Frelinghuysen Arboretum – Reservable Tent Area

Frelinghuysen Arboretum – Reservable Tent Area

355 East Hanover Avenue
Morris Township, NJ 07962

355 East Hanover Avenue
Morris Township, NJ 07962

T: (973) 326 - 7601

Hours:
M-F: 8am to sunset
Sat-Sun: 8am to sunset

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Celebrate a wedding or special celebration in grand style in one of our reservable tent areas.

For more information or to reserve this location, please fill out the Horticultural Site event form and someone from the Horticultural Reservation office will contact you. Requests will be handled in the order that they are received and by date requested.

Event Tent

The majestic 127 acres of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum offer a picturesque location to host a celebration within our Event Tent or Tent Area on the Great Lawn. Our semi-permanent structure or use of the Great Lawn tent area is available from May through October.

Capacity

  • Reservable Tent – 150 people with tables and chairs
  • With 30’ extension – 200 people with tables and chairs
  • Tent-site on Great Lawn– 200 people with tables and chairs

Amenities

Included in your rental:

  • Use of our Tent or Tent Area for a one-day event.
  • The one-day event includes:
    • one hour for a ceremony with chairs in a garden
    • one hour for a cocktail reception in a garden
    • five-hour reception under a tent.
  • Water & electric available
  • Dedicated portable flush toilet w/ sink
  • The reservation is for the site only. It does not include the caterer, bartender, photographer, tables, chairs or Tent for the Great Lawn.

Rental Rates

Reservable Event Tent

  • 1-day event– $5,000
    • With Mansion – $7,500
  • 5-hour event, set-up/clean-up same day*
  • $1,250 for a 5-hour event (Private)
  • $1,500 for a 5-hour event (Corporate)
  • Hourly rental available for non-profit/government (weekdays 8am-4pm only)*
    • $50 per hour

Refundable security deposit – $500 / $750 with mansion

Tent Site on Great Lawn

  • 1-day event – $10,000
    • With Mansion – $12,500

Refundable security deposit – $1,250

*limitations on event timing/duration, setup, and vendor access

Bookings for tented events require at least 8 weeks advance reservation.

50% of the rental fee and the applicable refundable security deposit is due upon receipt of your invoice to secure reservation. The balance of the rental fee and along with other applicable fee(s) will be due 30 days prior to your scheduled event.

The refundable security deposit will be returned after the event if all conditions of the permit are met and there is no damage to the facility or property.

Requests will be handled in the order that they are received and by date requested.

Rules

Responsibilities and Acknowledgments

  • Tent events must end by 10pm.
  • Only the area listed on the permit may be utilized by the renter and only between the times listed.
  • Intended and expected number of guests/attendees are not to exceed the amount set by the Fire Marshal.
  • Intended and expected number of guests/attendees are not to exceed the amount set by the Fire Marshal.
  • Vehicle parking along service roads is prohibited. Parking permitted in designated areas only.
  • The park is carry-in/carry-out with no trash service.
  • The area must be left in the condition it was found. Please do not throw silk petals, rice, confetti, or bird seed.
  • Drones and balloons are not allowed.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • No garden furniture, plant, rock, animal, or other part of the arboretum may be moved or removed from the premises. No picking, cutting, or damaging of plant materials.
  • The use of open-flame decorative devices is not permitted without the approval of the Morris County Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Where solid alcohol fuel food warmers are used on top of a serving table, paper or plastic table coverings are not permitted. A flame-resistant tablecloth that covers the entire tabletop shall be used. Table decorations must be flame resistant. Combustible material such as plates, napkins, plastic utensils, cups and similar products shall be separated by a minimum of three (3) feet from the food warmers.
  • Permits are non-transferable from one event to another in whole or in part.
  • Permit expiration time is on the permit. A penalty of double the applicable reservation hourly rate will be assessed for failure to leave on time, as specified on the permit.
  • The Morris County Park Commission employee assigned to your event is there to assist and should have your full cooperation.
  • The County of Morris regulations prohibit employees from accepting gratuities. Donations may be made to The Park Alliance.

Vendor Information

Any vendor performing work on-site as a service to a renter must fill out and a vendor application and provide all the insurance requirements as listed on that application. Vendors include rental company, photographers, caterers, wedding planner, musicians, etc.

Scherer Pavilion

A 20×20 covered picnic pavilion, located adjacent to the Haggerty Education Center. The pavilion is reservable throughout the year for small gatherings and group events.

Capacity

  • 25 people per permit

Amenities

Included in your rental:

  • Use of the pavilion and picnic tables
  • 1 – 6’ folding table can be setup
  • Trash/recycling receptacles provided
  • The Park has 4 public restrooms during normal operating hours, with portable restrooms in the parking area off-hours

Rental Rates

  • Private/Non-profit/Government Use
    • Weekdays 8am to 3pm, non-holiday – $30/hr for residents; $45/hr non-residents
    • Off-hours, weekdays after 3pm, weekends, holidays – $45/hr for residents; $60/hr non-residents
  • Corporate Use
    • Weekdays 8am to 3pm, non-holiday – $50/hr for residents; $75/hr non-residents
    • Off-hours, weekdays after 3pm, weekends, holidays – $75/hr for residents; $100/hr non-residents

Refundable security deposit – $250

Bookings for the Scherer Pavilion requires at least 4 weeks advance reservation.

Pavilion is only reservable during normal park operating hours: 8am – sunset daily.

Rental fee and completed reservation form are due upon receipt of your invoice to secure reservation.

Requests will be handled in the order that they are received and by date requested.

Rules

Responsibilities and Acknowledgments

  • Events must end by sunset.
  • Hourly rentals may not put up any tents on the site.
  • Delivery, set-up and pick-up must be done during the time the renter is renting the building.
  • Only the area listed on the permit may be utilized by the renter and only between the times listed.
  • Intended and expected number of guests/attendees are not to exceed the amount set by the Fire Marshal.
  • Vehicle parking along service roads is prohibited. Parking permitted in designated areas only.
  • Vehicle parking along service roads is prohibited. Parking permitted in designated areas only.
  • The park is carry-in/carry-out with no trash service.
  • The area must be left in the condition it was found. Please do not throw silk petals, rice, confetti, or bird seed.
  • Drones and balloons are not allowed.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • No garden furniture, plant, rock, animal, or other part of the arboretum may be moved or removed from the premises. No picking, cutting, or damaging of plant materials.
  • The use of open-flame decorative devices is not permitted without the approval of the Morris County Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Where solid alcohol fuel food warmers are used on top of a serving table, paper or plastic table coverings are not permitted. A flame-resistant tablecloth that covers the entire tabletop shall be used. Table decorations must be flame resistant. Combustible material such as plates, napkins, plastic utensils, cups and similar products shall be separated by a minimum of three (3) feet from the food warmers.
  • Permits are non-transferable from one event to another in whole or in part.
  • Permit expiration time is on the permit. A penalty of double the applicable reservation hourly rate will be assessed for failure to leave on time, as specified on the permit.

Vendor Information

Any vendor performing work on-site as a service to a renter must fill out a vendor application and provide all the insurance requirements as listed on that application. Vendors include rental company, photographers, caterers, wedding planner, musicians, etc.