Summer at Hoyt Arboretum

Hoyt Arboretum Friends (HAF) is a membership-based, nonprofit organization working in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation to support Hoyt Arboretum.

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Green Weddings at Hoyt Arboretum

If you are interested in having your wedding in a lovely outdoor setting like the Hoyt Arboretum, you may be interested in ideas for a "green" wedding -- in other words, an event that doesn't come at the expense of the environment. Few events offer as many opportunities to make caring choices than a wedding. At an average cost of $25,000 to $30,000, weddings can have significant effects, and these need not be harmful to the environment .  

Here are some ideas for alternative choices  which may be more eco-friendly than many of the more traditional wedding elements:

  • Use local and seasonal flowers for the bride's bouquet and decorations instead of burning fuel transporting flowers from other states or countries.
  • Design the menu using local, organic foods in season.
  • Search for web sites offering biodegradable plates and napkins, organically grown flowers and food, and use tablecloths made from organic cotton.
  • Find vintage clothes to avoid the waste of wedding gowns and suits that will never be worn again.
  • Find venues and caterers who recycle.
  • Decorate with potted plants that can be transplanted instead of thrown away after one use.
  • Use soy-based candles, rather than those made of petroleum-based wax.
  • Purchase locally brewed beer and organic wine.
  • Look for rings that are 100 percent reclaimed, recycled, ecologically responsible gold.
  • Use mass transit or shuttle buses that run on bio-diesel fuel to move guests between sites.
  • In lieu of traditional gifts, ask guests to sign up for renewable energy and reforestation projects.
  • Purchase small, native plants to give as favors to guests.
  • Calculate the mileage guests will travel and offset their carbon emissions by donating to places like Hoyt Arboretum that plant trees or preserve rain forests.

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Wedding Meadow at Hoyt Arboretum

The Wedding Meadow is located off the Arboretum’s Spruce Trail, about 1/3 mile from the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center. It is a rustic setting away from the main roads, with no buildings or structures visible.

Features:

  • Capacity: 100 people.
  • Vehicle access is available for delivery of items such as canopies, chairs, tables, and port-a-potties rented from outside sources.
  • ADA accessible: No, but elderly and disabled persons may be driven down on the access road, Bray Lane.
  • No electricity, water or bathroom facilities available. It is possible to rent portable toilets at your own expense, or your party may use the restrooms at the Visitor Center.
  • Rental proceeds support the Hoyt Arboretum plant collections and programs and Portland Parks and Recreation.

Rental Fees