Event Venues

Rental Pricing 

Frequently Asked Questions about Rental Venues


The Overlook Pavilion offers a relaxing spot from which to enjoy sweeping views in two directions.

Event Spaces in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens


Looking toward the Overlook Pavilion, the Arboretum's prime event space, from above the Event Lawn.

There are several outdoor event spaces for rent in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens for occasions such as wedding ceremonies, catered business events, private gatherings such as graduation celebrations and family reunions, and catered academic functions, such as conference receptions. The Arboretum does not rent venues for wedding receptions.


Our primary rental season is from May 16 through September 30 because strong winds are prevalent outside these dates. If you wish to rent any of the event venues in April, the first half of May, and October you may do so with the understanding that you are responsible for procuring an alternate indoor venue if inclement weather threatens your comfort or safety in the botanic gardens. We do not rent garden venues from November through March.


If the services of a caterer will be required for your event, you may choose to hire Penn State Hospitality Services, Penn State Campus Catering, or a caterer from Penn State's list of non-University caterers. Caterers can often recommend local rental companies that can provide furnishings. All furnishings for events held in the Arboretum must be provided by a professional rental company.


To obtain date availability and rental fees, and to schedule events and organized activities, please contact the Arboretum's event and marketing coordinator:

Kate Reeder
Event and Marketing Coordinator

The Arboretum at Penn State
The Pennsylvania State University
336 Forest Resources Building
University Park PA 16802-3604

Phone: 814-863-8690
Email: kkr1@psu.edu

Garden Tours

To schedule a tour, please contact Nancy Stoner at nas26@psu.edu or call 814-867-4262.

Thank you!



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