Adult Programs

Rhododendron Weekend Seminar, Tours and Activities @ The Holden Arboretum
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Learn more about rhododendrons from the experts, including how to successfully grow them in your home landscape and take home a free rhododendron (while supplies last) during Rhododendron Weekend at the Holden Arboretum.

Activities will be held Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 from 10am to 4pm, and include:

  • Guided Tours of the Arboretum’s rhododendron collections, which should be at or near peak bloom, highlighting the beauty of the plants as well as Holden Forests & Gardens’ horticulture, research and conservation efforts.
  • Rhododendron Flower Show highlighting the many varieties of rhododendron that can be grown in the Great Lakes region
  • Landscape Exhibit featuring hardy, low-maintenance rhododendrons that can add a “Wow” factor to small urban gardens and yards.
  • A Hands-On Planting Station allowing guests to get their hands dirty and take home a free rhododendron while supplies last.

On Saturday, from 4 – 6pm, learn more about the research being conducted utilizing rhododendrons during a free public seminar at the Corning Visitor Center. The program includes:

  • “From Horticulture Hero to Cancer Cure: What Research Has Your Rhododendron Done Today?” presented by Holden Forests & Garden scientist Juliana Medeiros, PhD.
  • “The Power of Citizen Science: How We Grew Our Community with Colored Cabbages and Rhododendron Hybrids,” presented by Nick Yarmoshouk and Christina Woodward, Niagara Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.

Activities and seminars are open to the public and free for members and included with admission for nonmembers. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The weekend’s events are being held in conjunction with the American Rhododendron Society’s annual meeting.

Bouquets Wine Tasting @ Holden Arboretum
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

New This Year, Experience the Taste of Terroir

Expand your wine tasting experience with this add-on limited seating special tasting, focusing on the factors the make up a wine, including soil, topography and climate, specifically in the California regions. This instructor-led discussion will include a sampling of four wines – Beringer Luminus Chardonnay versus Beringer Private Reserve and Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet versus Beringer Distinction series Napa Cabernet. The special tasting will take place inside the Thayer Center which is a short walk to our Grand Tasting. This event takes place from 3:30-4:45pm. The cost to attend is $25.

Tickets for Bouquets are $70 per member, $90 per nonmember and $35 per designated driver

Combined tickets including Bouquets and Taste of Terroir are $95 per member, $135 per nonmember and $35 per designated driver

Thousands of spring blooms become a picturesque backdrop for an evening of sampling a variety of international, domestic and regional wines accompanied by great food and live music

Dress for the weather, wear your walking shoes; we’ll provide a reusable wine goblet and your evening’s activities. Stroll  through our beautiful garden, enjoying drink, food samplings, and the company of others who appreciate nature’s bounty.

Wine tasting includes:

  • 12 tickets to taste. Choose from more than 50 wines during the evening
  • Free parking at the Corning Visitor Center
  • Take-home Holden Forests & Gardens wine glass sampler
  • Take-home bottle of wine
  • Tasty accompaniments from area restaurants including Chefs for Hire Catering, Culinaire Pavane, Driftwood Catering, Ianiro’s Imported Foods, Bon Appetit Management Co., The Olive and The Grape, Great Scott Tavern, Kirtland City Tavern, Great Lakes Cheese
  • Live music performance by the Stable Shakers band.

Must be 21 or older to attend.

All proceeds from this event support the continued development and care of the region’s premiere rhododendron gardens, the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden and the Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden.

Sand Barrens and Railroad Barons of Ashtabula @ Conneaut, Ohio, directions sent with confirmation
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Sand Barrens are one the most unique habitats in Ohio. These glacial sand ridges support a population of native lupine and nearby hemlock hardwood swamps provide nesting habitat for hermit thrushes, magnolia warblers and winter wrens. Next, we’ll explore Ohio’s newest preserve/park in the extreme northeast corner of Ohio. This 600-acre property, formerly owned by various railroad and steel companies,boasts hundreds of acres of swamp and lake plain forests and more than a mile of natural Lake Erie shoreline, two-miles of Turkey Creek and railroad remnants. Afterward, we’ll make an optional stop at the classic 1950s White Turkey Drive-in for lunch (not included in fee). Moderate/difficult, three miles on and off trail.

Yoga in the Garden – Session 1 @ Thayer Center
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Session runs until July 9.

Hatha Yoga helps you be more centered and focused – breath work and cultivates flexibility, strength and deep relaxation. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat and pillow. All levels welcome.


Gentle Chair Yoga — Session I @ The Holden Arboretum
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn traditional yoga poses with the support of
a chair. Breathing and relaxation techniques,
flexibility, strength and balance will be
taught. Great for seniors. Wear loose clothing.

Yoga in the Garden – Session I @ Thayer Center
Jun 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Hatha Yoga helps you be more centered and focused – breath work and cultivates flexibility, strength and deep relaxation. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat and pillow. All levels welcome.


Composition In Oil Or Acrylic @ The Holden Arboretum
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Paint light on botanical form in the Holden Butterfly Garden and classroom in this six-week session at the Arboretum. Learn to see light as contrasting shape, adding structure and detail with line, tone and color. Begin with a day of charcoal drawing, then immediately underpaint, and layer with wet-into-wet blending technique. Create oil or acrylic sketches and one larger painting. All levels are welcome.

A second, five-week session will begin on Wednesday, July 16.


Mindfulness In Nature Series @ The Holden Arboretum
Jun 6 @ 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm

This is a three-session series, meeting on June 6, 20 and July 11.

Take a break from the hectic pace of everyday life to experience the benefits of mindfulness practice in connection with nature. This three-session program will involve mindfulness and sensory engagement activities in the natural areas throughout the Arboretum. Participants will develop a deeper connection to nature and themselves and learn new tools to reduce stress and improve well-being. Comfort with hiking 1 -2 miles on unpaved trails is necessary. Be prepared for getting “up close” to nature, including sitting on the ground, getting hands dirty and hiking in the rain.

Yoga in the Garden – Session I @ Thayer Center
Jun 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Session runs until July 12.

Hatha Yoga helps you be more centered and focused – breath work and cultivates flexibility, strength and deep relaxation. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat and pillow. All levels welcome.


Wine and Cheese Night Hike @ Holden Arboretum
Jun 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Enjoy the Arboretum’s sights and sounds and learn about the night time forest ecosystem. Afterwards relax with food and drink. Wear sturdy shoes, this hike goes no matter the weather.