Duke Department Rentals

Welcome, Duke friends!

We are delighted that you have chosen Duke Gardens for your special event. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

Whether you are planning a meeting, conference, symposium or social event, this page will help answer general questions for reserving the Doris Duke Center. Once you have reviewed the guidelines for booking your event, please submit the reservation form and you will be contacted by our special events office.

We look forward to learning about your event, and working with you to make it a success.

Rental Details

  • Three-hour rental time
  • 100 maximum capacity for Kirby Horton Hall
  • 120 green/black Herman Miller chairs
  • Fifteen 60-inch round tables that seat 8 people each, plus eight 8-foot tables and four 6-foot tables
  • Two-hour setup and one-hour breakdown
  • Additional hours optional at $125 per hour
  • Caterer must be selected from Approved Caterers list
  • A signed contract and fund code are required to secure a reservation
  • Please contact the Special Events Office for pricing
  • Caterer must provide setup and breakdown of your event


Approved Caterers

Daytime & Evening:

  • The Catering Company: 919-929-4775
  • Catering Works: 919-828-5932
  • Durham Catering: 919-383-3000
  • Donovan's Dish: 919-651-8309
  • Three Seasons Catering: 919-416-0600
  • Sage & Swift: 919-957-7889

Daytime only:

  • Saladelia: 919-489-5776
  • The Picnic Basket: 919- 490-5796


Approved Tent Company

Party Reflections: 919-354-2595

Recommended Florists

Tre Bella Florist: 919-620-6187
Ninth Street Flowers: 919-286-5640
Watered Garden Florist: 919-828-2600
Family Garden: 919-493-4168

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