Fairchild Botanical Garden

Photo by Alisa Ferris

Location: 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156

Telephone: +1 305-667-1651

Type:  Tropical Botanic Garden


Established in 1938, the Fairchild Botanical Garden is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and global conservation. They are dedicated to exploring, explaining, and conserving the world of tropical plants. Fairchild currently has field programs in over 20 countries, including support to protected areas in  Africa and Madagascar and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Committed to providing you and your guests with the experience of a lifetime while giving something back to nature


Let your guests step into a whole different world at Fairchild Botanical Garden. And make them feel the urban world fade away. With multiple reception areas and outdoor spaces among our 83 acres, the possibilities are limitless. Unlike any other South Florida location, Fairchild is a beautiful botanical garden that showcases rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees, vines, lakes, and much more. 


At Fairchild, as a facilities rental venue, their focus is to provide couples and their guests with a breathtakingly beautiful location for their event, while giving them the freedom to choose the caterer and vendors to make it a customized event of their own. Say “I do” among 83 beautiful acres of lush foliage, punctuated by gorgeous water features, a coral rock grotto, and staircases surrounding a lovely lily pond. And when you have your wedding here, you also give something back to nature. You can feel good knowing that your rental fee helps support this nonprofit’s mission of promoting the conservation, use, study, understanding, and enjoyment of tropical plants.

Event Space: 

Bailey Palm Glade-

Capacity: 275 guests​

The most formal landscape feature in the area. This beautiful and charming setting overlooks two scenic lakes with tons of palm trees in the background. There is a grand limestone staircase where you can enter to your ceremony  going to a long grassy aisle that will surely create a dramatic and memorable entrance for your wedding. 

Historic Amphitheater-

Capacity: 250 guests​

The Amphitheater sits in a lush tropical coconut tree grove. This location is perfect for couples that wants to be surrounded by nature and greenery. It boasts a stunning limestone dais in the backdrop which makes a picturesque architecture for your wedding photos. 

Garden Club of America Amphitheater-

Capacity: 250 guests

The Garden Club of America Amphitheater is a timeless, iconic, intimate space, shaded by coconut palm trees and framed by beautiful  limestone. It is a space unlike any other.

Pandanus Lake Lawn-

Capacity: 150 guests

Pandanus Lake is both dreamy and the perfect location for a garden wedding. The glistening reflection of majestic palms and pandans on Pandanus Lake will surely make your night unforgettable. Step out onto the lake’s edge and share a special kiss as newly-weds under the stars!

Tropical Arboretum-

Capacity: 250 guests

A ceremony in the Tropical Arboretum ensures a magical, intimate experience as you and your special someone are surrounded by over 700 species of flowering trees from around the world. It’s what we call a canopy of love!

Allée & Overlook Vista-

Capacity: 80 guests

The journey down the tree-lined Allée, which culminates at the Overlook Vista — a magnificent keyhole setting that overlooks the entire Garden — is an experience unlike any other. It is equal parts romantic and awe-inspiring. It’s the perfect way to start forever.

Amazonica Pool Lawn-

Capacity: 200 guests

The Amazonica Pool is a uniquely beautiful location for your wedding ceremony. Here, as you share your vows, you’ll hear the gentle trickle of water falling onto the water garden, which features some of the rarest aquatic plants in the world. You’ll also be surrounded by our arid and succulent gardens, exotic vines and our Tropical Arboretum. It’s where the tropics and love come together!

Cycad Vista Lawn-

Capacity: 250 Guests

Cycad Vista is one of our most beautiful views in the Garden, and it culminates at the stunning Bailey Palm Glade. Listen as the Southeasterly winds rustle through the adjoining Rainforest’s canopy to create the epitome of a tropical soundscape. And, as you commence your journey as a couple, you’ll do so among our cycads, whose beauty and other-worldliness represent billions of years of botanical wonder.

Moos Sunken Garden-

A secret garden, this little gem is a natural Florida solution hole filled with cycads, aroids and magic. You’ll share your vows in front of a charming waterfall and, as you step out of the Sunken Garden, you’ll emerge a married couple!

Tropical Plant Conservatory & Rare Plant House-

Step inside the Tropical Plant Conservatory and Rare Plant House and enjoy an intimate space filled with some of the rarest plants in the world. At the center, you’ll find Dale Chihuly’s End of Day Tower, an exuberant sculpture to match the exuberance of your special day. 

‘Entrance’ in the Palmetum-

Aptly named, ‘Entrance’, this beautiful sculpture by artist Ilan Averbuch, sits on the Palmetum’s longest vista and is the perfect backdrop as you enter married life together. 

Ellipse Mosaic Patio & Staircase-

Capacity: 125 guests

Your friends and family will gather in the Ellipse Mosaic Patio to watch you say your “I Do’s” while flanked by a glorious coral rock staircase. A stairway to love, indeed!


Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center (Indoors)

Capacity: 200 guests

The Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center is inspired by the Garden’s classic Florida vernacular architecture. Tall ceilings, gallery windows and beautiful wood paneling create an intimate and dramatic space.

Garden House & Lawn

Capacity: 250 guests

The Garden House envelops the Garden and flows beautifully into the outdoors. Original terrazzo flooring and French doors and windows provide an open view of the expansive, manicured lawn flanked by our iconic Bismarckia palms and vibrant foliage beds.

Phillips Courtyard

Capacity: 40 guests

Named after the Garden’s landscape architect, Phillips Courtyard is a charming area featuring beautiful coral rock and surrounded by lush foliage and moss-laden oak trees that frame our Gatehouse, a stunning and classic Florida stone house. The site was the original 1938 entrance to Fairchild and anchors the stately Allée & Overlook.  

Glasshouse Café & Patio

Capacity: 85 guests

The beautiful Glasshouse Café has a breathtaking panoramic view of butterflies and hummingbirds in flight. Look up and you’ll see a stunning Dale Chihuly glass chandelier. French doors connect you to the lush foliage outdoors, charming bistro and nearby Rainforest.

Lakeside Marquee & Pandanus Lake Lawn

Capacity: 400 guests

The Lakeside Marquee and Pandanus Lake reception site is both dreamy and the perfect location for a fab garden wedding. The glistening reflection of towering palms and exotic pandans on Pandanus Lake will surely make your night unforgettable. Be sure to step out onto the lake’s edge and share a special kiss as newly-weds under the stars!

Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center Courtyard (Outdoors)

Capacity: 80 guests

Enjoy your reception al fresco within the beautiful coral rock courtyard of the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center. You’ll be surrounded by the lush foliage of the neighboring Tropical Arboretum while enjoying the romantic restraint of the Japanese water garden at the center.

Parking: Parking on the site is ample and free

Catering: BYO

Accommodations: Click HERE to view the 10 closest hotels near Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden  

Transportation: A car is recommended going to the venue as this is not easily accessible by public transportation

Here are some of our favorite shots from The Fairchild Botanical Garden from Miami Wedding Photographer, Alisa Ferris:

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