When one hears the words "garden parties," images of hats, gloves, music, party goers sipping tea and cool drinks in a stunning setting come to mind. Some garden parties also have fashion shows and charity cake auctions. Typically, garden parties are summer events. Winter garden parties are special events that add the sparkle that participants at conferences, business meetings and corporate events need to make it through the final weeks of winter. Here are some spectacular event venues that will help bring any garden party to life.Winter Garden, World Financial Center, New York City
Fully restored and recovered from the damage on 9/11, Winter Garden is in the heart of the financial district. This 3-level event venue encased in glass provides the perfect vantage point from which to view the World Trade Center take shape. It also offers panoramic views of the Hudson River. The grand, Italian marble staircase leads to a grove of 45-foot palm trees. The 120-square-foot atrium is a lovely location for garden parties during New York City's frosty winter months.Floral Hall, Toronto Botanical Gardens
With a 16 - 20-foot ceiling, skylights, natural stone walls, and espaliered fruit trees, Floral Hall is the perfect backdrop for winter garden parties in Toronto. Floral Hall has a capacity of 350 for receptions and 240 for seated events.Atrium, Toronto Zoo
The Atrium at the Toronto Zoo is one of the city's best-kept secrets. This indoor event venue can accommodate up to 12 people for receptions, business meetings and garden parties.Greenhouse De Arendshoeve, The Netherlands
An oasis in the heart of Randstad.This covered botanical garden can accommodate up to 1,500 for receptions and 1,000 for dinner.Winter Gardens & Glasshouses, Glasgow
Glasgow actually has four greenhouses that are available for special events. Winter Gardens at Glasgow Green, the Glasshouse at Queen's Park, Kibble Palace at the Botanic Gardens. and Winter Gardens at Tollhouse Park.
Winter Gardens at Glasgow Green is the largest venue with a capacity of 200 for seated functions and 450 for stand-up receptions and events.The Terrace, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Australia
The Terrace has enough space for 400 for receptions and 220 for a sit-down event with a dance floor or fashion show runway.
Greenhouse Loft is located in the Chicago's Green Exchange, opened in 1913 as the factory for Vassar Swiss Ribbed Suits for Gentleman. This loft Chicago's has a number of special event venues that are suitable for winter garden parties. There is the gardenside, floor-to-ceiling Glasshouse extension, and the 8,000-square-foot organic sky garden. When you're looking for a venue for a winter garden party in the windy city, you can look forward to hosting events at Greenhouse loft.
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