Events

May
26
Sun
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.

Jun
1
Sat
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.

Jun
11
Tue
Sounds of Summer Concert @ Holden Arboretum
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for our popular garden concert series and enjoy the music of great local bands surrounded by the beauty of the Arboretum. Seating is on the lawn, so bring a blanket or lawn chair. This year’s concert series is made possible through the generous support of Gay and Edward Addicott. 

Concerts start at 7pm. Bring a picnic supper or purchase something to eat from our concert caterer. Due to the requirements of our liquor license, guests are not permitted to bring their own alcohol, but beer and wine will be on sale during the concert. See complete lineup of performances. 

 

Jun
15
Sat
Woodland Express Model Garden Railroad @ The Holden Arboretum
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Children, train enthusiasts and everyone in between will delight in this garden scale model train exhibit with structures inspired by woodland animals. The Woodland Express promises to be the must see event of the summer.

Learn more. 

 

Jun
16
Sun
Woodland 5K @ The Holden Arboretum
Jun 16 @ 7:30 am

Race fee includes admission for the day to the Arboretum. The first 300 registrants receive race day t-shirts. Post-race snacks and awards to top runners overall and in each age and gender category. Dogs are permitted to run the course on a leash, but runners with dogs will be positioned at the back of the start pack. This is a rain or shine event.

Sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Woodland Express Model Garden Railroad @ The Holden Arboretum
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Children, train enthusiasts and everyone in between will delight in this garden scale model train exhibit with structures inspired by woodland animals. The Woodland Express promises to be the must see event of the summer.

Learn more. 

 

Jun
17
Mon
Woodland Express Model Garden Railroad @ The Holden Arboretum
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Children, train enthusiasts and everyone in between will delight in this garden scale model train exhibit with structures inspired by woodland animals. The Woodland Express promises to be the must see event of the summer.

Learn more. 

 

Jun
18
Tue
Woodland Express Model Garden Railroad @ The Holden Arboretum
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Children, train enthusiasts and everyone in between will delight in this garden scale model train exhibit with structures inspired by woodland animals. The Woodland Express promises to be the must see event of the summer.

Learn more. 

 

Sounds of Summer Concert @ Holden Arboretum
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for our popular garden concert series and enjoy the music of great local bands surrounded by the beauty of the Arboretum. Seating is on the lawn, so bring a blanket or lawn chair. This year’s concert series is made possible through the generous support of Gay and Edward Addicott. 

Concerts start at 7pm. Bring a picnic supper or purchase something to eat from our concert caterer. Due to the requirements of our liquor license, guests are not permitted to bring their own alcohol, but beer and wine will be on sale during the concert. See complete lineup of performances. 

 

Jun
19
Wed
Woodland Express Model Garden Railroad @ The Holden Arboretum
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Children, train enthusiasts and everyone in between will delight in this garden scale model train exhibit with structures inspired by woodland animals. The Woodland Express promises to be the must see event of the summer.

Learn more.