A notice to all our friends:

A Secret Garden is now under new ownership, as of December 1, 2021, and is now called The Venue at Johnston Manor.

All 2022 events will be honored and there are still select dates available for 2022 and 2023.

Email info@thevenueatjohnstonmanor.com or call 937.717.3377.

Karen and Bryan would like to thank each and every guest for the magic they have brought to A Secret Garden over the years. We wish you joy and happiness now and in the future.

Welcome to A Secret Garden

A Secret Garden is a full-service wedding and events venue catering to all your needs in a unique country setting just north of Dayton, Ohio. Situated on six beautiful acres, our historic farmstead and its purpose-built outbuildings form the perfect location for your family reunions, corporate events, anniversary parties, vow renewals and of course weddings.

Built in the mid nineteenth century, A Secret Garden started life as the Baumgardner family farm. The main house retains many of its original features such as its fireplaces, wood flooring, original sash windows and smoke house.  Although the estate is no longer actively farmed, it is surrounded by beautiful farm land and wooded areas.

The site is flat and compact: no need to climb hills or traipse across fields in your heels!

We host outdoor events on the spot where the barn and carriage house originally stood. Our venue also features a romantic gazebo situated on the half acre pond.

In addition, we offer access to our bridal suite where the bride and her bridal party can comfortably prepare for the wedding on site in elegant style.

And when you book your special event at A Secret Garden you are free to arrange your own caterers and musicians (as long as they have appropriate insurance). Or you can choose from our exclusive Preferred Vendors list.

  • Historic farmstead, built in 1847
  • Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places
  • Flexible external event space
  • Two-story banquet hall with full facilities
  • Ornamental pond with romantic gazebo
  • Rural yet convenient location
  • Party rooms with billiards, karaoke
  • Use your own caterers or pick from our Preferred List

Thank you to Carrie and Michael for letting us share this wonderful video of their wedding. View it full screen to see just how perfect their day was; the weather was a little cloudy, but their love shone through!


The house

A part of Ohio's history

Upstairs in our summer kitchen

Our spacious banquet hall is available for your party or event. Boasting two floors connected with an ornate spiral staircase, the banquet hall looks out over the grounds on one side, and the swimming pool on the other.

The first floor is an open space where you can arrange our tables to your satisfaction. The second floor has a bathroom, karaoke, billiard table and balcony.


The grounds

A Secret Garden is the perfect place for friends and family to gather and celebrate under a tent or pavilion.

If we have inclement weather, you can still dance the night away!

A relaxing view

Our gazebo is the jewel in the crown. The perfect place to linger by the pond and chat, or take those special photographs.

Looking towards the summer kitchen and pool Our fine landscaping makes any event one to remember.

Our heritage

Our historic home was built in 1847 by wealthy farmer William Baumgardner. The farmstead included a granary, carriage house, summer kitchen, two barns and a springhouse – not to mention the grand two story brick house, which still stands today. The farm was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1978 because of its architectural and historic significance.