Highlights and Novelty Features
The Gardens at FranMo
All events booked at FranMo include a Day of Coordinator. We can also provide event planning consultation and support, or even produce your entire event for you.
The Gardens at FranMo offer more than half an acre of private photo-fabulous backdrops, practical-use spaces, and multiple staging areas at a single location.
Scenic View Patio – Is the highest point in The Gardens and the best place to view everything going on. Seats up to 30 Reception style, 400 sq ft.
Green House Bar – A great place for set apps and beverage service (BYO Beer, Wine & Champagne is OK at FranMo). WA State Banquet Permit required if alcohol is served.
"Wow! A venue like this is in the city."
Evergreen Stage - This is 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 sq. ft. patio located in the NE corner of The Gardens created to support a 20’x30” event tent (rainy day Plan B) and a great place to park a Food Truck with plenty of room for tables and chairs.
"A DIY Couple's dream venue."
Garden Bridge – From the Scenic View Patio the bridge crosses over the Bonsai Garden and takes you down the stairs onto the South lawn, and to the Evergreen 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 waterproofing and preserving wood. Simply stunning.
"Our gardens - Your creative concepts."
P-Patch – The P-Patch at FranMo provides the FranMo family lots of fresh vegetables year-round with a summer crop of snap peas, green beans, cucumbers, onions, lettuces, raspberries, fresh herbs and of course, tomatoes. The P-Patch is also a beautiful setting for a wedding ceremony.
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. Seats up to 24 Family style (or 10 Socially Distanced).
South Lawn – The softest moss/grass surface your bare feet will ever touch. And, the perfect surface for Frank and Molly’s favorite lawn games; Pétanque (Bol), Badminton, Croquet and Giant Jenga. FranMo’s In-house Day of Coordinator is available to answer any “How to Play” questions and even assist with conflict resolution when needed :)
"Having your wedding at FranMo is like getting married in a national park; surrounded by "Heritage" trees and hundreds of flowers and plants. The privacy of an estate property and the casualness of a farm."
Little Red Barn – Yep, that’s right. We got a Little Red Barn strategically placed to greet you as you enter The Gardens.
The Shed – It’s the place where we keep our tools but, inside and out, The Shed presents dozens of creative Selfie Ops. No props to hold, weird glasses or things to put on your head. Just backdrops galore. #FranMoUrbanFarm
First Look Promenade – A picturesque walking path that resides on the South side of The Gardens. Many other little paths, nooks and pass-throughs are scattered throughout to create epic photo ops.
Musician's Stage - When live music is incorporated into your ceremony, musicians (solo, duo, trio or quad) are staged in front of the Bonsai Garden. Antique chairs are provided for the musicians to add to the stunning visual.
Plant Rescue and Nursery – 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.