Weddings & Large Events
"Viles Arboretum was a perfect location for our wedding celebration."
Viles Arboretum features dozens of gardens, fields, woodlands, and over 20 botanical collections for your ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception. We can host any number of people you wish to invite to this special day, and we feature several locations for your tent set-up. Located near downtown Augusta, Viles Arboretum is the perfect location for your special day, featuring indoor and outdoor spaces for any wedding format at competitive pricing. We are a DIY wedding facility, not a full service wedding venue. Inquiries can be directed to
The ceremony and reception spaces listed below are our recommendations, but we highly encourage couples to set-up a tour so we can customize your special day to meet your needs.
Celebrate while supporting a local non-profit
High-speed internet access
Indoor & outdoor setting
Prices are negotiable
4.9 miles to I-95 N/S
Easily accessible to area restaurants & hotels
Chairs & tables available
Trash disposal on site
Just a short walk from Viles Pond, the rock garden is for those seeking a quiet and pleasing landscape of woody plants and flowers set within a birch stand.
Heritage Apple Orchard
Featuring unique apple varieties from around New England, this space is perfect for a springtime ceremony set within a blanket of stunning fragrant flowers.
Overlooking a fantastic piece of stone art, the rock wall abuts a large, flat, section of protruding bedrock featuring granite benching and, depending on the time of year, day lilies!
Food & Forest Collection
Native perennial flowers, trees, and woodland shrubs adorn our newest collection, which is designed to demonstrate permaculture. Oh...and it has a willow tunnel! Perfect for the bridal procession!
Green Ash Collection
A vast stand of tall and looming ash trees provides the perfect shady cover for a hot summer day. This collection abuts a grassy field teeming with wildlife.
Urban Forest Collection
One of our most popular collections for events, this space is preferred for it's proximity to the Visitor Center/parking and its flat, grassy terrain.
Outdoor Reception Spaces
Set-up an event tent for dinner, cocktail hour, or late night dancing.
Set deep within the Arboretum in front of the historic Governors Grove, this field abuts a collection of Eastern White Pines planted for each of Maine's Governors. Bring generators and bathrooms. Easy parking.
Visitor Center Courtyard
Set behind our Visitor Center, this space can accommodate a large event tent while ensuring easy access to parking, bathrooms, water, electricity, and indoor spaces. This space sits adjacent to our Food & Forest Gardens.
Indoor Reception Spaces
Perfect for a small formal dinner, cocktail hour, or late night dancing.
New in 2021, our Education Center features a beautiful timber-frame construction, cement floors, a second floor VIP loft, and large windows & doors that open to the gardens below. Set-up a tent in the Visitor Center Courtyard and host your entire celebration in one convenient location.