Our Story

Rockledge Gardens was founded as a nursery and landscape business in 1960 by Harry and Mary Witte. They had six children and while all of them took turns working in the gardens, it was their youngest daughter, Theresa, along with her husband Kevin Riley, who made Rockledge Gardens their life’s work. Because it’s four acres of beautiful gardens, family friends would occasionally ask if they could have a small wedding at the nursery. Kevin and Theresa always said yes, and from time to time couples began their lives together among the trees and flowers. But in 2011, Theresa and Kevin’s oldest son, Joseph, married a young lady named Liz in the greenhouse and their large flowery garden rainbow wedding was featured on Offbeat Bride. From then on, people really started inquiring about weddings in the gardens, and not just family friends! When Liz and Joseph officially moved to Rockledge from New York in 2013 they began seeing visions for a beautiful event space. Joseph designed it, Kevin built it, and Liz developed a plan for hosting weddings, workshops, and seminars. The ribbon cutting for the new wedding and event space took place in the spring of 2017 and it has been dubbed The Harry and Mary Witte Learning Center, in honor of our founders. We can only hope that Harry and Mary are looking down from somewhere, beaming with pride and joy to see so many beautiful beginnings in their gardens.

weddings & private events at Rockledge Gardens

The Harry and Mary Witte Learning Center pavilion and gardens is a stunning and unique event venue in Central Florida.

Enjoy the charming lawn situated amongst beautiful gardens filled with tropical trees and shrubbery. Host a reception just steps away under the pavilion, complete with an outdoor kitchen and bar, while you watch a glorious Florida sunset. End the evening by cozying up with friends around our rustic fire pit under the stars. Surround yourself and your guests with natural beauty at Rockledge Gardens!


  • Covered Pavilion
  • Grass Lawn and Arbor for Ceremony
  • Open-Air Kitchen and Bar
  • Firepit
  • Custom Plant Decor
  • Gazebo
  • Tables, Chairs, and Linens in Color of Choice
  • Four Acres of Gardens
  • Centerpieces and Favors
  • Air-Conditioned Restrooms
  • Free Parking in Rockledge Gardens Parking Lot

View our packages and pricing

Event packages include everything from simple weekday garden parties to farm-to-garden weddings with all the trimmings.