Woodland Express Garden Railroad Exhibit

June 15 – Sept. 15, 9am to 5pm daily

Woodland Express, presented by Fleet Response

Step into a magical garden model railroad featuring G-scale trains traveling through tunnels, bridges, and animal habitats handcrafted with natural materials, at Woodland Express, presented by Fleet Response.

This world in miniature features “botanical architecture” made from leaves, twigs, and other natural materials by Applied Imagination, a Kentucky-based firm that has been producing award-winning garden railroad exhibits for decades.  Among the featured elements of Woodland Express are replicas of three Ashtabula County covered bridges – Harpersfield, Riverdale and Doyle.

The Woodland Express offers something for everyone. Train enthusiast will love the imaginative track layout.  Garden lovers will marvel at the unique plantings and use of natural materials.  And children will enjoy learning about the animals that inhabit the forest.

In addition to Woodland Express, children and adults can experience fun and exhilaration in the arboretum’s nature play areas and on its soaring structures.  The Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Family Emergent Tower take visitors into and above the forest for an immersive perspective of the tree canopy and a bird’s eye view of the forest (extra fee applies).

Woodland Express admission and hours

Woodland Express admission includes full access to the Holden Arboretum grounds, excluding the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower.  Admission is $12 per adult, $8 per child age 3 to 12, and free for members of Holden Forests & Gardens.  Tickets for the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower are $4 per adult, $2 per child age 3 to 12, and free for members.  Parking is free. Woodland Express tickets are available online in advance or can be purchased at the Holden Arboretum.  Advance ticket purchase is not required.

The Holden Arboretum is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and until 8pm on Tuesdays from June 11 through July 30.

Inclement Weather

The Woodland Express is an outdoor exhibit and will continue to run in a light rain, but will close if conditions include heavy winds, lightning and thunder or a heat index of 104 or higher. Please check the homepage of our website for up-to-date information on the exhibit.