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After careful analysis and consideration, the Board of Directors of Strolling of the Heifers, Inc. has taken action to suspend all programs. Read the Board's statement here.

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The Robert H. Gibson River Garden

Strolling of the Heifers is headquartered at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, a beautiful building prominently located at 157 Main Street in the heart of downtown Brattleboro.

The River Garden is a public resource for the Brattleboro region. The space will continue to be available as a public resource for informal uses. On a daily basis, we host free Brown Bag Lunch events at noon, and we offer free wi-fi to visitors.

RGBanners400Renting the River Garden:

The 4500 sq. ft. River Garden has approximatley 2500 square feet available as an event space on a rental basis to community organizations, businesses and individuals.

What the River Garden offers: In a highly-visible crossroads location at High and Main Streets in Brattleboro, the River Garden is suitable for a wide variety of events. We’ve hosted large and small sit-down lunches and dinners, concerts, lectures, gala parties, weddings, conferences, cultural festivals, high school proms, food & beverage tastings and demonstrations, farmers’ markets, craft fairs, news conferences, focus groups, public forums, art exhibits and much more.

The River Garden is fully accessible to all levels of mobility. Its approximately 2,500 square foot, street level interior accommodates approximatley 200 people in seated configurations, or approximatley 400 for stand-up events. The open atrium, 10-foot ceilings and glass walls in the front and rear provide a bright, open feeling for daytime events. Newly installed heat pumps ensure the space is comfortable in every season. The rear deck offers a beautiful view of the Connecticut River and Mt. Wantastiquet. Our lower level houses our offices and conference rooms.

The River Garden is easy for area visitors to find, and there’s plenty of nearby parking. Front sidewalk table and signage space is available for events that rely on pulling in walk-by visitors. Available amenities include tables, chairs, gallery wall space. Catered food and drink can be arranged by the renter.


TO INQUIRE ABOUT RENTING THE RIVER GARDEN, please contact Vicki Friedman,  Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: 

  • Office: 802-246-0982 
  • Email:
  • Or use the River Garden inquiry form at the bottom of this page


COVID-19 Protocol

The Strolling of the Heifers prioritizes the safety of all during the Covid-19 outbreak and we strictly adhere to the State of Vermont mandates and recommendations for public space and business space operations.

All persons must wear correctly fitted masks while on the property. In addition, we expect each person to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others (unless they are sharing their  living space)  Maximum occupancy is 50 people indoors and up to 8-10 people on the deck at any one time. Occupancy subject to change.

Upon entering the building hand-sanitizer must be used. Your temperature may be taken if staff asks about your health related to Covid 19 symptoms.

The building is not open to the public, and both entry ways must be monitored. Only those invited to attend a meeting or gathering are allowed into the building.


River Garden Event Rentals -Terms and conditions  – click here for more details

River Garden floor plans (1″=10′):

To illustrate the versatility of the River Garden’s space, here are some photos of the interior during a variety of events:

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan


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Parking and access map:

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River Garden Rental Inquiry

  • Please tell us what kind of event you're thinking about, and what date or dates you have in mind. We'll get back to you with information very shortly.
  • Please tell us whether you prefer a phone call or email response.

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