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Weddings In The Yaddo Rose Garden

A Yaddo Garden Wedding, Nicholas and Nicole Leduc, September 2009
A Yaddo Garden Wedding
Nicholas and Nicole Leduc, September 2009

The Yaddo Rose Garden, a gift from Spencer Trask to Katrina Trask in 1899, was intended to be a garden of delight and romance. In 1991, the Yaddo Garden Association joined The Corporation of Yaddo in working to restore that gift to the Trasks’ original plan of a formal Italianate Rose Garden with its Pergola; American perennial Rock Garden; natural and marble fountains; and statuary figures from American and European myth and legend. For more than a century, visitors to our Gardens have told of the peace and beauty they have enjoyed here.

For many of our guests, the Gardens have become increasingly meaningful: as the site of pleasant lunch hours, a first date, an engagement, wedding ceremony or photographs, renewal of vows, a walk with a grandchild. Spencer and Katrina Trask directed that their Gardens be shared with others. Thus the Yaddo staff and the Yaddo Garden Association of volunteers work to nurture the physical place, making such visits more fulfilling. The Garden Association conducts drop-in tours for a small charge per person on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. during the summer, and also at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays during the Saratoga Racecourse season. Meanwhile, the Gardens are open to visitors year round, daily, from 8 a.m. until dusk, and admission is free.

Outdoor wedding ceremonies and wedding photo sessions have been held in the Yaddo Rose Garden throughout its history. Receptions are not permitted. To schedule a wedding ceremony in the Gardens, contact Anne-Marie Pratt, Garden Wedding Scheduler, at AMPratt@yaddo.org. Considering our costs of administration of reservations and maintenance of the Gardens, we suggest a donation of at least $250 for a wedding ceremony, or $100 for a photo session.

 

The choice of setting is simple: lawns, fountains and pools, a rock garden, or formal rose garden. We offer no cover in case of rain, and no electricity. Since some Yaddo artists’ colony studios border the Gardens, wedding parties may not use amplification. Given its size and our limited parking space, the Gardens are suitable for smaller groups, 75 people or fewer. Other visitors are free to enter the Gardens while wedding ceremonies are underway. We have never known of their disturbing a ceremony.

The office staff can describe handicap-accessibility in the Gardens. They will gladly give directions. In Saratoga Springs, New York, between Saratoga Racecourse and the Adirondack Northway (Exit 14), at the last traffic light on Union Avenue, the Yaddo driveway truly leads the traveler to “an earthly garden of love and delight.”