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Historic house and garden tours
Learn about the history of the land and what is in bloom in the gardens.

Tea Talks with educational element focused around a type of plant, with a hands-on activity and refreshments.

 
  Aullwood Garden MetroPark
Aullwood Garden MetroPark
955 Aullwood Road, Englewood, Ohio 45414
(937) 275-PARK (7275)
 
   
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Feast your eyes on a spectacular display of winter aconite, bulbs and bluebells on our hillsides. Tens of thousands of mertensia cover the hillsides in April. They are accompanied with a profusion of blue-eyed Marys, hepaticas, drifts of trillium, Dutchmen's britches, shooting stars, and violets. Peak springtime bloom is mid-April. In May, the lilacs are at their best, flowering shortly after the fragrant Korean spice Viburnum. Stop by the end of May for peony blossoms. A carpet of pansies throughout April and May becomes a rose garden in June; nearby, climbing hydrangea finds its way up the side of the Aull house.

Woodland trails are open for hiking, and returning birds abound. Spring provides excellent chance to catch many migrants on their journey through the area, including the rare golden-winged, Connecticut, and mourning warblers.

 
    • This nationally recognized, historic estate garden is rich in plant diversity, habitats and tranquility. Many bird and butterfly species are observed here. The garden acquired its present configuration in the two decades following John and Marie's marriage in 1923. From the beginning, Wiles Creek served as a landscape focus and the forest shade determined the selection of plants. Tens of thousands of Virginia bluebells that now cover the hillsides in late April are the progeny of 500 plants they purchased.
    • In 1977, Marie Aull conveyed her cottage home, a 30-acre garden, and a maintenance endowment to Five Rivers MetroParks, with the provision that she be able to reside on the property as long as she lived, while keeping her garden open to the public. Marie continued to direct the work of the gardeners after the donation of Aullwood Garden to MetroParks. Despite the help of gardeners, Marie could not resist working in the garden herself, even at age 90. Mrs. Aull was a familiar figure to those who visited her gardens.

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    • Call (937) 275-7275 ext. 1761 if you need special access M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. or during public programs. There is one accessible port-a-john at the accessible parking lot. The house is not open to the public and is not ADA accessible. The path from the parking lot to the front garden area is accessible (packed limestone).  Gently rolling paths and trails limit ADA accessibility. The trail surfaces include: gravel, grass, soil, and chip & seal. No snow removal in winter. There are 6 park benches along the path in the garden areas.

    • Directions
      From I-75 exit US 40 West/Vandalia exit, go left (go past airport exit); left on Aullwood Rd (just before the Englewood Dam), South. Watch for sign “Aullwood Garden parking”; on right or west side of road.

      Public Transportation
      No direct service.
      Route 16 is the closest route. Take route 16 at Main Street and National Road to the East Park of Englewood MetroPark or Aullwood Garden MetroPark. Walk about two miles northeast on U.S. 40 to Aullwood Road, then turn south on Aullwood Road to Aullwood Garden MetroPark.

      Plan a Bus Trip!
      Learn about RTA's Bike Rack Program

    • In addition to the famous garden, this park boasts a high quality mature forest containing outstanding examples of native trees, plants and forest wildlife. A small, planted prairie gives a glimpse of native grassland habitat.

Visitor Information

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 39.87195
Longitude: -84.277257

Park Hours:

  • April 1 - Oct. 31, 8 am – 10 pm
  • Nov. 1 - March 31, 8 am – 8 pm
  • Closed Christmas and New Year's Day

Facility Rental: No rentals are available. Weddings are not permitted at this location. View reservable facilities at Five Rivers MetroParks.

Parking: Free parking is available: See Map

School Group Tours:
Schools and other groups may schedule guided tours of the garden. Call (937) 275-PARK (7275) to schedule.
 
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Pet Policy:
Pets are not permitted. We have a working dog. Pets are allowed at nearby Englewood MetroPark.

Reservations:
(937) 275-7275, ext. 1761
Park Features/Amenities
For decades, this living work of art has touched visitors emotionally and spiritually with its diversity and abundance of floral displays, towering trees and serenity. The 31-acre park has a picturesque creek, prairie, woods, and gardens planted with native & exotic flowers. Conveniently located just south of US 40 past the Aullwood Audubon Center in Dayton.
 
 
 
 
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