We currently host private events such as Wedding Ceremonies, Engagements/Proposals, and Memorial Services. We are unable to accommodate events that include food, drinks, or games (e.g., birthdays, baby showers) or require extensive setups. If you have questions about a special event concept, please contact us.

For “after hours” private event inquiries, please email us at:


Private events at Shinzen Garden are limited to 100 guests. The garden features a variety of curated scenes with architectural and sculptural elements, providing a beautiful backdrop for your special event. Several areas are available, with the final choice dependent on logistics. For events with more than 100 guests, please contact us.

Events are scheduled during normal garden visiting hours. Our booking calendar operates on a “first-come, first-served” basis, and we book only ONE EVENT per date/time. Note that other patrons may be present in the garden during your event.


STEP 1: Check the online calendar in the “Choose Appointment/Private Events” section to see if your desired date and time are available. Events are booked on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Please do not book your event until after completing a scheduled sitewalk with our staff.

STEP 2: Our offices are located off-site. Schedule a garden sitewalk, and we will meet you at the garden to discuss event options. Sitewalk appointments can be booked online. We are available Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM, or you can call about event questions at 559.840.1264.

STEP 3: After completing the garden sitewalk, return to this page and book your event on the “PRIVATE EVENTS” appointment calendar. Include a minimum $150 non-refundable deposit to guarantee your date/time. We do not double-book events. Dates/times not appearing in the calendar are already booked. The Garden will be in a reasonably clean state, considering its natural outdoor setting. You are responsible for leaving the Shinzen Garden in the same condition as found and ensuring the safety and well-being of your guests. Photos may be used to assess any additional cleaning fees if necessary.

STEP 4: Complete and submit the following three documents prior to having your event approved:

    • Download, complete, and return our Rental Agreement form.
    • Download, complete, and return the City of Fresno’s “Hold Harmless & Insurance Requirement” form.
    • Submit a One Day Insurance “Rider” Policy as specified in the City of Fresno’s “Hold Harmless & Insurance Requirement.” You can use your insurance provider or go to:

STEP 5: If hiring a professional photographer, please apply for a photo permit HERE. A photo permit is not required if family or friends are taking photos during your event.


  • The Ume Grove View (10-15 guests) is an intimate picturesque garden spot that has meandering paths and winding waterways. See our Virtual Tour (VR) to explore this location HERE.
  • The Autumn View (up to 50 guests) offers your guests a backdrop of glowing fall foliage of Chinese pistachio and ginkgo trees, not to mention the wonderful Woodward Lake. Explore VR HERE.
  • The Koi Pond and Waterfall View (up to 100 guests) allow guests to gaze out over the Koi Pond and the waterfall. Your guest and photographers will have plenty of perspectives to capture your event. Explore VR HERE
  • The Double Moon Bridge View (up to 60 guests) located on the North side of the KOI POND offering your guests a perfect view of the Double Moon Bridge and Koi Pond and Woodward Lake in the distances.
  • Sago Forest and Waterfall View (up to 100 guests) is a spectacular spread of sago palms, meandering paths and the serene sound of waterfalls that encircle this area. Explore VR HERE

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