Wow! An outdoor venue like this in the city limits?!
The Gardens at FranMo
The Gardens at FranMo Urban Farm offer more than half an acre of private photo-fabulous backdrops, practical-use spaces, and multiple staging areas at a single location.
Site Visit by Appointment Only. Contact FranMo for availability.
"A park-like setting surrounded by "Heritage" trees and hundreds of flowers and plants. The privacy of an estate property and the casualness of an urban farm."
FranMo Urban Farm is a big venue committed to hosting small events. Maximum Occupancy for all events is limited to 30 persons, plus your vendors ( Caterer, Photographers, Wedding Officiant, Planner, etc.) All events booked at FranMo include a Day of Coordinator. We know what it takes to put together a special event and we will work with you to organize and produce your wedding or garden party celebration.
The unique features at the Gardens of FranMo Urban Farm include:
Little Red Barn - Yep, that’s right. We got a Little Red Barn strategically placed to greet you as you enter The Gardens. A great backdrop for group photos.
The Small Hall - Many venues offer a Great Hall or the Grande Hall, but at FranMo, we have a Small Hall flanked by walls of succulents, moss and flowering plants. 250 sf
Garden View Patio - The patio is surrounded by seasonal flowers, plants and trees. Its the best place to view everything going on below and from side to side across the massive lawn. Assorted tables provided for dining. 400 sf
The Greenhouse - The Greenhouse set on the Garden View Patio is a popular place for setting up a buffet.
Garden Bridge - From the Garden View Patio the bridge crosses over the Bonsai Garden and takes you down the stairs onto The Massive Lawn, and to the Evergreen Arbor Stage. The bridge and the arbor are constructed from Yellow Alaskan Cedar. The finish on the wood was created using the Shou Sugi Ban method -- an ancient Japanese technique for finishing and preserving wood.
The Massive Lawn - The perfect place to engage in Frank and Molly’s favorite lawn games; Badminton, Croquet, and Cornhole. A Game Host is available to answer any “How to Play” questions and even assist with friendly conflict resolution... when needed.
Evergreen Arbor Stage - The main staging area for wedding ceremonies at FranMo. The over-sized Arbor is centered on the South lawn and set at the base of several 100 ft tall Cedar and Fir trees.
Blackberry Terrace - A 1,024 sf patio located in the NE corner of The Gardens that currently features a 18x28' canopy tent (rainy day Plan B).
Lil Squatch Trail - A picturesque walking path that resides on the South side of The Gardens. Great for first looks and sneaking kisses in the bushes. To get there walk off the SW corner of the Garden View Patio, go between the wood shed and the clothes line. You’ll see a big tree stump with double hearts chain sawed in it. The trail head is on the backside. Start there, follow the wood chips.
P-Patch – The P-Patch is FranMo's vegetable garden that provides lots of fresh vegetables; a summer crop of snap peas, green beans, cucumbers, onions, lettuces, raspberries, fresh herbs and of course, tomatoes. Also a great place to stage an elopement wedding.
Nursery and Plant Rescue – Every season vegetables, flowers and cuttings are started and propagated, then incorporated into the gardens or given away. Since 2018, we start dozens of our own Heirloom Tomatoes from seeds, saved from previous year. These plants a distributed to the University District Food Banks Rooftop Roots Garden and in 2020 we delivered several dozen to Magnusson Park P-Patch’s Giving Gardens which provides fresh produce to several different neighborhood food sharing programs.
As an Eco-friendly venue FranMo recycles (paper, cans and bottles) and composts any food waste and compostable materials created from your event. When visiting, please choose your single use containers wisely.
PHOTO: The Cedar Stage (aka The Elopement Stage) is set at the base of a 116-year old cedrus deodara tree that is 10' in diameter at the base and nearly 100' tall. This tree is recognized as a "Champion" by the WA State Forestry Service, making it one of the largest species of its type in the state of Washington,