The Cator Woolford Gardens

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Perfect Scene

The charming and picturesque setting of the Cator Woolford Gardens can make for stunning photos, films, and videos. We welcome personal photo shoots, as well as professional film productions and commercial photography.

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Engagement & Family Photos

Capture life’s special moments among the magic of Cator Woolford Gardens. We have several locations on site that serve as the perfect backdrop to engagement, maternity, family, and holiday photos. Use the calendar below to reserve a time to use the grounds.

There is no fee for personal photography. However, because the Cator Woolford Gardens directly supports the work of the Frazer Center, we kindly request you make a donation to benefit their programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Any amount is appreciated.

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The Grand Staircase

The Grand Italian Staircase creates an elegant and commanding backdrop that perfectly frames bridal portraits and maternity photos.

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The Ceremony Lawn

Flanked by beautiful landscaping, the sprawling green Ceremony Lawn sets the perfect stage for family photos and wide-angle shots.

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The Pavilion

The original white marble archway and columns of the Pavilion create a timeless frame for intimate engagement photos.

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The Colonnade

The canopy at the Colonnade seamlessly blends the natural beauty of the Gardens with our Italian-style architecture.

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Commercial Productions

Our historic gardens and 39-acre forest create an intriguing location for professional filming and photography. Location scouts can book full access tours to discover the unique and varied settings the grounds have to offer, and we’ll be available to discuss how we can best accommodate any set-up and facility needs. Contact us for availability and rental pricing.

Key Productions

We’d love to serve as the backdrop for your commercial photo shoots and filming needs. Previous clients include Netflix, Warner Bros., and Double R Media.

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& Pricing

View the calendar below for current availability for commercial productions. Please contact us for more information on pricing.

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Location Shots

View our detailed area photographs of the Gardens and Frazer Forest to help with your location scouting needs. Download all location images here


Please contact us for any questions regarding professional and commercial uses of the Gardens, or for any questions that aren’t answered below.

I’m a professional photographer hoping to shoot at the Gardens. Do I have to pay a fee?
There is no fee for personal photography of groups and individuals. However, we do ask you consider making a donation to the Frazer Center, as the use of our grounds and facilities directly supports their endeavors for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
If I’m taking photos at the Gardens, can I use the restrooms or other facilities to get ready or change clothes?
Use of the restrooms and other indoor facilities is limited to rental clients only. If you are using the Gardens for a personal photo shoot, or just to enjoy the grounds, please keep in mind that you won’t have access to these areas.
Can I bring any props or equipment to the Gardens for use during my personal photo shoot?
Minimal props and equipment are allowed as long as they can be carried in by hand, as there is no space to unload items from a large truck. Please keep in mind that you may be walking up to several hundred yards with your equipment to reach certain staging areas.
What are your rates for commercial and professional filming and photo shoots?

For professional and commercial uses, please contact us for more information on pricing and availability.

Do I have to schedule a time to come to the Gardens with my family and friends?

If you’d like to walk around and enjoy the Gardens, no appointment is necessary. However, please check the calendar for private events before you come, as outside visitors are not allowed while weddings and other events are taking place.

What times can I come to the Gardens?

The Gardens are open to the public seven days a week from sunup to sundown unless there is a private event taking place. Please see our calendar for availability.