About Us

The Gardens

Rustic Wedding Venue

Meet The Pierce’s

Although not staff, our family always lends a hand  when help is needed for any event

The Gardens at Bethlehem Farm is nestled in a traditional, rural setting in Rising Sun, MD. It was established in the mid 1800’s and has since been passed down through many generations. The farm was originally an established dairy farm, later became a beef farm and is now the home of Tim & Linda Pierce. This down to earth couple exude warmth and hospitality. The Gardens is the perfect marriage of each of their passions: Linda enjoys bringing the farm to life through her creativity, landscaping and flowers and Tim takes great pride in maintaining the facilities and grounds.
The casual atmosphere of their home has always been an open door to family and friends. They have hosted many events for family and close friends through the years including weddings, reunions, anniversary parties and birthday parties. Extending their gift of hospitality is something they enjoy and would now like to share it through this event venue with you. Their family farm has a special place in their hearts and Tim and Linda are excited to share the rustic charm and serenity that is experienced every day at Bethlehem Farm. Don’t let the quiet of Cecil County fool you, however, this is a place to let your hair down, have fun; or, get your up do and make this an elegant, creative dream wedding.

​Linda will listen to your ideas, help you decide the flow of your wedding; or, you can decorate and be as creative as you choose. You will love the relaxed atmosphere and warmth from this family.

Meet The Team

Linda Pierce

Linda Pierce

Owner/General Manager

Linda has been a nurse for over 30 years.  Her love for gardening, entertaining and hospitality over the years has flowed into The Gardens at Bethlehem Farm.  If you visit you will most likely see her doing yard work, all of the beautiful landscaping on the property is maintained by Linda.  However, you may also have the pleasure of a tour provided by Linda.  She is passionate about every couple that she meets and works hard to provide a memorable experience.  On the day of your event, she will be on site to ensure everything runs smoothly so our clients don’t have to.
Lauren Dollenger

Lauren Dollenger

Office Manager

Lauren has background in childcare and administrative work with over 15 years experience. She performs many different roles for The Gardens at Bethlehem Farms. Her job consists mostly of administrative aspects as well as a creative role in developing some of our advertising tools, but she may also jump in from time to time to meet with a prospective client or help set up for an event.

Tim Pierce

Facilities Manager

Tim has 40 years experience in commercial and residential plumbing. Although he does own his own plumbing business his passion has always been his family farm. His priority is to not only do general maintenance required on the farm, but always looking for ways to make your visit the best experience possible. He is always working behind the scenes to make sure things are looking good and running smoothly. On event days he will most likely be seen as you arrive to greet you and show you where to park or answer any questions you may have as well as assists Linda and the wedding planner to make sure the set up is complete and vendors have everything needed.

tim pierce
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