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The United States National Arboretum

2400 R Street, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002

1500Largest Group
7Meeting Rooms
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  • Guests arrive at US Arboretum Capitol Columns for Cocktail Recption Guests arrive at US Arboretum Capitol Columns for Cocktail Recption

  • Guest enjoying the historic US Arboretum Capitol ColumnsGuest enjoying the historic US Arboretum Capitol Columns

  • Cocktail Reception in the US Arboretum Capitol ColumnsCocktail Reception in the US Arboretum Capitol Columns

  • Weddings at the United States National ArboretumWeddings at the United States National Arboretum

  • Weddings at the United States National ArboretumWeddings at the United States National Arboretum

  • The Arboretum is the perfect wedding venueThe Arboretum is the perfect wedding venue

  • Cocktail Reception in the US Arboretum Capitol ColumnsCocktail Reception in the US Arboretum Capitol Columns

  • Engagement at the United States National ArboretumEngagement at the United States National Arboretum

  • Tea Party in the National Herb Garden Tea Party in the National Herb Garden

  • Tea Party in the National Herb Garden Tea Party in the National Herb Garden

  • Tea Party in the National Herb Garden Tea Party in the National Herb Garden

  • Dinner Guest boarding the tram for a pre-dinner tour of the ArboretumDinner Guest boarding the tram for a pre-dinner tour of the Arboretum

  • Private tram tours available with event space rentalPrivate tram tours available with event space rental

  • 55-passenger tram is the perfect way to see the Arboretum's Major Collections55-passenger tram is the perfect way to see the Arboretum's Major Collections

  • Al Fresca Dining in the Herb GardenAl Fresca Dining in the Herb Garden

  • Beautiful Place Settings in the Herb GardenBeautiful Place Settings in the Herb Garden

  • Dinner in the Shadows of the Capitol ColumnsDinner in the Shadows of the Capitol Columns

  • Columns Illuminated for Guests as the Sun SetsColumns Illuminated for Guests as the Sun Sets

  • Circular Herb Garden Perfect for Pre-Dinner Cocktail ReceptionCircular Herb Garden Perfect for Pre-Dinner Cocktail Reception

  • The Heart of the National Herb Garden is the Ten Theme Gardens The Heart of the National Herb Garden is the Ten Theme Gardens

  • Youth Garden Pavilion includes Picnic Benches and ChalkboardsYouth Garden Pavilion includes Picnic Benches and Chalkboards

  • Washington Youth Garden is a Perfect Location for Relaxed Picnic EventWashington Youth Garden is a Perfect Location for Relaxed Picnic Event

  • Youth Garden is Perfect Setting for Family EventsYouth Garden is Perfect Setting for Family Events

  • Visitor's Center Lobby can Accommodate 50 Seated/80 ReceptionVisitor's Center Lobby can Accommodate 50 Seated/80 Reception

  • The Center is Mid-Century Modern Architeture,  Lobby Overlooks Seasonal GardensThe Center is Mid-Century Modern Architeture, Lobby Overlooks Seasonal Gardens

  • Elegant Setting Combined with Arboretum Tour Turns Average Dinner into WOW eventElegant Setting Combined with Arboretum Tour Turns Average Dinner into WOW event

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  • Overview
The National Arboretum, located in Northeast Washington at Bladensburg Road and New York Avenue, is a 446-acre US Department of Agriculture research facility. This living museum is home to world-renowned flora collections, including azaleas, daffodils, daylilies, boxwood, dogwood, holly, magnolia, and maple trees. Major garden features include: aquatic plants; the Asian Collection; the Fern Valley Native Plant Collections; the Flowering Tree Collection; the Flowering Tree Walk; the Friendship Garden; the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum; the National Grove of State Trees; and the National Herb Garden. Of course, for many Washingtonians, the feature most widely recognized and beloved is the National Columns display, the original columns of the US Capitol that reach to the skies above the Grand Meadow.

The arboretum has a wide arrange of open space, but venue locations have been narrowed down for rental options: Herb Garden, Aquatic Garden Patio, Arboretum Center Patio, Capitol Columns, Arbor House Patio and of course, the National Columns. The Herb Garden, the largest of its kind in the US, is perfect for large reception dinners, farm to table dinners or tea parties. The two available patios are ideal to tent for seated dinners and can accommodate up to 300 people. Both patios are conveniently located next to the mid-century modern-designed Arboretum Visitors Center. The Arbor House Patio overlooks the Friendship Garden and Fern Valley and is the perfect setting for a smaller intimate dinner. For company picnic or events with families, the Youth Garden is a fun option. This community garden includes a small pavilion with picnic tables and plenty of rooms for children’s games. Finally, the Capitol Columns, a “must” for any Arboretum event, whether the setting for cocktails, passed desserts or an evening’s light show finale. The evocative Columns transport you from modern day Washington to Ancient Greece, the birthplace of democracy. 

Rental fees depend on the space used by groups. Event space is rented through the Friends of the National Arboretum and managed by the event firm, McNeese Thomas Group (www.mcneesethomasgroup.com). All space rental is tax-deductible. For more information on pricing and availalbity contact Courtney McNeese. Site visits are arranged and run through McNeese Thomas Group.
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Reagan National, Baltimore Washington, Dulles / 15
Public Transportation Options:
Taxi
Bus
Metro
Lyft
Uber
Metro/Public Transportation Proximity:
Within a Short Drive
Parking Onsite:
Yes
Parking:
Fee
Largest Group:
1500
Number of Meeting & Event Rooms:
7
Cultural Catering Available:
Yes
Alcohol Permitted:
Yes
Ropes Course / Team Building:
yes
Phone:
202.297.6427
Ideally suited for:
Corporate Social Events
Leisure travel
Meetings/Conferences/Trainings
Outdoor Event Space
Reunions
Social/Special events
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions

Talk to a Venue Specialist: 1-877-244-6110