Choose the Arboretum for Your Wedding

Located on 400 stunning acres that reflect the natural beauty of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Adkins Arboretum provides the perfect setting for weddings of all sizes. Whether you are looking to say “I do” under a canopy of trees, sip cocktails on the bridge, or dance beneath the stars, nature lovers will enjoy choosing from a variety of scenic landscapes to celebrate their big day. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help throughout the Arboretum experience.


Location Options

Pavilion
Featuring arched wooden beams and set against a forest backdrop, the pavilion boasts 1,710 square feet and can hold up to 125 people (additional space available with tent rental). The pavilion overlooks the Arboretum’s South Meadow, which offers an ever-changing display of lush native grasses and meadow plants. Nearby bridges, boardwalks, and a pergola make for memorable photographs


Gallery
Located in the Arboretum Visitor's Center, this inside space is perfect for smaller gatherings of up to 50 people. Central air, carpeting, wi-fi, and restrooms are available, as are tables, chairs, and quality audio-visual equipment. An ongoing series of artwork on natural themes by regional artists is on exhibit throughout the year. Measures 26’ x 26’.


Pergola
Our open pergola features wooden beams and gorgeous paver stones interlaid with brick. Supporting columns are ideal for decorating, and fairy lights entwine the rafters. The pergola overlooks native meadows and adjoins the Arboretum Visitor's Center and gallery.  Measures 27’ x 22’.


Wetland Boardwalk
A truly unique setting, the wetland boardwalk provides its own springtime serenade of native frogs. Red-winged blackbirds, butterflies, and the occasional heron may join your guests as you celebrate. The wetland boardwalk is located alongside the entrance to the Visitor Center. Measures approximately 27’ x 26’.


Entrance Bridge
The entrance bridge spans the Arboretum’s wetland, where cattails, black alders, bald cypress, and other native plants provide shelter for a variety of wildlife. This unique site could be the setting of an impressive banquet or promenade. Measures 179’ x 10’.


Magic Meadow
Located across from the Visitor’s Center, the Magic Meadow is an ideal location to admire the sunset or a multitude of evening stars. A tented event in the meadow could easily accommodate 250 guests. The native grasses that surround this cleared space are lushly green at the height of summer and golden in the fall.
 


Picnic Tables
With a view of forest on one side and meadow on the other, the six wooden picnic tables located at the entrance to the woodland paths are crafted of cedar and can seat up to 36. In addition to their proximity to the paths, the tables are just a short walk from both the Visitor's Center and the pavilion.


Woodland Theatre
This rustic woodland theatre, located along the Arboretum’s woodland paths, offers log seating for 20 and a hand-hewn podium. The theatre is surrounded by young forest comprised of pine, sweetgum, and oaks with a mossy floor. In early May, pink lady slipper flowers bloom just down the path.


A golf cart and driver are available to transport guests upon request. Plentiful parking is convenient to all locations. Adkins Arboretum is a proud supporter of marriage equality.

Fees

•       $2,000 wedding rate (includes use of the facility from 3 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday; only one wedding will be booked per weekend. Rates may vary somewhat depending upon wedding particulars.)

For more information, contact Jenny Houghton directly at jhoughton@adkinsarboretum.org or 410-634-2847, ext. 23.