Adult Group Tours

Guided Group Tours

Every season offers the opportunity to experience beautiful and interesting areas of The Holden Arboretum.  Trained guides and staff lead the way on tours of breathtaking gardens, special collections and natural areas.

Garden Tours

Holden Highlights Walking Tour: April - November – An overview of Holden history, gardens, collections and natural areas with special emphasis on seasonal highlights. (1 ½ hours)

 

Tram Highlights Tour: (1 hour) Tours offer a sampling of Holden's gardens and collection.

 

Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden Tour: June - September – Enjoy a leisurely 40 minute walk through the Holden Butterfly Garden to observe pollinators in action. Learn about their importance and how easy it is to attract them. Whether you are a beginning or seasoned gardener you will be sure to pick up many ideas.

 

 

Tram tours

Lantern Court Gardens Tour: April-October – Tour the exquisite gardens of Lantern Court. Delight in the formal English borders, naturalized plantings along the wooded ravines, rock gardens and perennial beds. Pick up ideas for attractive plant combinations to incorporate into your home landscape. (1hour)

 

Eliot and Linda Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden Tour: May - June- Take in the beautiful vista as you stroll and learn about the stunning new garden filled with rhododendrons, azaleas and a wide array of colorful and textural companion plants. Gather inspirational ideas for your home garden and see how easy it is to grow many of these plants once you understand their cultural requirements. Explore the wide palette of Rhododendrons and other closely related family members and discover what it takes for horticulturists and Holden staff to create a new rhododendron cultivar. (1 hour)

 

Natural Area Tours

For a more rugged view of nature, take a longer tour of our natural areas. Tours take about three hours. To preserve these fragile areas, tours are open to a limited number of guests each month. No children under 12.

 

Tour of the natural areas

Stebbins Gulch
A wet walk through a tributary of the East Branch of the Chagrin River. Discover geologic formations and plant communities not found anywhere else. Rugged 3 miles.

 

Little Mountain
Once a resort for those escaping summer’s heat, Little Mountain has once again become a woodland retreat. Learn the history of the area while touring geologically fascinating ravines and unique wooded areas. Moderate 1.5 miles.

 

The Nature of Pierson Creek Valley (NEW)

A pristine ravine, deeply incised in glacial till, the Pierson Creek Valley has a unique story to tell about our natural history. The hike will highlight the diversity of magnificent native trees, understory plants

and the geology of the valley. Much of the hike takes place in the stream.

Rugged 2.5 miles.

Want to know more about touring Stebbins Gulch? Take the photo tour and see some of the tour's highlights.

 

How to Register

Most tours can accommodate groups of 10 or more. For more information and fees contact the Education and Public Programs Department at 440.602.3833 or programregistrations@holdenarb.org three weeks prior to your preferred tour date. Cancellations must be made 48 hours before your tour date or a $15 processing fee will be charged. Facility rentals and catering options are also available.