During the first 2 weeks of February, 2015, a number of urban centers in North America registered the coldest temperatures on record in 21 years. Fortunately, despite the bone-chilling temperatures, event planners can still give guests a welcome break from the deep free. Here are 4 event venues that offer a tropical oases right in the heart of the city.
Planterra Conservatory (Michigan)
Located in the Greater Detroit area, this 11,000-square-foot, glass enclosed oasis is ideal for galas, weddings and any event where you want to give guests a break from the winter chill. With a capacity of 180, this lush venue features a living wall, koi ponds and dramatic archways.
The 8 indoor event spaces at Chicago Botanic Garden can cater to everything from a small meeting for 12 in the Green Leaf Boardroom to a cocktail reception for 350 in the McGinley Pavilion. Nichols Hall has a 2 level skylight and space for 300 guests for a sit-down dinner.
Centennial Park Conservatory (Toronto)
With 3 greenhouses filled with a variety of blooming flowers, plants, stone waterfalls, and ponds, Centennial Park Conservatory in Toronto's West end is a perfect setting for small special events and weddings. The best news is it's wheel chair accessible.
This lush, climate-controlled venue, with over 650 tropical plants, is available from 4 to 7 for small receptions, weddings and corporate events. A waterfall and free flying birds create a truly tropical ambiance; guests will quickly forget that it's freezing outside.
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Photo Credit: Planterra Conservatory