Fall is Almost Here! Celebrate the Season with Fun for All Ages at The Holden Arboretum

Fall in love with the wonder and beauty of nature at the Holden Arboretum this fall. The official start of the fall season is Thursday, September 22nd.  Celebrate September’s National Mushroom month with specialty hands-on classes and hikes, as well as the return of the Leaf Discovery Trail activity throughout the grounds. The first two weekends in October highlight the new featured event Fall Forest Fest, complete with wagon rides, hikes, storytelling, crafts, and so much more for all to enjoy! Spend your autumn with fun experiences including classes, community tree plantings, exhibits, and the beauty of autumn colors. Make it a season to remember! Purchase tickets at holdenfg.org.


Each week Holden will spotlight which trees are changing and when they are showing off their fall colors. Visit holdenfg.org for Color Watch Updates.


Now through Sunday, October 30th is your last chance to see Stickwork. Over the past two years, the whimsical stickwork art installation has become a beloved part of the arboretum experience. Created and built by Patrick Dougherty, his son, and Holden volunteers and staff, the towering structure is a monument to the power of nature. One of Dougherty’s requests was when the artwork started to deteriorate, it would be time to dismantle it, and let it return to the earth. That time has come, and the last chance to see this extraordinary masterpiece will be this fall.



Celebrate mushroom month on Sunday, September 18th from 10 a.m. – noon with a hike out to Bole Woods to dig up some mycorrhizal fungi associated with mature trees, then bring them back to the lab and peek at them under dissecting scopes. We will also have a tour of the Ellen Corning Long and T. Dixon Long Center for Plant and Environmental Science lab to see the molecular methods we use for DNA sequencing of fungi and talk about some of our ongoing studies of these unseen heroes beneath our feet! Cost: $10 per member, $20 per nonmember. Registration required. Visit holdenfg.org.


On Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., enjoy the annual Rose Show in the Corning Visitor Center in partnership with Northeastern Ohio Rose Society and Cleveland Rose Society. The roses will be judged in accordance with the rules and classifications of the American Rose Society by Accredited Judges. Roses will be on display Saturday and Sunday inside the Corning Visitor Center. Free with general admission.


Starting on the first day of fall September 22nd, sharpen your leaf and tree identification skills as Northeast Ohio’s trees begin to change color! Pick up a brochure at the Arboretum and follow the Leaf Trail, an immersive autumn leaf identification activity. Learn how to identify the trees around you by collecting leaves and organizing them by their characteristics, as well as identifying over 20 deciduous trees, including tulip treesdawn redwoods, and golden weeping willows, marked with numbered tags on the grounds. Free with general admission.


Join us on Saturday and Sunday, October 1st & 2nd, and Saturday and Sunday, October 8th & 9th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Fall Forest Fest at the Holden Arboretum. Welcoming all fall-loving friends and families, the Fall Forest Fest will have activities and experiences including family hikes, storytelling, wagon rides, a sugary scavenger hunt, an exhibit trail featuring what’s ‘Lurking in the Leaves’, crafts, a canine costume contest, hay pyramid, corn pit and so much more! This event is included with admission.


Join us on Saturday and Sunday, November 5th & 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the return of the popular outdoor marketplace–Artisans at the Arboretum with Made Cleveland. Discover amazing artisans, listen to local musicians, and dine on delicious food at this open-air market. Free with admission.


Now through Sunday, November 6th, enjoy artist Kristen Chittock’s display of ‘Nature’s Source’ inside the Corning Visitor Center. Kristen Chittock is an abstract acrylic artist based in Moreland Hills, Ohio. Chittock creates by connecting to emotion and allowing each color and brush stroke to reveal itself onto canvas. The pieces in the collection “Nature’s Source” remind the viewer of the greater connection to sources found through spending time in the abundance of our natural environment. Free with admission.


Annual fall favorites, not to be missed! Experience fall color from a new perspective at the Arboretum. The Murch Canopy Walk invites guests on a 500-foot-long elevated walkway that is built 65 feet above the forest floor. The Emergent Tower is 120 feet or approximately 12 stories tall and provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding area all the way to Lake Erie. Free with admission.


Starting Friday, September 23rd, spend your rainy days at Holden Arboretum to become an official member of this not-very-exclusive club. When you visit on a rainy day, you will receive a Rainy Day Mud Club membership punch card, and with each returning visit, you’ll get one step closer to earning a great prize. Using our self-guided Rainy-Day activities, it’s sure to bring out the kid in all of us. Some of the activities include Puddle Parties, Dancing in the Rain, Sounds of Rain, Wacky Umbrella Contest, and more! Free with admission.


  • Core Natural Areas Mini Hike – Come check out the newest garden area at the Holden Arboretum on Wednesday, September 21st from 10:30am – noon. The Core Natural Areas consist of 30 acres of unmanaged forest fragments, nestled between the highly aesthetic horticultural areas of the arboretum.  These five sites are being intensely managed for invasive species, and the next step is to plant them with Eastern North American native food plants. Cost: $10 per member, $25 per nonmember. Registration required.

  • Invasive Plant Species Workshop: Beyond the Basics– Join us on Saturday, October 8th from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to take your invasive plant knowledge to the next level! This outdoor workshop will go over invasive ecology, invasive plant ID, and management techniques. Cost: $70 per member, $85 per nonmember. Registration required.

  • Magnificence on the Mountain: Family Hike– On Saturday, October 22nd from 1 – 4 p.m. you are invited to experience the historic Little Mountain on this family-friendly hike. The unique geological formations, diversity of plant life, and its historic use as a resort make this a spectacular natural site. Cost: $10 per member, $20 per nonmember. Registration required.

  • Stebbins Gulch: Family Hike– On Saturday, October 29th from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. experience this one-of-a-kind place with your family. Follow the streambed as it cuts through bedrock dating back millions of years. Explore the geology and plants resulting from this special environment. This rigorous hike requires a good degree of physical fitness. Cost: $10 per member, $20 per nonmember. Registration required.



Did you know that planting a tree is one of the most powerful things you can do to combat climate change right here in Northeast Ohio? Holden Forests & Gardens’ People for Trees initiative aims to have 15,000 trees planted and cared for by 2025. We need everyone to consider planting a tree! It starts with a pledge by visiting https://holdenfg.org/make-an-impact/people-for-trees/. Already more than 1,000 people have pledged to plant more than 4,000 trees. To learn more, visit holdenfg.org.


About Holden Forests & Gardens
Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions — the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden — whose mission is to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities. One of the largest public gardens in the country, Holden Forests & Gardens has over 17,000 member households and an annual attendance of over 350,000 for whom we strive to provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences. For more information, visit holdenfg.org.

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