Secrest Arboretum

Admission to Secrest Arboretum in Wooster is free.

  • Open all year, from dawn to dusk
  • Location: (Map It) 1680 Madison Ave in Wooster, Ohio
    (the arboretum is part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development College  – OARDC)
  • Phone:   330-263-3761
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The Secrest Arboretum in Wooster was begun in 1909 by Edmund Secrest, who was interested in the study of various trees. Over the years, trees of many types were planted in the Arboretum, including the largest collection of crabapples in the nation.  Rhododendrons of various types and colors line the drive, and a large rose garden with over 500 varieties is there as well.  The arboretum was one of the first places in the United States to plant a Dawn Redwood in the 1940’s, and it has grown into a magnificent specimen.  Guided tours are available, or you may wander through the gardens on a self-guided tour.  Please keep in mind that this property is part of a university and you may encounter groups of students at any time.  No pets are permitted, and the college would rather that you eat in Wooster, and not on the arboretum property.