Holden Forests & Gardens Celebrates Trees and Autumn with Fun Experiences for All Ages People for Trees will plant trees throughout Cleveland this fall

(CLEVELAND) – Experience fall in all of its beauty this September and October at the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden. From onsite experiences to classes and community tree plantings, autumn comes to life at Holden Forests & Gardens. The first official day of the fall season is Wednesday, September 22, 2021.


Fall is a great time to plant a tree and Holden Forests & Gardens’ People for Trees™ movement will be partnering with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and numerous Community Development Corporations to plant dozens of trees in Cleveland neighborhoods. Since People for Trees launched earlier this year, more than 1,000 people have pledged to plant more than 4,000 trees in Northeast Ohio. Pledge to plant a tree at holdenfg.org.





From Saturday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 17th, visitors are invited to participate in a not-so-spooky story trail on the grounds of The Holden Arboretum. Follow Ty the Turkey as they search for food to fill this season’s cornucopia. As they talk to different trees/plants along the path, help Ty answer mini riddles to gather nutritious foods required for this turkey’s survival through the winter. Each stop along the trail will highlight a different tree or plant, and the food source they provide to turkeys.



Visit the Holden Arboretum for a family-friendly fall harvest-themed event on Sunday, October 3rd, complete with a trick-or-treat trail, wagon rides, crafts, and more. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets to this one-day event are $5 for Members and $5 +general admission for Non-Members. This is a reservation-only event – make sure to purchase your tickets at holdenfg.org before they sell out.



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. Canopy Walk and Tower closes Nov. 1 – open weekends only weather permitting through November.



As Northeast Ohio’s trees begin to change color, now is the perfect time to sharpen your leaf and tree identification skills! 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 28 deciduous trees, including tulip treesdawn redwoods, and golden weeping willows, marked with numbered tags on the grounds. Free with admission.


FALL CLASSES – Learn something new! New classes are added often. Check holdenfg.org for updates.

  • Mushroom Log Inoculation Workshop @Holden Arboretum on Saturday September 25: Session I: 9-11:30AM; Session II: 1-3:30PM. This hands-on outdoor workshop at the Arboretum for the hobbyist and small landowner will cover the practical aspects of growing mushrooms outdoors, and how it relates to sustainable forest management. Visit holdenfg.org to register.
  • Trees in all Seasons: Fall Color @ Holden Arboretum on Friday, October 22nd, 1 – 3PM. Join us for a walking tour of trees at the Arboretum with emphasis on those with spectacular fall foliage. Participants will learn about fall color as well as plant identification tools, the natural history of the trees highlighted and how these trees relate to our everyday lives. Visit holdenfg.org to register.


  • Fall Color Photography Workshop @ Cleveland Botanical Garden on Saturday, October 23rd, 9AM – 3PM. The natural beauty and vibrant foliage of the Botanical Garden is the focus for this workshop with photographer Debbie Dicarlo. Participants will review camera settings and techniques used for general autumn and artistic photography. Visit holdenfg.org to register.





Join us on Saturday, October 16th from 10AM-4PM at the Cleveland Botanical Garden for our annual Bootanical Bash event. This family-friendly event will take place inside the Hershey Children’s Garden and White Oak Walk, and will have a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, a dance party, and more! Tickets to this one-day event are $5 for Members and $5 + general admission for Non-Members. We hope you will come celebrate Halloween and the fall season with your friends at Holden Forests & Gardens!



Fall horticultural displays will be showcased throughout the indoor and outdoor gardens at the botanical garden. Perfect for a festive photo opportunity or simply an opportunity to experience fall flora in all its splendor, enjoy seasonal plant displays that will include mums, cabbage, kale, pansies, cornstalks, pumpkins and more!



Learn to appreciate the beauty of fall color by learning about leaf and tree identification at the Botanical Garden! Pick up a brochure and follow the Leaf Trail, an autumn leaf identification activity that teaches you how to identify the trees around you, as well as the 10 deciduous trees, including sugar maple, pawpaw and river birch, marked with numbered tags on the grounds.



Holden’s People for Trees will be partnering with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) to plant 20 trees at Carver Park, part of a project to add 75 new trees to three public housing estates on Cleveland’s East Side over the next 18 months. As part of this project, we’ll train public housing residents who are part of CMHA’s Green Team to plant and care for trees at these properties, which will provide them with supplemental income and perhaps inspire some of them to pursue careers in tree care. Our Community Forestry Team is also helping plant an additional 20 trees within Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park. Additionally, in MidTown, Old Brooklyn, Central-Kinsman, and Detroit Shoreway-Cudell neighborhoods of Cleveland, we are working with local community development organizations to plant street trees, give away trees for planting in residential yards, and hold tree care classes. Generous support for these projects has been provided by Cuyahoga County’s Healthy Urban Tree Canopy grant program and The Cleveland Foundation.



Beginning October 1st: Adults are $16 and Children 3 to 12 years old are $12. Visit holdenfg.org to purchase your tickets. Arboretum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 9AM – 5PM. Botanical Garden hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10AM – 5PM, and Sunday Noon – 5PM beginning October 1, 2021. The Hershey Children’s Garden always closes at dusk.


About People for Trees™

Holden Forests & Gardens Launched People for Trees in early 2021 to aim to have 15,000 trees planted and cared for by 2025 throughout Northeast Ohio. To date, more than 1,000 people have pledged to plant more than 4,000 trees. One of the most significant things we can do to combat the effects of a changing climate right here in Northeast Ohio is to plant a tree in backyards, at businesses and in neighborhoods. Make your pledge at holdenfg.org/people-for-trees and you will become a part of the regional movement to reverse the trend of tree loss in Northeast Ohio. 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.  The 14th largest public garden 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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