San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
Education Center

For your event, enjoy our naturally elegant, environmentally-friendly Education Center on 150-acres of open space. The 2,140 square foot building and surrounding garden courtyard artfully blends sustainability and function. This beautiful venue is comfortable for guests in audience style seating for 150, dinner seating for 96, or as many as 200 for cocktails and appetizers.

  • 12 round tables or 10 rectangular tables, 100 cushioned chairs

  • ADA-Compliant Restrooms

  • Built-in projector screen

  • Commercial Kitchen

Rental Packages

Wedding + Reception
Facility use for 6 hours: $2599
Facility use for 12 hours: $4999

Weekday Rentals
Facility use for 4 hours: $499
Facility use for 8 hours: $899

Weekend Rentals
Facility use for 4 hours: $699
Facility use for 8 hours: $1299

Weekday: $1499
Weekend: $2999

Member, business partner, and nonprofit discounts available.

Disclaimer: A refundable security deposit of $200 will be collected for all bookings. Security deposit and 50% of total cost will be collected to book event, remaining 50% will be collected 30 days prior to event. Security fees not included. Prices and information on this website are provided for informational purposes. Prices, facilities, and other details are subject to change.

Our building is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification standards thanks to the help of local college students. This design provides for 85% of heating and 95% of cooling needs without consuming any energy.

Meeting Green Building Standards:

  • Double-pane windows on south-facing walls allow in light and winter sun for heat.

  • Rice straw bales insulation in walls and ceilings slow temperature change.

  • Thick stucco walls, water tanks, and concrete floors slow temperature change.

  • Clerestory windows atop the Pavilion to provide light and air circulation.

  • Solar panels to capture the sun’s energy and provide most electrical needs.

  • Roof overhangs to shade windows from summer sun.


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Microphone, speaker, projector: $40

For more information about renting our facility, email