The Arboretum at Penn State

Rental Venues

There are several designated outdoor rental venues in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens.  The Arboretum rents these spaces to University departments or to the public solely for invitation-only events such as wedding ceremonies, graduation celebrations, retirement dinners, family reunions, departmental or office functions, and academic or business conference receptions. Our primary rental season begins May 16 and ends September 30.

The Arboretum does not rent venues for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, or any other event associated with weddings other than wedding ceremonies. All rental clients are required to abide by our garden rules and event protocols as outlined in the rental agreement. A logistics discussion is held within 30 days of the event with the event and marketing coordinator.

Because the Arboretum cannot provide furnishings, tents, or catering and bar-tending services, rental clients must hire professional rental companies and approved caterers. They may apply through the Arboretum for permission from the University to hire a bar-tending service.

To reserve a venue, a client must sign a rental agreement and submit a non-refundable deposit equivalent to one-half of the rental fee. The balance of the fee is due thirty days before the date of the rental event.


Kate Reeder
Event and Marketing Coordinator
336 Forest Resources Building
University Park PA 16802-3604