The Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH), is located on the edge of the University of Washington campus very close to University Village, and is one of the rental venue locations of the UW Botanic Gardens. (The other rental space is the Washington Park Arboretum located a few miles away.) Surrounded by 16 acres of gardens, including a beautiful fragrance garden and natural area, CUH is an unparalleled venue in the heart of Seattle.

The Center for Urban Horticulture offers several rental spaces for meetings, classes, social events and weddings from 20 to 200 guests indoor and a large outdoor event lawn perfect for 350 guests. Outdoor space is also accessible by food trucks, can easily be tented, and offers many areas for lunches or wedding photos. Ample parking is readily available.  Some more about our specific spaces below:

Interior Rental Space at the Center for Urban Horticulture Includes:

NHS HALL (Northwest Horticultural Society)

  • Main conference and reception hall
  • Seated up to 200
  • Reception-style up to 300
  • Theater-style up to 200
  • Classroom-style up to 120
  • Can be partitioned into three separate rooms (and rented separately)

Opens onto McVay Courtyard and the glass-enclosed structure called the Commons.leah-max-wedding_083015_098


  • Seats 12
  • Overlooks the Soest Herbaceous Display Garden
  • Entry foyer with small sink and counter space for catering

Isaacson boardroom


  • Classroom 24
  • Seated 35
  • View of McVay Courtyard and Event Lawn
  • Opens onto McVay Courtyard



  • Seated 40
  • Classroom-style 48
  • Theater-style, up to 60
  • Located in the Douglas Conservatory it opens to an atrium with tropical plants and fountain
  • Perfect for more casual or classroom-style
  • Features polished concrete flooring and classroom desks.
  • White board and built-in projector


For more information about renting space, please contact the rental facility office at 206.221.2500 or via email at:

Outdoor Rental Space at the Center for Urban Horticulture Includes:

160807_0148popcap160807_0065popcapCUH EVENT LAWN  Outdoor event space for 350 is a rare commodity in Seattle, particularly when you have parking! This expansive lawn sits adjacent to Goodfellow Grove and is the perfect space for tenting, bouncy toys volleyball or outdoor ceremonies. Just steps away from NHS Hall.

merrill-commons-low-resMERRILL COMMONS  This beautiful glass-enclosed atrium-like space can hold 80 seated for a ceremony, 60 in rounds for a dinner or luncheon, or used as additional space or break-out sessions for meetings, DJ and bands for social events or catering/bar for events. This space is available as an addition when renting NHS Hall.

t-j-getting-ready-60MCVAY COURTYARD  The large double doors of NHS Hall open onto McVay Courtyard, one of the beautiful garden areas at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Groups often stage tables and chairs around the space for additional seating, or as a great location for tray-passing appetizers and beverages.

isbell-8072GOODFELLOW GROVE  This lovely grove of trees is steps away from the Event Lawn. It offers room for more than 100 under its canopy of trees. Perfect for wedding ceremonies, this is also a great location for farm-to-table dinners, outdoor receptions, and beautiful first look photos.

THE SOEST LAWN  Just below Soest Garden is a softly sloping grassy lawn that is great for up to 50 guests. Suited for small weddings or perhaps picnics or tailgating, the Knoll is a lovely location for an all-outdoor event.



SOEST GARDEN  This beautiful and fragrant curated garden is home to more than 200 plants. At its center is a soothing fountain surrounded by landscaping that is incredible year-round. Cocktail rounds can make it a great party spot and it offers some seclusion to stop and smell the flowers.



For more information about renting space, please contact the rental facility office at 206.221.2500 or via email at:

For weddings cal 206.616.9113 or email: 



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