Venue Review: New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505
(508) 869-6111 x121
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Average Base Cost: $40,000

Average base cost for a wedding at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list on a Saturday night (in-season) with a ceremony and reception, using a food/beverage cost of $180/pp. Transportation to venue, entertainment, decorations, additional rentals, valet, DJ, and photography are not included. Average price includes gratuity and state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.

*Prices subject to change

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How it Breaks Down

Facility Rental Fee: 

On-Season (Late May through early September)


  • Friday: $7,750*
  • Saturday/ Holiday / Holiday Sunday: $9,800*
  • Sunday: $6,750*

On-Site Ceremony

  • $1,200*
  • Security Deposit, Refundable: $500

Off-Season (February through April)


  • Friday: $3,500*
  • Saturday/ Holiday / Holiday Sunday: $4,500*
  • Sunday: $3,000*

On-Site Ceremony

  • $500*
  • Security Deposit, Refundable: $500

*Rates are subject to a 6.25% MA sales tax and do not include food and beverage.

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What’s Included:

  • ½ hour ceremony rental period, beginning at 6pm
  • 5 hour reception rental period, following ceremony
  • A one-hour ceremony rehearsal the day prior to your wedding
  • Wedding Coordinator to assist with financial, logistical, and facility details throughout the planning process and run your on-site ceremony and rehearsal, coordinate with vendors, and ensure the flow and timing of your wedding day is on schedule
  • Wedding photos on the grounds one hour prior to the beginning of the rental period
  • A membership to the gardens at the friend level
  • One wedding exclusivity
  • Day-Of Event Assistants to assist the Wedding Coordinator
  • Tables and chairs

Extras: Extension Fee (additional half hour) – $750

Food/Beverage: Catering and beverage services are exclusively provided by Peppers Artful Events and ARTBar. Food averages $125-$155 per person, and the bar is about $35-$40 per person. View sample menus here.

More Stats

Space Type: There’s both indoor and outdoor space available. Ceremonies may be held in the Secret Garden or Limonaia Conservatory. Cocktail Hour may be held in the Winter Garden or Great Hall. Receptions will take place in the eighteenth-century-style glass conservatory, the Orangerie (on-season only).

Size: 150 guests

Bridal Suite: No

Parking: Price includes parking, allowing for plenty of space for all guests and vendors

Food Service Type: Your choice

How Will Grandma Get There? New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill is located an hour from Boston Logan International Airport, and is a 16 minute drive from several 3-star hotels (mostly located in Worcester or Marlborough) and the venue can help arrange room blocks for several nearby lodging options. It’s an hour from downtown Boston.

Party On! Events can last until 12:30 a.m. for additional extension fees

Important Note: Outside vendors are allowed except catering and beverage service

The Report

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill (formerly known as Tower Hill Botanic Garden) is located on a 171-acre property in central Massachusetts, just outside of Worcester with views of Mount Wachusett and the Wachusett Reservoir. With over 30 years of history on its own (besides it’s new name), the New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill is also home to the Worcester County Horticultural Society, which was established in 1842 and is the third largest active Horticultural Society in the U.S. A number of events are held at Tower Hill in their 17 distinct gardens, including weddings. Only one wedding is hosted per evening, allowing use of a variety of spaces, from the Secret Garden to the Great Hall.

Woman Getting Married Says

I don’t always love the layout of botanical gardens for weddings, but this one is pretty much perfect. I mean, where else can you get the feeling of being outside without a tent other than this beautiful venue? I’m also a big fan of New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill’s mix of brick, concrete, wood, and glass that gives it a very vintage yet modern vibe. The venue’s in-season rates are definitely pricey, however they have revamped their planning team over the past few years and brides say the coordinators and their team (who are part of your wedding package) are flawless.

You also need very little in terms of additional decor here, so that will save you a fair bit. I would opt for an in-season wedding here in late-May or early-September rather than saving money with an off-season package. While I don’t normally recommend that, I think otherwise you might risk the plants/flowers not being in-bloom which would be a major bummer. For local Boston-area brides, I think this is a great choice if you have the budget. Just remember that this venue books up FAST, so you’ll want to plan ahead.

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Amenities/What’s Included 8
Convenient for Grandma 8
Layout 9
Location 7
Overall Charm 10
Venue Value 7

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