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In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to those who are most vulnerable in our community, the River Garden will be closed to the public until April 6th. At that time the staff will use the latest information from the Department of Health to determine if we should resume our regular open hours of Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cabin Fever Expo, which was scheduled for March 21st is postponed to a date to be determined. The Women's Expo, which was scheduled for May 1 is postponed to a date to be determined. We are also postponing all scheduled Brown Bag Lunch events until further notice. We will post a notification with the new date details as soon as possible.
Please remember to keep yourself and others safe by staying home if you have any cold or flu symptoms. Visit www.strollingoftheheifers.com or www.cdc.gov for more information.

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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.

EVENT RENTAL RATES:

Monday – Thursday: $70/hour (Non-profits: $50/hour)

Friday – Sunday: $80/hour (Non-profits: $60/hour)

Small Public Address System (PA) and cordless microphone with podium: $50/event

Stage rental: $75.00 per event (6 units of 4′ x 4′ x 6″ in height)

Table rental: $8 per 8-foot table (9 available); $6 per 6-foot table (28 available). No charge:  12 metal bistro tables and 28 metal bistro chairs.

Chair Rental: $100 for all 125 padded chairs or $1.00 per chair

Hanging Banner outside River Garden: $50/event

GALLERY RENTAL: Gallery at the Garden wall space only — includes use of wall space for approximately one month, ending no later than the Wednesday preceding the following month’s first Friday. No commissions are charged on sales when exhibitor has rented the wall space. Rates include promotion of Gallery Walk opening  in Gallery Walk guide, Gallery Walk press releases, Gallery Walk website, Stroll website calendar post and leading banner, and Stroll Facebook page. If you are interested in having a gallery reception please contact us about renting space.

Front gallery wall: $165/month (36 feet of wall space)

Rear gallery wall: $145/month (40 feet of wall space)

Both front and rear gallery walls: $280 per month

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

  • Office: 802-246-0982 
  • Email: vicki@strollingoftheheifers.com
  • Stop in at the River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro
  • Or use the River Garden inquiry form at the bottom of this page

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 www.beowulfsheehan.com

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan www.beowulfsheehan.com

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan www.beowulfsheehan.com

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan www.beowulfsheehan.com

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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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