Holden Forests & Gardens

We are proud to introduce a new name to represent our organization – Holden Forests & Gardens. The name is an outgrowth of our recently completed strategic plan which lays out a vision to more deeply engage visitors to our two campuses and also use our combined resources to have a greater impact in the community. Establishing a name for the overall organization reflects this broader vision. Holden Forests & Gardens envisions a future in which vibrant green communities and diverse native forests flourish and sustain life.

Learn more about the work we are doing and our vision for the future in this video.

Holden Arboretum

Covering 3,600 acres, including 2,000 acres of forests and wetlands, the Holden Arboretum has more than 20 miles of trails, leading you through native forests and cultivated gardens such as the Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden and the Holden Wildflower Garden. The Kalberer Emergent Tower and Murch Canopy Walk give visitors an entirely new way to experience the forest.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Guests to the Cleveland Botanical Garden find beauty and inspiration by immersing themselves in our 20 unique gardens, from the Western Reserve Herb Society Garden to the Hershey Children’s Garden, while the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse features exotic plants and animals of the Costa Rica cloud forest and the Madagascar spiny desert.

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Museums for All

We have become our region’s first participant in Museums for All, a national initiative aimed at providing every child and family access to high-quality museum experiences. Holden Forests & Gardens’ two institutions–Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum—will offer $1 per person admission with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card for the cardholder and their immediate family.


Cleveland Tree Plan

We are proud to have helped develop the Cleveland Tree Plan, aimed at increasing the city’s forest canopy.  And now we’re excited to work with our partners such as the City of Cleveland and Western Reserve Land Conservancy to bring the plan to reality, so Cleveland once again will deserve to be called the Forest City.


Green Corps

Our innovative Green Corps program employs Cleveland teens to operate urban farms, where they learn how to grow, harvest and sell fresh produce, while developing workplace and life skills to help them in the future. More than 1,000 Cleveland teens have participated in the program since it started in 1996.

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