As the season for outdoor events draws to a close, event planners face the challenge of bringing nature indoors. There is no better venue for doing this than a greenhouse.
Inspiration: Let's begin with:
Brussels, Belgium: Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
Set on 6 acres of immaculately groomed gardens, the royal greenhouses typify 19th-century European architecture.
The greenhouses and gardens are owned by the royal family and used for state occasions like royal weddings. They are open to the public for 2 weeks every year.
Greenhouses can also add a special touch to corporate events. Some of the benefits of using greenhouses include:
- Saving time and money on decor and set-up.
- A natural environment to relax participants.
- Flexibility. Greenhouses are appropriate for events ranging from casual gatherings to formal galas.
Here are just a few greenhouses that are available for corporate events.
Berlin, Germany: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
The 16 house greenhouse complex sits on 126 acres.
- Chicago, Illinois: Lincoln Park Conservatory
- Grand Rapids, Michigan: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park The 132 acre Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park incorporates Holton Victorian Conservatory with fountains, sculptures and space for up to 70 guests, and Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory, a waterfall venue that can accommodate 30 guests.
- Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Botanical Garden There are a number of greenhouses and pavilions available for events.
- Niagara Region, Ontario: Niagara Parks Greenhouse
- Newmarket, Ontario Masden's Greenhouse (North of Toronto near my neighborhood).
Finally here is something really different to spark your creativity:
New York City: Greenhouse Night Club
This "deconstructed greenhouse" is an eco-friendly, bi-level venue creates the essence of a greenhouse through vegetation, lighting and decor. 5,000 crystals suspended from the ceiling emulate rolling hills. Panoramas display lush natural scenery.
Greenhouses come in all shapes, sizes and budgets. All it takes is a little bit of persistence and a lot of creativity to discover one near you.