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  Cox Arboretum MetroPark
Cox Arboretum MetroPark
6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45449
(937) 434-9005
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Cox Arboretum MetroPark is a hands-on landscape arboretum where you can:

  • Escape from everyday stresses in this secluded oasis of natural beauty
  • 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.

Tree Tower
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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Conservation Corner
Includes two ponds, a prairie, and a bird blind for viewing wildlife.

Walking Trails
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.

Specialty Gardens

  • Water Garden
    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.

  • Rock Garden
    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.

    Opens summer 2016. 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.

    The Arbor blends elegance with function. Architectural elements inspired by the tree tower and Zorniger building complex combine to create the perfect setting to enjoy the tranquility of the lower pond or the formal lines of the Allée.

  • Shrub Garden
    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.

  • Compost Kitchen
    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.

  • Conifer Collection
    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.
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