Photo courtesy of Captured in Time Photography

Bookings for the upcoming year are accepted beginning the first business day in September.

Through the month of September reservations must be made in person at the Shelby Parks, Recreation & Maintenance Department. Beginning the first business day of October, reservations may also be made by phone or fax with a $5 contract mailing fee added to the total price for reservation. No mailing fee is charged if receipt is e-mailed.

PLEASE NOTE: The office staff is not authorized to hold reservations without payment.

The person that reserves the Garden (Contractor) is responsible for any damages incurred.

The Garden is scheduled in 1-hour increments on the hour or half hour for photos and ceremonies for a maximum of 4 hours. To allow time for decorations, guests, and photos, wedding ceremonies must be booked for a minimum of 2 hours.

Only one party will be contracted for use of the Garden at any given time. Please keep your contract with you as proof of your reservation.

Requests for date and/or time change must be made in writing to ensure accountability. This may be done in person, or by mail to 52700 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Twp, MI 48316, by fax at 586.726.7228, or by email at by the contractor.

NO FULL OR PARTIAL REFUNDS can be issued for any reason. Transfer of the contract into another contractor name will also be prohibited. These rules are strictly adhered to.

To keep Heritage Garden in good condition, a maximum of ten (10) chairs, which must be provided by the wedding party, may be placed in the area used for ceremony guests.

A two-plug electrical outlet is located on the east side of the gazebo for music, etc.

Shelby Townsip's Heritage Garden

A Special Place ...
Shelby Township’s beautiful Heritage Garden located behind the
Municipal Officesat 52700 Van Dyke Avenue, east side, south of
24 Mile Road, adjacent to a 2 1/2 acre spring-fed lake and
surrounded by ornate wrought iron fencing.

This facility was completed in the fall of 1975 as part of a Shelby
Township Bicentennial Committee project, and is available to you
for wedding ceremonies and/or photos each year from April
through October.

-- 10 foot gazebo situated in a gated formal garden area adjacent to lake.
-- Brick walkway leading to gazebo.
-- Restrooms located on the lower level of the Shelby Township Municipal Building.
-- Gardens, trees, and surrounding area maintained by the Shelby Gardener’s Club and by Shelby Township
-- Please phone Shelby Parks, Recreation & Maintenance at 586.731.0300 weekdays between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm with questions regarding the use of Heritage Gardens.


  $35 per hour for residents of Shelby Township and the City of Utica. Proof of address required.
¨ $110 per hour for nonresidents.
¨ Payment by cash, check VISA or MasterCard is accepted. Fee collected at time of reservation.

Photo courtesy of Captured in Time Photography

Photo courtesy of Captured in Time Photography

A one-hour rehearsal (usually a weekday before the wedding) is included at no extra charge for those booking their ceremony in the Garden.

Please note that staples, nails, or any other damaging materials cannot be used to decorate the gazebo or garden area. Flowers or other decorations should be tied on using wire or string. All decorations and rubbish must be removed immediately after use. Please also keep in mind that no birdseed, paper confetti, or animals are allowed in the garden. Acceptable alternatives are bubbles or flower petals. PLEASE USE DESIGNATED WALKWAYS AND AVOID WALKING ON THE GRASS OR OTHER FOLIAGE. DO NOT PICK ANY OF THE FLOWERS OR STAND IN FLOWER BEDS!

A member of the bridal party should keep a copy of the contract with them while at the Garden to prove contracted time and date. If a problem with another group occurs, please see the desk clerk at the Shelby Township Police Department which is located in the lower level of the Municipal Building.

Please be advised that no indoor facilities are available in case of inclement weather. It is the responsibility of the bridal party to make alternate arrangements.

maid and girl

The bridal party is responsible for scheduling their own officiant, photographer, or other professional services.

Each party is responsible for contracting a person to perform their ceremony. As a courtesy, the Shelby Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department has compiled a list of officiants (available upon request) who perform ceremonies in the Garden. Shelby Township is not responsible for, nor does it endorse any of these persons. You may contract with any of them, or hire someone else of your own choosing.

The Shelby Township Municipal Grounds
are located at 52700 Van Dyke Avenue, just
south of 24 Mile Road


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