Secret Garden by Wedgewood Weddings
Meticulously Maintained Historic Event Venue
At the turn of the 20th century, Walter Strong purchased 300 acres at the base of South Mountain, in Phoenix, Arizona. Here he built his dream home for his wife, Blythe. The Strong’s were heavily involved in their community and hosted their own private events on the grounds over the many years they inhabited the property.
The Secret Garden is a gorgeous blend of historic and modern. Enjoy the latest amenities during your event, while relishing the period features that create a special atmosphere steeped in history. The estate architecture is Spanish Revival – all the rage in the Roaring 20s – and just as breathtaking today. Preserved to maintain the original intention as a splendid place for entertaining, at the Secret Garden you’ll find plenty of old character combined with modern updates and comforts.
A Look Into History
It’s incredible to realize this exquisite manor and grounds are the same generation as these timeless moments:
- The NFL formed in 1922 with only 11 teams
- The first Miss America Pageant, back in 1921 known as the Golden Mermaid
- New York’s Yankee Stadium – The House that Ruth Built – was completed in 1922
- The Grand Ole Opry’s first first radio broadcast took place in November 1925
- Martin Luther King was born in 1929
- Pluto discovered in February 1930 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona
- Quick freeze foods were invented in August 1930 by Clarence Birdseye
- The Star-Spangled Banner, by Francis Scott Key, is approved as the National Anthem in 1931
- The Masters Golf Tournament takes place for the first time at Augusta National Golf Club in 1934
- The monumental Hoover Dam (1935) is dedicated by President Roosevelt
South Mountain, AZ As It Was Then
Modern Reinvention: Elite Event Venue
The Walter Strong Manor House, circa 1929, is the prize of the estate. Event VIPs, like newlyweds, can enjoy exclusive access to the luxurious get-ready suites and relax with their wedding party. The double French doors lead guests out to the enclosed private patio area where a fireplace takes center stage for intimate luncheons, casual dinners, bridal or baby showers, an aperitif or a survivors brunch the following day.
Today the property is available for your use and offers many distinct spaces that are sure to be perfect for your vision. Pride and dedication to history are evident throughout the estate: Century-old hand stamped tiles in the house in the interior of the historical home. Rich woods, lush gardens and a Colonial Spanish feel is featured predominantly in the décor.
The grand pavilion is ideal for dancing and relaxing. Enjoy the Spanish Revival architecture. Large iron chandeliers grace the cathedral ceiling, the panoramic views enhanced by double french doors, invite the outside in. Enjoy courtyard views as you snuggle by the period fireplace. This indoor reception hall can accommodate up to 200 guests.
The Secret Garden’s fabulous lawn is the perfect place for a wedding ceremony. The pinnacle is the gazebo shaded under the giant old Mesquite Tree. A balcony and 20-foot staircase overlooks a beautiful manicured lawn featuring an Old World iron pavilion with a carved stone altar. This area can accommodate up to 300 guests for wedding ceremonies. The brick path leads to the secluded gardens, ideal for an outside reception with space for up to 400.