This is well and truly hidden as it’s only open for weddings, corporate, and other social events. They do however have an open house on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The property was bought and developed 85 years ago by Arthur and Blythe Strong who hosted private events at the property – today that tradition continues with many weddings and corporate events scheduled on the lawns and under the trees in these lush gardens. The interior of the historic home has a Spanish feel, and then there is the Carriage House, the Traditions Pavilion and Frances Patio for events. Twinkle lights in the trees add a magical touch.
Where: 2501 E Baseline Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042
Open: Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm; by invitation to an event or if you schedule an event here.
Phone: (602) 268-5522
Cost: Private events only
It’s maybe not so hidden but the 3½-acre garden is well worth visiting. Take a tai-chi class here or book for a traditional tea ceremony in the Musoan teahouse presented by Tanko Kai tea group, who wear beautiful kimonos. After being met at the entry gate a docent will conduct you and your group to the teahouse who will explain features in the tea garden and facts about the teahouse itself. Because the tea ceremony requires complete silence for 30 minutes guests need to be 12 years or older to participate. There is entertainment and a bar every first Friday of the month, otherwise, it’s a traditional stroll garden where you may bring water but not food and drink – you can picnic at the Margaret T Hance Park next door. The garden follows traditional Japanese design with textural plantings, water features, traditional sculptures and a koi pond, which should fascinate young and old alike with the flash of colors in these beautiful fish.
Where: 1125 North 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Open: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Sunday from October 1st to May 31st.
Phone: (602) 291-9209
Cost: Free admission to the garden November – March 4 pm to 6 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm October, April, May, and June. Otherwise regular pricing of $5 per person applies, children under 6 are admitted free.
This is one of those gems hidden from the public – you will only get in here if you schedule a tour with an eye to booking an event or if you are invited to an event. The gardens are magical with a Spanish feel to them – think natural fountains and classical courtyard fountains, lush gardens, palms and architectural plants to give depth to the garden and loads of touches like fairy lights in the trees, lanterns, arbors, cobbled walk ways, sculpted arches and more. It’s a great spot for a photo shoot with the kids!
Where: 16026 N. 36th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Open: Not open to the public. Phone to schedule a tour or photo shoot.
Phone: (602) 867-8975
Cost: Will be negotiated according to type of event, number of people and requirements.