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Holden Arboretum, The

9500 Sperry Road
Kirkland, Ohio

Phone: (216) 946-4400 --

Statement of Purpose:

The Holden Arboretum's mission is to promote the knowledge and appreciation of plants for personal enjoyment, inspiration, and recreation; for scientific research; and for educational and aesthetic purposes:

-to develop and maintain documented collections of woody plants and other botanic specimens appropriate to the climatic zone of northeast Ohio;

-to acquire, grow, and display plants, both ornamental and those of scientific interest, and to demonstrate horticultural principles;

-to study, manage, and conserve the natural environment, including flora and fauna, of The Holden Arboretum lands; and

-to engage in horticultural research and in educational and public service activities that will enable others to make use of the knowledge acquired.

Highlights & Collections:

Visitors can experience the beauty of the display gardens, the horticultural collections, 20 miles of natural trails, wildflower exploration, bird watching and nature photography. Trails range from short walks to rugged hikes, inviting visitors to explore the gardens, woods and lakes of this scenic wonderland. During the month of March, the educational sugarbush demonstrates to visitors how maple syrup is made. Fall colors make hiking natural trails a magnificent experience. Winter splendor adds a special touch to the hiking experience.

The Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden, Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden, Crabapple Collection, Magnolia Collection, Maple Collection, Nut Tree Collection, Conifer Collection, and Display Garden which includes our Lilac, Viburnum, and Arthur S. Holden Hedge Collection.

Exhibits & Special Events:

1997 Calendar of Events:

1998 Calendar of Events:


Open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Monday) from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Admission & Directions:

The Holden Arboretum is 25 miles east of Cleveland. Take Rt. I-90 and exit at Rt. 306. Turn south on Rt. 306 to Kirtland- Chardon Road. Turn east on Kirtland-Chardon Road and follow the signs to Sperry Road and The Holden Arboretum entrance.


Rhododendron Garden Bridge - Spring

by Bruce Cubberley, Horticulture Educator

Guided tour of the Wildflower Garden - Spring

by Bruce Cubberley, Horticulture Educator.

Wildflower Garden - Spring

From Library.

White Oak - Fall

From Library.

Key Personnel:

Dr. Richard Munson, Executive Director

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