Adell Durbin Arboretum
: State Route 91 south of State Route 59,
Adena State Memorial
- This 34.5 acre city park, displaying 250 native and ornamental
trees, flowers and shrubs, is accessible through three self-guided nature
trails, the 1.2 mile Hiker's Trail, the 8/10 mile Tree and Shrub Trail, and the
6/10 mile Cliff Trail.
: 847 Adena Road, Chillicothe
, OH 45601 (740)772-1500
- The restoration of this early 1807 estate includes an
historical garden restoration of the formal gardens.
: 955 Aullwood Road, Dayton
, OH 45414 (937)275-PARK.
- This 31 acre
country garden, dating back to 1907, is on the national historic house and
garden registry. Something is in flower most of the year, with spring showcasing
masses of bulbs, wildflowers, and lenten roses, followed by red buds and peonies
in June. The prairie and the butterfly garden are best in July, and then in
August the magic lilies, Colchicum (some species until October) and hardy
begonia bloom. A Luminary Walk is offered on the first Sunday evening in
: East end of Observatory Avenue, Cincinnati
, OH (513)351-4777.
Bull's Run Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
- The gardens of this 224 acre park have been transformed many times during its
history. Presently, the park offers a dahlia garden and the Hilda Rothschild
Memorial Old Fashioned Rose Garden. A tree grove is planted around the entire
perimeter of the formal garden. An Italianate Pavilion ornaments the grounds.
39009 Rosedale Road, Middletown
, OH (513)424-0332.
- A beautiful 11 woodland park
arboretum nestled in a neighborhood in the middle of the city is a remnant of the forest
once covering the area. Its 30 species of trees may be viewed in a self-guided
tour and a mulched creek-side loop trail. Gardens include spring ephemerals, an Ohio Native Plant Display Garden, a Butterfly Garden and a Prairie reaching peak bloom in late summer.
When the air turns frosty, this arboretum offers beautiful fall foliage and winter bird watching.
: Cahoon Memorial Park, Cahoon Road, Bay Village
, OH 44140 Mayor:
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
- This multi-facility public park includes an All-America Rose
Selections accredited rose garden.
: Location: Dury Avenue (Mail:3400 Vine
, OH 45220 (513)281-4700 or (800)94-HIPPO.
- This fascinating
70 acre zoo, home to 700 animal species, also features 2,800 varieties of trees,
shrubs, tropical plants, bulbs, perennials and annuals, many of them labeled.
Whenever possible, plantings represent the natural habitats of zoo animals.
Special exhibits include the Dinosaur Garden, Butterfly Garden and Bird Garden,
a Botanical Center and an Oriental Garden.
: Clague and
Hilliard Roads, Westlake
, OH (216)835-6440.
- This 72 acre city park offers
tranquil landscaping and a pond.
: 1030 East Boulevard,
, OH 44106 (216)721-1600.
Cleveland Cultural Gardens
- This 7.5 acre garden includes a Japanese
garden (with classic tea and dry landscaped gardens), the Western Reserve Herb
Society Garden (3,500 plants displayed in the terrace garden, knot garden,
fragrance garden, trial and cutting garden, medicinal garden, culinary garden,
Historic Rose Walk and dye garden), the Sears Rose garden, the Evans Reading
Garden, and the Wild Flower Garden.
: 3728 East 69th Street, Rockefeller Park
Cleveland, OH (216)341-3553.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
- The 50 acres of gardens are divided into individual
gardens representing an ethnic community from the greater Cleveland area,
beginning with the Shakespeare Garden in 1916 and the Hebrew Garden in 1926. One
World Day is celebrated annually at the gardens.
: 3900 Wildlife
, OH 44109 (216)661-6500.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
- This 165 acre zoo includes extensive
large animal habitat and 2 acres indoors of tropics. The exhibits are grouped as
the Northern Trek, the Birds of the World, the Australian Adventure, the Upland
Commons, the Zoogate Commons, the Wolf Wilderness, and the RainForest. A public
Greenhouse features hundreds of tropical plants.
: 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Drive,
, OH 44106-1767 (216)238-4600 or (800)317-9155.
Columbus Park of Roses
- The museum offers two
wildflower gardens displaying plants native to Ohio in a variety of habitats:
the Thelma and Kent Smith Environmental Courtyard (Pond, Prairie, Allegheny
Opening, Floodplain and Northern Hardwood Forest) and the Perkins Wildlife
Memorial and Woods Garden (Bog, Mississippi Basin Buckeye Section and Mixed
: Whetstone Park, 3923 North High Street,
OH 43214 (614)645-3222.
Columbus Zoological Gardens
- This 13 acre park displays 11,000 rose bushes of more
than 350 varieties plus herb and perennial gardens and a daffodil garden.
Riverside Drive (State Route 257), Powell
, OH 43065 (614)645-3400.
- The 404 acres of naturalistic animal habitats, home to
11,000 creatures, are arranged in major exhibit areas including the
African, Asian and South American Exhibit, the Shores, the Arthropods,
Australasia, Birds, the North America Area, the Primates, and the
Reptiles. The extensive botanical garden component includes 800 species
of plants placed around the grounds to enhance exhibits and walkways,
including 75,000 annuals.
Community Rose Garden
Woodbury Rd. South of South Woodland Road, Shaker Heights
, OH 44120
Cox Arboretum & Gardens MetroPark
- This lovely garden alongside the Woodbury Elementary School
showcases 400 rose bushes tended by volunteers. The garden is in the process of
"going native" and becoming the Shaker Heights Community Rose Garden: A Nature
Five Rivers MetroParks
, 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton
, OH 45449 (937)434-9005
or Parks Dept.: (937)866-4661.
- This lovely 160 acre arboretum displays labeled
collections of woody plant materials in a park-like setting. Features include
thematic gardens, nature trails, a large water garden, an edible landscape
garden, unique birds and wildflowers.
: 11800 Poplar Creek Road, Baltimore
, OH 43105 (740)862-2406.
- This retail nursery is home to the largest selection of daylilies in central
Ohio and is an American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden.
: 7770 Jacksontown Road
SE (Ohio Route 13), Newark
, OH 43056 (740)323-2355 or (800) 44DAWES.
- This 1,149
acre arboretum's plant collections and natural areas evidence a lively spirit
behind its design. Special areas include the Metasequoia Test Site (dawn
redwoods), the Education Pond, the Dawes Memorial and Cemetery (where the
founders are buried), the Tree Dedicators Trail, the Daweswood History Complex,
the Park Woods, the Cypress Swamp, the Azalea Glen, the Beard-Green Cemetery,
the Rare Tree Walk, the Ground Cover Juniper Collection, the Observation Tower,
the Conifer Collection, Dawes Lake, the Hedge Lettering (spelling "Dawes
Arboretum"), the Crab Apple Collection, Pershing Avenue (street trees), the
Famous "17" (Ohio Buckeyes), the Oak/Beech Collection, Holly Hill, the Japanese
Garden, the All Seasons Garden, the Living Legacy Apple Orchard, and the
Forestry Test Plots.
200 Deeds Park Drive, Dayton
, OH 45402 (937)275-PARK (Five Rivers MetroParks).
- Beautiful perennial displays line hard surface walkways in this park overlooking
the Riverscape fountain at the confluence of the Mad and Great Miami Rivers.
: Mill Creek Park, 19 McKinley Avenue, Youngstown
, OH 44509
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden
- Renowned for its roses, the gardens include the Formal Garden,
the Blue Garden, the Shade Garden, the Formal Rose Garden, the Victorian Gazebo,
the K. Calvin Sommer Fountain, the Schmidt Rhododendron Collection, the Rock
Garden, the Great Terrace, the Beech Collection, the Four Seasons, the Long
Mall, the Perennial Border Walk and Climbing Rose Allee, and the Rose Garden
Terrace and Kidston Pavilion.
: 1777 E. Broad Street,
, OH 43203 (614)645-8733 or (800)214-PARK.
- Outdoors the visitor is
offered 28 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and theme gardens including
the Grand Mallway (a 5 acre formal garden), the Japanese Garden (a gift from
Osaka, Japan), the Native Garden (with prairie and woodland plants), the
Education Garden (herb, flower, and vegetable displays), and the AIDS Ribbon
(red flowers). The Conservatory offers displays from 4 exotic regions (the
Himilayan Mountains, the Rain Forest, the Pacific Island Water Garden, and the
Desert) as well as collections of palms, bonsai and orchids and the Showhouse
(changing theme displays).
: 2255 Home Road, Grove City
, OH 43123 (614)871-6323.
at Washington Park
interesting organization of these gardens (the Garden of Yesterday, the Garden
of Today, and the Garden of Tomorrow) allows each area to feature historically
appropriate herbs and planting styles.
: Washington Park, Sandusky
, OH (419)627-5844.
Gardenview Horticultural Park:
impressive public park features gardens, including a sunken garden, pictorial
beds and a floral clock, plus a greenhouse displaying a collection of tropical
16711 Pearl Road, Route 42, Strongsville
, OH 44136 (440)238-6653.
German Village Society
- "16 acres of freedom from the rat race." The park, the
remarkable effort of Henry A. Ross, offers 6 acres of display gardens and a 10
acre arboretum. Special plantings include the Spring Garden (tulips, daffodils,
azaleas and crabapples), Shade Plants (early spring bulbs and hostas), Rose
Gardens, Perennial Beds (daylilies, iris, peonies and rhododendrons), Herb
Gardens, and two ponds (water lilies and waterfowl). The Arboretum showcases
2,000 flowering and ornamental trees with over 500 varieties of crabapples. The
garden is an All-America Selections Display Garden.
: 588 S.
Third Street, Columbus
, OH 43215 (614)221-8888.
Hale Farm and Village
- This 233 acre privately funded
urban restoration district with over 1,600 restored buildings contains many
small urban gardens and Schiller Park with perennial beds and plantings.
Oak Hill Road, P.O. Box 296, Bath
, OH 44210-0296 (330)666-3711.
Garden (Sooty Acres) (Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati)
- An 1848 living
history museum with artisans and other village residents and household gardens.
Reading Road, Cincinnati
, OH 45206 (513)475-9600.
- Sooty Acres (because of
industrial soot) was the private garden and tree sanctuary of the president of
the Cincinnati Park Board, Cornelius J. Hauck, a "one man urban development
crew". The 4 acres of gardens include the Wildflower Garden, the Frank Wilmot
Memorial Daylily collection, the Hosta garden, the Hobson daffodil collection
and the All-American dahlia garden. Tree collections includes beech, oak,
magnolia, azalea and native trees, all now labeled.
: 9500 Sperry Road,
, OH 44094-5172 (440)256-4400.
Inniswood Metro Gardens
- The nation's largest arboretum showcases
3,100 acres of display gardens, horticultural collections and natural hiking
areas. Special features include the rhododendron garden, viburnum collection,
crabapple collection, lilac garden, wildflower garden, hedge garden and display
S. Hempstead Road, Westerville
, OH 43081 (614)895-6216.
H. McBride Arboretum
- This 92 acre botanical
garden and nature preserve features a host of gardens including rose, herb,
rock, medicinal, Biblical and various perennial gardens. Special plantings
include peonies, bearded iris, daylilies, hostas and naturalized drifts of
daffodils. Woodland trails are lined with wildflowers.
: Behind Firelands College of the Bowling Green State
, OH 44839 Erie MetroParks: (419)625-7783 Firelands College:
- This 50 acre arboretum features 20 acres of formal and ornamental
plantings with 300 tree species. In the spring, 150 flowering crabapples over 40
varieties are the focus of the annual Flowering Crabapple Celebration. A
woodland trail touches the banks of Sawmill Creek and pathways through perennial
beds provide access to the lake.
: 900 Park Avenue West, Mansfield
, OH 44906 (419)522-0211.
- The elegant grounds of this horticultural education center, formerly an estate,
feature trial beds, greenhouses and a duck pond with waterfowl, as well as
formal and display gardens with fountains, statuary and clipped hedges. More
than 40,000 tulips and 30,000 annuals grow in the 25 acres of gardens on this
47-acre site, as well as peonies, roses, herbs, iris, daylilies, and other
perennials. The 9,000 square foot greenhouse/orangeries complex displays an
indoor light garden, seasonal floral displays and collections of cacti,
succulents and orchids.
Conservatory, Hinkle Magnolia Garden
: Eden Park, 920 Eden Park Drive,
, OH 45202 (513)421-5707.
Lake View Cemetery
- Krohn Conservatory features native and
exotic flora exhibited in naturalistic settings. Displays include the Tropical
House (collections of ferns, cycads, bromeliads, and begonias and two pools),
the Palm House (an indoor rain forest with a 20 foot waterfall and towering
trees), Floral Display House (seasonal displays), the Desert Garden (cacti and
succulents), and the Orchid Room (several thousand orchids). The Hinkle Magnolia
Garden features a gazebo and fountain.
: 12316 Euclid
Avenue or Mayfield at Kenilworth Road, Cleveland
, OH 44106 (216)421-2665.
Mt. Airy Forest
285 acres of Lake View Cemetery gardens, an arboretum, the James A. Garfield
Monument and Wade Chapel. A 3 acre section, known as Daffodil Hill, displays
more than 100,000 bulbs. 500 of the trees and shrubs are labeled.
5083 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati
, OH 45223-1061 (513)351-4777.
State University Chadwick Arboretum
- The 120 arboretum
section of the Mt. Airy Forest displays more than 5,000 plants representing
1,600 species and varieties of deciduous trees and shrubs and evergreens. An
outstanding dwarf conifer collection is displayed around a one acre lake.
Special collections include ash, birch, beech, buckeye, cherry, crabapple,
deutzia, dogwood, elm, euonymus, fir, hawthorn, hemlock, juniper, lilac,
magnolia, maple, oak, poplar, spruce, viburnum, willow and yew, as well as
perennials and azaleas. Gardens include the Meyer Lake and Rare Flora Garden,
the Garden of the Rhododendron and the Braam Memorial Garden (azaleas and
rhododendrons) and the Green Garden (demonstration plantings of shrubs, ground
covers, vines and herbs).
: 2001 Fyffe Court, Columbus
, OH 43210
Oldest Stone House Museum
- This 40 acre arboretum also includes gardens at other campus
locations. The collections feature the van Fossen Wildflower Garden (bog garden,
sunny border and meadow), van Wade Hosta Collection (100 varieties), the
Columbus Landscape Association Conifer Garden, the Annual Trial and Display
Gardens, the Kleinmeier Perennial Garden, the ONLA Perennial Garden, the Color
Columbus 1,000 tree planting and the Mayhew Grove (85 species of native Ohio
trees), the Minton Rose Garden in the University Horticulture Gardens, and
collections of willows (200 species and cultivars), daylilies (50 cultivars) and
Lakewood Historical Society, 14710 Lake Avenue, Lakewood Park,
- This 1838 residence, moved to its present location,
includes an herb garden, with plants used for scents, dyes and flavoring pioneer
cooking, surrounded by a split-rail fence.
: 2810 Armstrong Road,
, OH 44691-8526 (330)345-6722.
The Perennial Plant Peddler
- This herb and perennial nursery's
offerings include a greenhouse solarium with herbs, perenials, scented
geraniums, old roses, flowering trees and shrubs, unique annuals, and topiaries,
plus two dozen outdoor display gardens.
, 8755 Township Road 251,
, OH 45840, (419)387-7230
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum
- This small family-owned commercial nursery offers an extensive, walkable plant collection show gardens
including 500 varieties of daylillies, 100 hostas, 50 succulents, and 600 other common and unusual perennials.
: 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road (Ohio
, OH 45011 (513)887-9514.
- An underground pyramid-shaped house, now
a museum, is set in 265 acres of park-like grounds featuring 37 monumental
pieces of contemporary sculpture, gardens, 7 lakes and hiking trails. Coming
soon: a maze.
20718 Danville-Amity Road,
, OH 43045 (740)392-2941.
Rockefeller Park Greenhouses
- This 680 acre arboretum is a mixture of native woodland, planted hardwood
plantations and agricultural land with six miles of hiking trails. A visitor
center is planned for 2000.
: 750 E. 88th Street,
, OH 44108
- This 4 acre public facility, a remnant of John D. Rockefeller's
estate, offers a variety of beautiful gardens, including the Japanese garden,
the Rose Garden, the Knot Garden, the Herb Garden, a Peace Garden, and the Betty
Ott Talking Garden for the Blind (with tape-recorded descriptions of the
plants), plus tropical plants, ferns, cacti and orchids.
Lakeview Park, 1800 West Erie Avenue, Lorain
, OH (440)245-1193.
- This port-city
public park (site of a national windsurfing championship) offers a lovely formal
rose garden and a giant Easter basket.
Avenue (State Road 45), Warren
, OH (330)841-2641.
Foundation and Gardens
- "This riverside park is the
site of a rose garden.
: 19255 West Portage River South Road,
- This picturesque 17 acre river-front site, divided between
upland and lowland habitats, includes collections of Japanese maples, pines,
lilacs, and specimen trees. Plantings showcase perennials and 15,000 annuals and
are ornamented with statuary and fountains. A Japanese Garden is situated on the
Market Street (South of State Route 113), Birmingham
, OH 44050 (440)458-5121 or
- This lovely 74 acre garden features formal gardens and natural
woodlands. Special features include collections of American holly, conifers and
rhododendrons, as well as topiary, a rose garden (with more than 500 bushes),
and a perennial border.
10001 West Central Avenue, Berkey
, OH 43504 (419)829-2761.
- This public park with
a Discovery Center offers a tallgrass prairie and more than 400 acres of
woodland and meadow.
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center at Ohio State University, 1680
Madison Avenue, Wooster
, OH 44691 (330)263-3761.
Cemetery and Arboretum
- This 85 acre research facility
displays 2,000 varieties of trees and shrubs in a park-like setting. Special
areas include the Rhododendron Display Garden, naturalized planting of azaleas
and rhododendrons, collections of flowering crabapples, conifers, hollies,
junipers, arborvitae and forest pines, a Shade Tree Plot (140 varieties), and
the Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance (2.7 acres displaying 1200 bushes and
500 different varieties of old-fashioned roses).
: 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati
, OH 45232
Spring Hill Nurseries
- The tranquil grounds display a variety of plantings including
daffodils, weeping cheery trees, rhododendrons, roses, lilies and chrysanthemums
as well as an All-America Selections Display Garden and Ohio "Big Trees".
: 110 W.
Elm Street, Tipp City
, OH 45371-1699 (513)354-1509.
Hall and Gardens
- National mail order nursery
with display gardens.
: 714 N. Portage Path, Akron
, OH 44303 (330)836-5533.
Stanley M. Rowe
- 70 acres of grounds landscaped by Warren Manning surround this 65-room Tudor
Revival mansion. Gardens include the English Garden (the only fully restored
Ellen Biddle Shipman garden in the U.S. accessible to the public), the Japanese
Garden, the Formal West Terrace, the lagoon, perennial gardens, cutting gardens
and a rose garden.
: 4600 Muchmore Road, Indian Hill
, OH 45243 (513)561-5151.
Stillwater Gardens Metropark/Wegerzyn Horticultural Center
- This 40
acre arboretum, formerly a private estate, displays 900 labeled varieties
including extensive collections of crabapples, conifers and lilacs as well as
oaks, magnolias, vibrurnums, variegated ornamentals, and late-summer-blooming
trees and shrubs.
: 1301 E.
Siebenthaler Avenue, Dayton
, OH 45414 (937)277-6545.
- This 60 acre horticultural
education facility offers striking formal gardens, including the Formal Rose
Garden, the Reception Lawn, the Garden Green (perennial beds and stone walls),
the Victorian Garden, the English Garden (a stone arch with perennials, annuals,
shrubs and roses), the Federal Garden, a white ash allee, and a Children's
Discovery Garden. The natural areas are featured with the Marie Aull Nature
Trail, the Wetland Woods (a riverbank habitat), and the nearby River Corridor
4131 Tantara Drive off Sylvania Avenue, The University of Toledo,
- This 47 acre arboretum exhibits 40 species of
crabapple, as well as dogwoods, hawthorns and other trees, plus common and rare
species of wildflowers.
316 Pike St., Cincinnati
, Ohio 45202 (513)241-0343.
Toledo Botanical Garden
- Award winning gardens grace
the grounds of this museum of decorative arts.
: 5403 Elmer
, OH 43615 (419)936-2986
Toledo Zoological Society
(formerly Crosby Gardens)
- This 57 acres of meadows and gardens
displays flowering trees and shrubs such as dogwood, magnolia, forsythia and
lilacs. Gardens include an herb garden (30 acres), a shade garden (with
rhododendrons and azaleas) and a wildflower walk (plants native to northwest
: 2700 Broadway, P.O. Box 4010, Toledo
, OH 43609
- This zoo is home to over 4,000 animals representing 600 different
species. Exhibits include the African Savanna, the Hippoquarium, the Kingdom of
the Apes, Tiger Terrace, Snow Leopards, Primate Forest, Cheetah Valley, Zoo
Babies, Koalas, Reptiles, Bald Eagle, Arctic Encounter, Children's Zoo, and an
Aviary. The Horticulture Center near the entrance displays gardens of roses,
herbs, perennials and annuals. A Conservatory showcases tropical plants.
: Old Deaf School
Park, 408 E. Town Street at Washington, Columbus
, OH 43215 (614)645-3300.
Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum
garden is a fabulous topiary recreation of George Seurat's painting A Sunday
Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
118 Woodland Avenue, Dayton
, OH 45415 (937)228-2581.
- This 230 "garden" cemetery
displays more than more than 3,000 trees and shrubs of 250 species including a
300 year old red oak and 8 Ohio Big Tree Champions.
: 198 Main (State Route 212), Zoar
, OH 44697 (330)874-3011
- This 1817 village was founded as a communal society by German
religious dissenters called the Society of Separatists of Zoar, Zoar meaning
"sanctuary from evil". The restored community garden occupies an entire village
square and is laid out geometrically to symbolize the New Jerusalem described in
the 21st Chapter of the Book of Revelation. A Norway spruce at the center of the
garden, symbolizing eternal life, was circled by an arbor vitae hedge,
representing heaven. Twelve juniper trees, one for each of the apostles, formed
a third concentric circle. A circular walk enclosed this area, with 12 radiating
pathways symbolizing the 12 tribes of Israel.