Choose the Arboretum for Your Wedding

Photos: (L) Seth Alexander, Strands of Light Photography; (C) Paige Elizabeth Photography

Located on 400 stunning acres that reflect the natural beauty of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Adkins Arboretum provides the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies and photo shoots. Whether you're looking to say “I do” under a canopy of trees or on our meadow platform, 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.

Policies and Fees

  • Your $750 site rental fee includes four hours for setup/rehearsal and four hours on the day of the wedding for a ceremony and photo shoot.
  • Ceremonies, rehearsals, and photo shoots must end a half hour before sunset.
  • The fee to have a two-hour photo shoot (no ceremony) at the Arboretum is $250.
  • Wedding ceremonies and photo shoots must be scheduled in advance. Please contact Jenny Houghton at or 410-634-2847 ext. 23 to check availability and to schedule a site visit.

Location Options

Featuring arched wooden beams and set against a forest backdrop, the pavilion is 33’ x 44’ 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

Located in the Arboretum’s 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’.

Our open pergola features wooden beams and gorgeous paver stones interlaid with brick. Supporting columns are ideal for decorating. The pergola overlooks native meadows and adjoins the Arboretum’s 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 celebration. The wetland boardwalk is located alongside the entrance to the Visitor’s 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 provides guests with a prime view of the wetland boardwalk. Measures 179’ x 10’.

Photo: Paige Elizabeth Photography

Magic Meadow
Located across from the Visitor’s Center, the Magic Meadow is an ideal location for a large ceremony. The native grasses that surround this cleared space are lushly green at the height of summer and golden in the fall. Smaller ceremonies are welcome on the meadow platform, which seats up to 25.

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.