The historic Hovander Orchard with its garden arbor is the perfect setting for weddings. The site is adjacent to grassy fields and in close proximity to the Main Picnic Shelter. This site has a capacity of 150 people. Learn more about Hovander Homestead Park.
* The Orchard must be rented in conjunction with the Group Picnic Shelter. It cannot be rented alone.
Hours change based on sunset time and are posted at the park entrance and at the parking lot.
Daily Rental Rates
Whatcom County Residents: $135 (plus $295 for Group Picnic Shelter)
Non-Residents: $155 (plus $315 for Group Picnic Shelter))
Non-Refundable Reservation Fee: $13
Optional Add-On Fees
Add on fees applied to the Group Picnic Shelter reservation will also apply to the Orchard.
5299 Nielsen Road
Ferndale, WA 98248
From I-5 (North or South)
Take I-5 Exit 262
Turn west onto Main Street, toward downtown Ferndale
Immediately after the railroad underpass make a sharp left onto Hovander Road
Turn right onto Nielsen Avenue and follow the signs to Hovander Park
Dedicated parking for the Group Picnic Shelter/Orchard is on the grass to the north of the shelter. Overflow parking is in the main Hovander parking lot.
How do I request the Wooden Ceremonial Arch? Does it cost extra?
Please request the arch at the time of reservation so we can have it placed and ready. There is no charge for the arch.
Can I set up chairs in the Orchard?
Yes, chairs can be set up in the Orchard. You must provide your own chairs. Please remove chairs as soon as possible once you are done with the Orchard.
Can I bring my dog(s)?
Yes, but dogs must remain on a 6' (maximum) leash at all times.
Can I bring my own pop-up canopy?
You may put up your own pop-up canopy as long as it is within the confines of your rented picnic area and you do not stake it into/damage the ground. If a canopy impedes park enjoyment for others or becomes a safety hazard due to high winds the ranger may request that you remove the canopy. You are responsible for any injury or damage caused by a tent/canopy blown away in the wind.
Can I decorate the facility?
All sites must be left in a "leave no trace" state. Users can use decorations, confetti, etc., but everything needs to be picked up before you leave.
Customers are required to leave the facility in the same condition as when they arrived. Garbage and recycling must be removed from the premises (must be taken from the park) unless the customer has paid the optional waste disposal fee.
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