Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower Opening


(CLEVELAND) March 9, 2023 – Get ready to experience spring in all its beauty at the Holden Arboretum. Be on the lookout for colorful blooms popping up all over the grounds and enjoy long hikes on one of our many trails. From onsite experiences to classes and events, spring comes to life at Holden Arboretum. The Arboretum hours are Tuesday- Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. The first official day of the spring season is Monday, March 20, 2023. 

Spring at the Holden Arboretum Photos  

One of top outdoor attractions in Northeast Ohio is back! 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. The Murch Canopy Walk invites guests on a 500-foot-long elevated walkway that is built 65 feet above the forest floor. This immersive experience takes guests in and out of the forest canopy to experience everything from the middle of a mature forest to a raised view of streams and the forest floor.

FREE ADMISSION DAY Friday, April 28th – ARBOR DAY 2023 
Celebrate trees with one of the best living museums in the country on Arbor Day. Enjoy free admission to the arboretum (and the Cleveland Botanical Garden) and a free tree seedling giveaway while supplies last.

OPENING Saturday, May 27th – Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks 
Nature Connects will feature more than a dozen towering creations that will pop out of garden and trail landscapes creating a magical new world at the arboretum. Nature Connects opens Saturday, May 27th, and runs through Monday, September 4th, 2023. Tickets will be available for purchase in advance beginning in May at

Join us on select Fridays this spring: March 31, April 28, May 26 from 8:00- 11:00 p.m. for an evening walk in our forests and gardens. We’ll savor the sights and sounds of Holden Arboretum at night before concluding with wine and cheese refreshments. This experience is available for folks 21 years of age and older. Cost: $30 per member, $45 per non-member. Registration Link Here

BEGINNING in May – ‘It’s in Bloom’ Tours  
The most spectacular flowers are in bloom over the next several weeks at the Holden Arboretum. Whether you are in the mood for a hike through a woodland forest, a walk around a lake, a stroll through blooming gardens (or all three!) we have the experiences for you.

  • Spring Blossoms Tour at the Best Unknown Garden in The Land (Leach Research Station) On Sunday, May 14th and Saturday May 27th from 10-11:30 a.m. Join Connor Ryan, Rhododendron Collections Manager for an exclusive look at one of the best Rhododendron collections in the world. Much of our plant breeding work takes place at the David G Leach Research Station, a 30-acre facility in Madison, Ohio that is only open to the public a few times a year. Cost: $20 per member, $35 per nonmember.  
  • Rhododendron Walking Tours Join us on Wednesday, May 24th from 3:30-5 p.m. to experience Rhododendrons in the best way possible at the Holden Arboretum with a walking tour. Cost: $10 per member, $25 per nonmember.  

Starting in May, 45- minute Tram Tours will give guests an overview of the campus and gardens, with a focus on seasonal highlights. You may also learn a little history and information about the scientific work that happens behind the scenes.


Be better to the planet, beginning in your backyard 

On Saturday, April 8th, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. join us to celebrate Earth Day early by starting seeds sustainably! Children and their guardians will experience the fun of upcycling in the garden with creative containers that are usually thrown away. Participants will leave with five different seed starts, fertilizer, and an at-home germination experiment. You are welcome to bring your own plastic or carton containers to upcycle, as long as they are at least 2-3” deep and thoroughly cleaned (no metal cans). Cost: $25 per member, $40 per nonmember ($15 per additional child). Registration Link Here

Join us on Thursday, April 20th from 1-4 p.m. to learn how you can make a difference through composting. Intentionally composting accelerates the natural process of the breakdown of organic matter. Composting reduces landfill waste, saves you from using chemical fertilizer, and introduces beneficial organisms to your soil. Cost: $35 per member, $50 per nonmember.

Join us on EARTH DAY, Saturday April 22nd from 10-11 a.m. Growing a garden is a great way to celebrate the Earth! Join us for a fun morning of seed starting with your family. We’ll share a story, paint a pot, and sow some lettuce seeds to take home. All materials provided. Cost: $20 per member, $35 per non-member
(Price includes 1 child & 1 adult, $15 per additional child)

On Thursday, April 27th from 1-3 p.m. join us for a special class to learn how to plant and care for a tree of your own! Planting a tree is one of the most important things we can do to combat the effects of climate change in Northeast Ohio. Cost: $25 per member, $40 per non-member

Join us on Wednesday, April 19th, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. to discuss books that open a window to the great outdoors! It’s free with admission and open to anyone who read the book, but please register in advance for the session you will be attending. Please leave small children at home, but older ones with interest in the topic may attend, especially if they’ve read the book with you. Didn’t quite finish the book? As long as you don’t mind spoilers, come anyways and discuss the bits you got to. Cost: included with admission. Registration Link Here

We are excited to provide an in-person day camp at the Holden Arboretum this summer for children in rising grades 1-7. Each uniquely themed camp is packed with outdoor exploration, hands-on learning, and physical and creative activities that will get kids connected to and excited about nature. Registration Link Here

Save the date for Saturday, July 15th, to join us to celebrate Holden Forests & Gardens and support our mission at the only benefit this year, Twilight at the Holden Arboretum. Enjoy an elevated picnic meal catered by Spice Catering Co., live music, and entertainment for the whole family. Details to follow on our website

About Holden Forests & Gardens 
Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions — the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden — whose mission is to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities. Holden Forests & Gardens has over 17,000 member households and an annual attendance of over 350,000 for whom we strive to provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences. For more information, visit



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