|Cox Arboretum MetroPark is a hands-on landscape arboretum where you can:
Escape from everyday stresses in this secluded oasis of natural
Discover the value of nature with family, friends and fellow students
Grow through interactive experiences – like our volunteers who
grow plants, friendships and personal expertise and the school children who use
the Arboretum as their outdoor laboratory.
Zorniger Education Campus
This series of buildings sets the stage for a wide variety of educational activities.
Classes, programs, and workshops about horticulture and natural history are held
year-round on the campus.
The tower rises 46 feet above the conifer collection, providing breathtaking views of the Arboretum grounds and collections, as well as distant panoramas of the surrounding area.
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Includes two ponds, a prairie, and a bird blind for viewing wildlife.
The grounds of the Arboretum are easy to walk. The natural area and Conservation
Corner offer about 2.5 miles of trails through woodlands and meadows. Paved paths
provide another mile of walking through the cultivated gardens.
Enjoy the serenity of a water garden landscaped with a mix of water-loving plants, perennial and shrub borders, and seasonal displays.
Stonewall Perennial Garden
This mixed border features perennials chosen for year-round interest, including reliable garden favorites and promising new introductions.
Alpine plants, low growing vegetation and dwarf conifers all thrive in this sloping garden of rocks and gravel. Peak blooming period is April and May.
In March 24, 2014 we removed the longstanding and fondly remembered Clematis Arbor at the north end of the Flowering Tree Allée. Over the years the structure had deteriorated and will be replaced by a new and exciting focal point as we complete the allée. Learn more about the changes to the allée >>
Closed for the season. The Butterfly House enables children and adults to view native butterflies and moths in all stages of metamorphosis. Species such as painted lady, red admiral, monarch, giant swallowtail, black swallowtail, spicebush swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, luna moth, Cecropia moth, Polyphemus moth and pipevine swallowtail are featured.
Flowering Tree ALLÉE
In March 2014 the long-standing Crabapple Allée was replanted with 100 kousa dogwood trees (Cornus kousa). The new trees will retain and extend the beauty of the alee providing 4 seasons of interest. Visitors can look forward to later and longer blooms, showy red fall foliage, ornamental bark and a bird attracting fruit display late in the season. Kousa dogwoods also have a longer 'service life' of 50+ years. Learn more about the changes to the allée >>
This garden allows home gardeners to evaluate growth and flowering habit, fall color, and winter character of hundreds of different trees and shrubs.
Bell Children's Maze
Parents are invited to watch from the overlook or join in the fun as children discover a path through 1,175 boxwoods to the center of the maze.
Explore a working, demonstration exhibit to learn about composting, observe the process and evaluate how to incorporate this aspect of land stewardship into your home.
Edible Landscape Garden
Edible plants are featured here as ornamental components of the landscape. This garden combines beauty and utility through a unique display of fruits, vegetables and herbs. The pavilion serves as an outdoor classroom.
Woodland Wildflower Garden
This young, successional woodland features a collection of native woodland wildflowers and non-native species that can work well with natives in a residential shade garden. During the spring, the wildflowers are at their peak. At the west end of the garden is a connection to the red trail and Conservation Corner.
A variety of evergreens that can be grown in the Dayton area are displayed here, exhibiting the wide range of textures and colors available for the home landscape.
Cox Arboretum Foundation Garden Store
In May 2014, the Cox Arboretum Foundation board voted to transition the foundation’s Cox Garden Store into an interactive educational hub to better fit the mission of the foundation and arboretum. Hand-made and arb-produced items (terrariums, hypertufas, leaf castings, violets, bat houses, etc.) will continue to be sold in the gallery and the current store space will be transitioned into a visitor hospitality area and eventually become an interactive education hub. The education hub will serve as an introduction for visitors to learn more about the arboretum (and all of Five Rivers MetroParks) prior to entering the park/garden areas.