Celebrate with Us
Imagine your event in our historic facility set on the St. Johns River in the desirable and conveniently located Riverside neighborhood.
Elegant, neutral decor
Grand stage for ceremony or performances
Six exquisite crystal chandeliers
Spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows flood the room with light
Dramatic view of the Courtyard and St. Johns River
Table seating for 350 people
Theater seating for 500 people
Enormous catering kitchen
Multiple restrooms for your guests’ comfort
Classical decor perfect for any occasion
Large traditional fireplace surround
Graceful brass chandelier
Table seating for 60 people
Theater seating for 80 people
Windows can be easily covered for slideshow projection
Small separate kitchen enables catering for the room
Two restrooms for your guests’ comfort
Frequently Asked Questions
What comes with my rental?
Ballroom rentals include the Courtyard, kitchen, parking lot, 10 banquet or round tables, metal folding chairs, and one-time set-up.
Club Room rentals include the Club Room kitchen, an appropriate number of banquet or round tables, padded banquet chairs, and one-time set-up.
Campus rentals include the Ballroom, Club Room (which can be used as a bride’s room), Courtyard, kitchens, parking lot, 10 banquet or round tables, metal folding chairs, and one-time set-up.
Are there other items available for my event?
We have additional round tables, banquet tables, high-top tables, white folding chairs, and padded banquet chairs available for rent.
What rental times are available?
The Garden Club provides three timeframes for rentals of its facility: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 4-11 p.m., or 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Additional hours may also be purchased.
Do I have to use specific vendors?
You can use any caterer, decorator, rental company, band, disc jockey, or other vendors you choose. However, the Garden Club does provide a few preferred vendors we have worked with in the past, so we can testify to their excellent work and familiarity with our campus.
How much does renting the Garden Club cost?
We have a venue to match your budget. Rentals of the Club Room start at $1,200, rentals of the Ballroom start at $3,500, and Campus rentals start at $4,700, depending on the day of the week and time of day
May we serve liquor?
If you plan on serving beer, wine, or alcoholic beverages of any kind, you must obey all state and local laws. Beer kegs must be confined to the Courtyard area. Coolers in the Ballroom and Club Room must be placed on absorbent mats. No bottled beer is allowed on the premises because of the hazards of broken glass.
What kind of license or insurance am I required to have?
If you plan on selling beer, wine, or alcoholic beverages of any kind, you must provide a copy of certified liquor liability insurance naming the Garden Club as an additional insured one week prior to your event.
Do I need to provide security?
Depending on the kind of event, the Garden Club may require you to provide security, particularly at events where alcoholic beverages are going to be sold.
Is smoking allowed?
The Garden Club is a tobacco-free facility. Smoking, tobacco use, or vaping is only allowed in the designated areas between the Courtyard and the parking lot or in the loading area between the garage and the kitchen—not inside any of the buildings, at the Riverside Avenue or Post Street entrances, in the breezeway, in the Courtyard, or in the parking lot. Cigarette butts may only be disposed of in the designated containers—not on the grounds, in the gardens, or in the river.
How much time to I have to decorate and clean up?
Rental times include decorating and cleanup. If your event will require more time, please schedule additional hours at the time of the contract.
Is there a deposit?
A 30 percent security deposit ($1,000 minimum) and a signed contract are required to hold your date. The deposit will be refunded within three weeks of your event if you follow the rules of the contract and do not exceed the completion time of your event.