The place for outdoor gatherings


Whether you’re interested in hosting your own private event or joining us for one of our highly-regarded community events, The Gardens is Northwest Indiana’s destination for gatherings inspired by nature.

Private event venue options

Celebration Pavilion

With stunning views of Lake Lucerne and its color-changing fountain, Celebration Pavilion is centrally located and is our most popular event venue, accommodating up to 250 guests.

Can accommodate food trucks.

Table and chair rental not included.

Price: $3,995


Symphony Garden

Featuring a beautiful reflection pool and fountains, Symphony Garden boasts a wide variety of plant species and is among  our most popular event venues.

Tables and chairs included at no additional cost.

Price: $2,400


Education Pavilion

Centrally located on The Celebration Loop, Education Pavilion is the perfect spot for smaller gatherings.

Can accommodate food trucks.

Price: $700


Upcoming Community Events

Drag Show & Disco Night (18+)

Drag Show & Disco Night (18+)

Come and enjoy an evening beginning with a fantastic group of drag kings and queens to entertain you, followed by dancing to your favorite disco tunes! Put on your 70’s outfit and boogie shoes! Doors open at 6, drag show begins at 7, and disco to follow!

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Live from New York: The Uptown Boys

Live from New York: The Uptown Boys

Live from Broadway, New York! The Swagger of Jersey Boys meets the legendary songbook of Billy Joel in two epic nights of entertainment at Friendship Botanic Gardens. Featuring two nights of entertainment: Thursday, July 28th from 7-9 PM and Friday, July 29th from 7-9 PM.

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Private Events
Inspired by nature

Let nature lift your spirits during your next event!  Host your private event in a breathtaking, natural setting.

Some of our most popular private events include:

  • Corporate retreats
  • Client or colleague recognition
  • Corporate picnics
  • Organizational milestones
  • Birthday parties
  • Anniversary parties
  • Graduation parties

We’re happy to extend a 20% discount to all certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Corporate Retreats


Leadership teams praise The Gardens for the peaceful environment we provide.  They tell us that their retreats are more focused, less stressful, and more productive as a result of having hosted them at The Gardens.

Regardless of your objective, be it strategic planning, leadership development, or team building; you’ll move the dial further when you host your retreat with us.

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