Our Private Events are currently limited to Wedding Ceremonies, Engagements/Proposals and Memorial Services. We are not able to accommodate events such as baby showers, birthdays or other events that include food & drinks. If you have questions about a special event idea please contact us.


Shinzen Garden has a variety of curated scenes with a combination of architectural and sculptural features that offers a beautiful backdrop for your special event! Several areas are open for consideration, limited only by logistics. NOTE: currently private events are limit of 50 guests.

Events are scheduled during normal Garden hours. This means there may be patrons enjoying the Garden during your event that are not part of your group.




STEP 1: Check the online calendar, found below in the Choose Appointment/Private Events, to see if the date/time of your desired event is available. We recommend that you do NOT book your event until your have completed a scheduled sitewalk.


STEP 2: Schedule a Shinzen Garden “sitewalk” to discuss the options available for your event. Sitewalk appointments are usually scheduled M-F, 9AM-4PM Call for an appointment @ 559.840.1264


STEP 3: Once you have completed the garden sitewalk, return to this page and book your event on the PRIVATE EVENTS appointment calendar below and include a minimum $150 non-refundable deposit to guarantee your specific date/time. WE DO NOT DOUBLE-BOOK EVENTS. Note that some dates/times may not show in the calendar indicating that they have already been booked. You only see calendar dates/times that are still available. The Garden agrees to provide a reasonably clean environment for your event keeping in mind that the Garden is an outdoor venue and, as such, is in a natural state. You are responsible for cleaning and maintaining the Garden event area and ensuring the safety and well-being of your guests. You are expected to leave the Shinzen Garden grounds in the original condition as to prior to your scheduled event. Should the cleanliness of the event site be in question, photos will be used as part of the records to determine any cleanup fees. Since we do not  require a “cleaning” fee this does NOT exempt you from your responsibility of keeping the grounds clean, after your event. You may incur additional  fees should we need to cleanup after your event.


STEP 4: If you are going to hire a professional photographer for your event, please apply for a photo permit HERE. You do NOT need a photo permit if you are having family/friends take photos during your event.


The Ume Grove View is an intimate garden that has meandering paths and winding waterways. This picturesque spot is perfect for a small party seating about 10-15 guests.

The Autumn View offers your guests a backdrop of glowing fall foliage of Chinese pistachio and ginkgo trees, not to mention the wonderful Woodward Lake. This space seats 50 guests.

The Koi Pond and Waterfall View 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. This space seats 50 guests.

The Double Moon Bridge View offers your guests a perfect view of the Double Moon Bridge and Koi Pond and Woodward Lake in the distances. This space seats 50 guests.

Sago Forest and Waterfall View is a spectacular spread of sago palms, meandering paths and the serene sound of waterfalls that encircle this area. This space seats 50 guests.