Secrest Arboretum
Secrest Arboretum
Learn - Explore - Wonder - Connect
Learn - Explore - Wonder - Connect

Come Visit!

Look at, learn about, and love the plant life around you. Over the past 100+ years, we have gButterfly Benchrown into an expansive outdoor laboratory and landscape garden.

At Secrest, our beautiful theme gardens illustrate the use of style, color and texture within plant habitats to establish a sustainable landscape. Enjoy our gardens and discover plant selections for yours. Stroll our paved walkways through forests and meadows.

Avery Mullet, Peyton Mullet, Sadie Covert, Gunnar Mullet, Hunter Mullet

Check out the Fortress at the Hogs-back, embankment slide and pavilion complete with giant frogs, tortoises and more...for kids of ALL ages! Make the most of your environment by spending time in ours. For the health and safety of children and pets, please do not play in, or drink from, ponds and water features.


Jack & Deb Miller Pavilion


Plant of the Month

 Chinese Dogwood - Cornus kousa

Plant of the Month

A native of Korea and Japan, Kousa dogwood is excellent in landscapes, offering a long season of interest. Beginning in early summer, white bracts in sets of four surround tiny green flowers. These are followed by reddish fruit that resembles a raspberry and attracts birds. Autumn color is a deep reddish purple. 

Upcoming Events

Propagation Workshop-Cuttings
Friday, June 23, 2017

This workshop is designed to teach cutting propagation of woody plants.

Summer Weed ID Class
Thursday, July 6, 2017

According to presenter Paul Snyder, "Our landscape beds aren’t spotless like everyone thinks.

Whiz Bang! Science Show-Location Change
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dr Dave Lohnes, OARDC's popular Whiz-Bang Scientist, encourages children to learn more about science in an enriching outdoor environment.

Family Insect Night
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Come experience nightlife most never see at this free, family event! Among the stars: ghostly moths, burying beetles, coldly glittering fireflies.

Summer Grafting Workshop
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Learn the what, why and how behind the art of plant grafting.