Cox Arboretum MetroPark is a hands-on landscaping arboretum, bringing gardening, nature and horticulture to visitors of all ages and backgrounds. It is a truly unique place in our community to experience, learn, see, touch, and smell the natural beauty of the land.
- 189 acres of gardens and natural areas including:
- Shrub Garden with more than 500 different trees and shrubs
- Woodland Wildflower Garden
- Rock Garden
- Water Garden
- Clematis Arbor
- Crabapple Allee
- Stonewall Perennial Garden
- Meditation Garden
- Conifer Collection
- Bell Children's Maze
- Edible Landscape Garden
- Conservation Corner (Prairie, Bird Blind) Praire Plants Brochure
- Butterfly House and Garden (Butterfly House is a seasonal display)
- 3.5 miles of walking trails
Founded on December 2, 1962, The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation was formed when the Cox Family donated their property to create an arboretum. For many years, the property was cared for by dedicated volunteers, who also governed the Foundation. In 1972, they gifted the land to Five Rivers MetroParks and began a unique and successful public (MetroParks) / private (James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation) partnership.
Admission is free.
Tours of the grounds can be arranged. Tram service is available for those unable to walk. Call the Arboretum at (937) 434-9005. Advanced notice is required.
School groups interested in guided tours or specialized field trips, please call the Education Coordinator, at (937) 434-9005.
The buildings and gardens all comply and/or exceed ADA standards. There are many paved paths throughout the gardens. Natural trails are not paved.
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