The Not-So-Secret Gardens
The Beverly Hilton Debuts New Event Space
I just got back from checking out the renovated public event space at the Beverly Hilton called the Gardens. It’s lovely, with hanging succulents, a long, grassy lawn and plenty of sunshine (it was a hot day). The hotel threw a VIP bash with all kinds of decadent food stations, open bar, a D.J. and a welcome from General Manager Sandy Murphy.
“The Beverly Hilton is home to some of Hollywood’s most glamorous events, including more than 200 red carpet events each year, and The Gardens enhance the already extraordinary event experience,” Murphy said. “With the addition of this new collection of spaces, we are able to take full advantage of our amazing weather while providing the perfect venue for a unique and quintessentially ‘California’ experience.”
Murphy said the Gardens will be used for a variety of events, such as weddings, cocktail parties, fashion shows, press junkets and photoshoots. She was even taking suggestions for other uses. Sack races? (Wrong crowd, I suspect.)
The Gardens consists of the alfresco Wilshire Garden (6,650 square feet) with a lush green lawn and living succulent walls. It can accommodate up to 350 guests in rounds or 600 guests in ceremony-style seating.
The connecting Secret Garden (1,760 square feet) features palm trees, cozy nooks, upscale furnishings and a waterfall feature. It can accommodate up to 100 people.
Here’s a look at what was served at the event. Top quality, in true Beverly Hills style.
Lavender vodka cocktail kicks things off
Elegant caprese salad with vinaigrette in a squeezable pod
Decadent lobster mac 'n' cheese and grilled lobster tails
I love you heart-shaped cookies
Cake, art or both?