen Indian wedding temple (that we are dying to get our hands on). And—huge bonus—your couples also have access to Terrain’s farm-to-table cuisine and expert in-house floral services for their soiree. The only question we have: Is there now a wedding-planner discount at Anthropologie?
From boho chic to Italian Renaissance, Number 3 on our list brings us to Lairmont Manor in Bellingham, Washington. A century-old sprawling estate, the oh-so grand mansion has managed to remain true to its historic architectural style over the years. Stepping onto Lairmont Manor feels like taking a dreamy step back in time—to an era when we still had time to stop and smell the roses..and hydrangeas…and peonies. With pristine, award-winning gardens, picturesque pavilions, mesmerizing fountains and countless colorful blooms, Lairmont Manor is a perfect spot for that classically romantic couple of yours looking for a venue both timeless and striking.
Jewel Box Greenhouse
Located in St. Louis, Missouri, the Jewel Box is often referred to as “the Jewel of Forest Park” (and for good reason). Boasting sharp architectural lines, a fifty-foot ceiling and—most importantly—layers of colorful vegetation, the Jewel Box is one of those venues that makes a statement from the moments couples see it. We especially love that you can swap the greenhouse’s current flowers for your own—so, with the right budget, you can essentially transform the entire interior of the Jewel Box to a garden of your couple’s choosing.
Nestled on the quaint island of Vashon, Washington, Froggsong Gardens is one of our favorite hidden-gem venues. Just an hour north of Seattle, the gardens manage to feel super secluded and intimate while still being easily accessible for travelling guests. With a 150-foot stream that flows through the center of the property, English-style gardens, and pavilions peppered throughout (saving you from inclement weather), there’s not a bad view on the entire estate. We also love that the expansive gardens offer a number of event spaces to choose from—quaint corners are perfect for small gatherings, while sprawling lawns make for a great space for larger events.