Nestled in the trees at the top of the hill on Riverbanks Zoo & Garden’s property is a hidden gem of a Columbia garden wedding venue – the Magnolia Room. If you’ve visited the Zoo and never ventured across the bridge to the Gardens, it’s likely you didn’t even know it was there! Boasting views of the Botanical Gardens and steps away from the stately fountains, it’s easy to see why the Magnolia Room is one of our most desired event spaces. From the popular garden wedding ceremonies that take place overlooking the lush gardens and flowing fountains, to classroom style meetings, to cocktail style holiday party receptions, any type of event is sure to be a fit in this space!
Seven Botanical Gardens Surround You in This Columbia Garden Wedding Venue
Event attendees have the convenience of a separate entrance and parking lot from the standard Zoo entrance and parking lot located at the Zoo’s Main Entrance. The Garden Entrance is located at 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia, SC 29169. Having a closer entrance and parking lot makes accessing the Magnolia Room quick and easy for all event attendees. This separate entrance also allows guests to explore through 7 different gardens that create our Botanical Gardens on their way to the room. Yes, you read that right, seven gardens! Each garden includes a different subset of exotic and native plants; The Asian Garden, Bog Garden, Collection Garden, Dry Garden, Rose Garden, Shade Garden, and Walled Garden.
If you’re holding your event after hours (after 5pm) your rental of the Magnolia Room includes exclusive access to the entire 70 acres of Botanical Gardens. This gives you endless possibilities on where to pop up a personal set up, like a signature cocktail station set up along the walk for your guests to grab on their way to the venue, or having cocktail hour on the patio with a live musician playing. Also included in our after hours rentals in this space, transportation! You receive tram service for the entirety of your event, allowing guests to have the option to ride from the Botanical Garden Entrance to the Magnolia Room if they don’t wish to walk. Your heel-wearing guests will thank you!
Versatile Event Venue Space
The inside of the Magnolia Room boasts high vaulted ceilings and large floor to ceiling windows that overlook the terraces and Gardens. With neutral walls and slate flooring, it is our most versatile space. It that can easily be transformed to anything your imagination holds. As with all of our event rentals, tables, chairs, standard linens, set up, clean up, and an event manager are included. We cover all of the basics so all you have to worry about are items you want to add to make the event truly yours. In addition to the Magnolia Room itself – there is a smaller room off the beaten path that brides can use as a bridal suite or as a breakout room for meetings.
The Magnolia Room is the smaller of our two day-time spaces, but can still hold up to 350 for an after-hours reception! One of our event sales representatives will help you build your room layout to best fit your requests and maximize the use of the space. Create the Columbia garden wedding venue of your dreams, maximize beautiful photo opportunities, and host an accessible and enjoyable event for your guests!
Book your next event with us! Contact us to get started, or check out some private event packages we’ve created to take the guess work off your plate. Magnolia Room not quite what you’re looking for? Learn more about the Ndoki Lodge, or take a look at all of our event venues and facilities.