The Holden Arboretum
The Holden Arboretum encompasses an expansive 3,500 acres including lush woodlands and 200 acres dedicated to thoughtfully cultivated gardens.
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Over 10 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens, featuring rare and exotic collections, plus specially curated specimens planted in themed glasshouses.
Events & Experiences
Fall Color Watch Oct. 15th
This is a good week to view tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) at the arboretum, which also happens to be our featured tree of the month. Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina), and highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) are also beginning to give impressive color, as well as Persimmons (Diospyros virginiana cultivars) near Blueberry Pond showcasing some golden yellow fall foliage and ripening fruit. Purchase tickets to visit arboretum. At the botanical garden, fall color arrives a little later than at the arboretum, but there are still bright bursts of color throughout the grounds with festive displays of mums, pumpkins and seasonal planters, perfect for endless fall photo opportunities! Purchase tickets to visit botanical garden.
Leaf Discovery Trail
As Northeast Ohio’s trees begin to change color, now is the perfect time to sharpen your leaf and tree identification skills! Pick up a brochure at the Arboretum or Botanical Garden and follow the Leaf Trail, an immersive autumn leaf identification activity. Learn how to identify the trees marked with numbered tags on the grounds.
Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty
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Twisting mazes. Towering castles. All constructed from willow sticks and branches. Patrick Dougherty’s art has been featured in more than 300 locations around the world, and we have the privilege of hosting his Northeast Ohio debut at the Holden Arboretum. Buy tickets here.Explore
Kalberer Emergent Tower and Murch Canopy Walk
Experience fall color from a new perspective at the Arboretum. The Murch Canopy Walk invites guests on a 500-foot-long elevated walkway that is built 65 feet above the forest floor. The Emergent Tower is 120 feet or approximately 12 stories tall and provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding area all the way to Lake Erie. Buy tickets here.
Tree Planting & Community Forestry
Holden Unveils New Tree Appreciation Series for People for Trees by Artist Julia Kuo
This fall, Taiwanese- American children’s book and editorial illustrator Julia Kuo helps Holden Forests & Gardens’ People for Trees movement write a love letter to trees through a Tree Appreciation campaign, featuring a series of vibrant, moving images created by the artist. This custom imagery showcases why we love trees, and why our tree-planting initiative is so important to Northeast Ohio.
Check out more about artist Julia Kuo in our featured Q&A blog. This tree art will be available for purchase in our botanical garden and arboretum gifts shops in the coming months. Sign up for our enewsletter for the latest information.
PBS NewsHour features Holden Forests & Gardens and our partners’ urban reforestation work
Holden Forests & Gardens was featured in PBS Newshour’s focus on the city of Cleveland’s tree canopy loss and efforts to combat it, entitled “Can urban reforestation help lower rising temperatures?” Watch the clip here.
Fall Community Tree Plantings
Holden’s People for Trees will be partnering with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) to plant 20 trees at Carver Park, part of a project to add 75 new trees to three public housing estates on Cleveland’s East Side over the next 18 months. Learn more here.
People for Trees
Our movement to plant and care for 15,000 trees by 2025 in NEO is off to an incredible start! Click here for an update from our Director of Community Partnerships, Sandra Albro.Join the movement and pledge today
Our work improves our forests’ health, and ultimately promotes conservation throughout the region.See the Learning Forest
Tree of the Month: Tupelo
This selection has a very tight, upright habit unlike the species. The lustrous dark green summer foliage turns impressive shades of orange in early fall. The upright narrow habit is ideal for smaller spaces and as an urban tree. Black gums prefer full sun to partial shade and will thrive with almost no maintenance once established. Great tree for wildlife.Explore
Research & Science News
Beech Leaf Disease and Forest Fungi: Healthy trees support healthy fungal communities
Arboreta play an active role in studying a wide range of tree diseases and the pathogens and parasites that cause them. Recently, our focus at Holden has been on Beech Leaf Disease (BLD), which is an emerging forest disease affecting beech trees in the midwestern and northeastern United States, and southern Canada. Read more here. Keep up with our weekly Science on Friday series and other timely announcements here. Check out our Guides and Resources for the latest how-tos about gardening and so much more.Explore
Programs & Classes
Go Back to School with Trees & Plants
This fall, learn more about the natural world around us and how to care for it with school programs for all ages. We offer engaging hands-on experiences virtually or at the arboretum and botanical garden. We have new programs for Scouts, too.Learn more
Together, we stand tall.
Holden Forests & Gardens connects people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities. You play an integral role in realizing our mission
and helping us sow the seeds for success.
We focus on tree and plant life, with extensive collections that we hope will inspire healthier communities.
We are experts in research, conservation, and community forestry, and strive to make an impact in Northeast Ohio—and beyond.
We educate people of all ages and experience levels, from budding enthusiasts to serious botanists.
You can develop a deeper appreciation for the natural world, and share your passion with others.
You can support our efforts and contribute to a more vibrant future for our entire community.
You can make a difference in your community by planting a single tree.
Green Corps partners with resident-led gardens to optimize benefits to the people and plants in Cleveland while engaging urban youth in exploratory experiences to inspire future stewardship and careers in the green industry.