Venue Reservations

Request a Reservation

Host your next event in a lush oasis in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. From intimate weddings to conferences, the UCLA Botanical Garden is a unique and memorable venue for your special occasion. Explore our spaces below, and please note that the largest event we can accommodate is ~125 guests.

  • For Venue Reservation Requests: Fill out the form below and we’ll be happy to assist you with choosing the right venue for your event. Our team will send you a quote within 24-48 hours. Please make sure to input the appropriate hours for set-up and cleanup (1 hour before and 1 hour after event). The time you book represents the entire duration that your party will have access to the space. Please advise caterers to arrive no sooner than the start of your booking.
  • To see the Private Events & Garden Weddings Brochure, click here.
  • You do not need to be affiliated with UCLA to utilize these spaces.

Reservation requests must be made at least 2 weeks before the event. Reservation requests not affiliated with UCLA should be made a month in advance. Venue availability is not guaranteed.  

Events at venues within Garden gates (at Jewell Terrace and The Nest) must end at or before 4pm (Nov – Jan), 5pm (Feb – Oct). Special events excluded. 

The Process

  • Step 1

    Fill out the form at the bottom of this page. Please include set-up and break-down times. The time you book represents the entire duration that your party will have access to the space.

  • Step 2

    Our team will reply back within 1-2 business days from your request. We will let you know if the venue is available at the time of the request and provide you with a custom rental quote.

  • Step 3

    Once details have been finalized and you’ve confirmed your custom quote, our team will send you the agreement and invoice. Once this is signed, a confirmation email with additional venue information will be sent. This finalizes your reservation with us. You will receive PDFs regarding parking, approved vendors, payment instructions, sustainability guidelines, and more.

La Kretz Garden Pavilion (LKGP)

A stunning, bright, hybrid venue space with furniture that can be configured for a variety of uses. Comes setup as two rooms (100, 101) with 6 tables tables per room. Rooms can be rented individually or together. Additional tables and seats are available and can be setup for panel discussions, theater style for speakers, or any setup you like for parties or meetings (renter is responsible for returning furniture to original positions).  

Glass exterior walls can be opened for a true pavilion style or combined with the Courtyard (Herbert Plaza) for a larger space. A divider wall can be contracted to connect Room 100 and Room 101 into a single, open, curved space.

If interested in renting the Prep Kitchen, reservation of Room 101 is required.

Herbert Plaza (add-on)

A large circular outdoor area that is encircled by the garden pavilion and adjacent to the garden patio and the garden itself.  The surrounding areas are beautifully landscaped with a variety of native plants and there is a tree that sits in the center of the space.  The majority of the space is gravel with some concrete hardscaping near the pavilion. Due to gravel, this space is not available during the rainy season. Client needs to provide all additional rentals. Electrical outlets are available. (Only as an add on to at least one LKGP room, will be automatically added to any LKGP room reservation.)

Park’s Patio

A naturally shaded outdoor space with gorgeous teak furniture. A lush location for a reception with no need for rental furniture. A wonderful addition to a larger reservation to enjoy an outdoor meal. Conveniently located just outside La Kretz Garden Pavilion and feet away from Herbert Plaza. 

Jewell Terrace

Located inside the Botanical Garden along the Stream, Jewell Terrace is a serene and intimate space for smaller gatherings. Three round teak tables with benches are included. Umbrellas are up in the summer months. No electricity is available. This space is typically only available to rent during regular garden hours, though some exceptions may be made. 

(Please note: Due to the Garden’s gravel pathways, it’s highly recommended to bring crates/ boxes with you to carry food to your event.)

The Nest Amphitheater

An outdoor amphitheater in the garden with 3 rows of seating.  A gorgeous space surrounded by vibrant plants beneath a Gingko biloba tree. This space is typically only available to rent during regular garden hours, though some exceptions may be made.

Courses listed through UCLA’s Registered Office may reserve this space for a class time without a rental fee, but a reservation is required. 

Sustainability Event Resources

As guests of UCLA, we request that you follow our sustainability policies, including our transition away from single-use plastics and green events guides. Your collaboration goes a long way in helping UCLA reach our sustainability goals. (UCLA Policy 809 )

Please see our Green Events Resources List for approved zero-waste catering services, sustainable serviceware options, and more!

Additional Resources For You

  • 3 large a-frames with liquid chalk markers
  • 3 white foldable tables
  • 3 cocktail tables
  • 1 portable speaker with mic
  • 2 wireless mics
  • 16 tall metal chairs
  • To see the Garden Map, click here.
  • To see the Parking Map with parking information, click here.

(Please input what resources you would like to reserve under the comment section of your request.)

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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