The Perfect Place for Private Events


With over 100 acres of landscaped and wooded areas for you and your guests to enjoy, private events at The Gardens are truly magical.

Our event planning professionals take care of all of the details so you can focus on creating a special day.

Book Your Private Event


Fill out the form below and let us know how to get in touch with you.

Our Event Coordinator will contact you within one business day to answer any questions you may have and help you complete your venue reservation.

 Meet Your Event Coordinator

Ashley Neil

Planning your special event can quickly become overwhelming – we can help.  More than 65 couples choose to tie the knot at The Gardens each year.  As a result, we have a lot of experience helping organizations and individuals customize their event experience.  That’s where our Ashley shines.

A La Porte native, Ashley’s love of event coordination began at the age of 10 when her father returned home from a business trip with a wedding magazine.  Ashley recalls pouring over that magazine from cover to cover countless times and cites it as the origin of her passion for creating amazing event experiences.

Since 2014, Ashley has dedicated her professional life to shaping memorable and compelling experiences through events; the majority of which have been weddings.  She holds a degree in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management from Indiana University.

Beyond helping to shape your perfect event, Ashley will also match you up with highly regarded event professionals, from catering to entertainment and everything in between, throughout the Chicagoland area who augment our incredible venues to make your day even more memorable.

When she’s not fulfilling her dream job, Ashley loves exploring Northwest Indiana in search of novel restaurants and craft breweries that serve as inspiration for creations in her own kitchen, typically while jamming out to music from artists like Fleetwood Mac and Eminem.

We’re sure you have questions, so don’t hesitate to reach out.  We can’t wait to help you make your event magical for you and all of your guests!

Friendship Botanic Gardens Wedding Coordinator Ashley Babcock

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