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Japanese Red Pine
A Japanese Red Pine welcomes visitors in to the David G. Porter Memorial Garden
Photo by: Henry Kock


Join Us Year Round For Group Walks and Tours:

If you have binoculars, please bring them to all walks - they're not just for birdwatching!

Self-Guided Tours:
Come for a nature walk along one of many trails and enjoy The Arboretum's wide array of plants and 1,700 species of trees and shrubs. Brochures describing the trails and plant collections are available at the Information Kiosk located at The Arboretum entrance and throughout the grounds. Arboretum grounds are open dawn to dusk, year round. Admission is free.

Lilac thumbnail East Walk:
The East Walk begins and ends a the construction site for the Italian Garden. It takes the visitor past a lovely Zen garden and through a hedged English garden. After crossing Arboretum Road the trail leads you through a rose garden that is not sprayed for pests and diseases. From the eastern end of the rose garden the trail loops through the lilac collection, the dwarf conifer collection, the Rhododendrons and the serviceberry collection to return through the roses.  

Click here to see information about our trails.

Group Walks:
Enjoy a 1 hour walk led by Arboretum Auxiliary Docents. Registration is required two weeks in advance. $4.00 per person (minimum charge of $50.00 applies to groups fewer than 12 persons). Bus tour groups welcome - complimentary admission for bus driver and tour leader. To book a group walk, call 519-824-4120 ext. 54110 or email

Interpretive Tours:
Led by an Arboretum staff member, your 1-3 hour tour includes interpretations of the use of plants for horticultural or naturalization plantings while touring plant collections and natural landscapes. The tour can also be customized to focus on education, natural history, wildlife or horticulture. Fee is $125.00 for 1 hour, $160.00 for 2 hrs or $200.00 for 3 hours. Maximum 20 participants. Registration is required at least 2 weeks in advance. To book an interpretive tour, call 519-824-4120 ext. 54110 or email

The Arboretum Trails:

Welcome to the Ivey Trail:

This 1.1-km "backbone" trail of The Arboretum starts at the Information Kiosk and ends at the J.C. Taylor Nature Centre. It provides access to most of The Arboretum's other trail systems. Sponsored by the Richard Ivey Foundation in 1989, a main objective of this trail is to encourage walking visitors to move through the grounds without following Arboretum Road.

Starting at the kiosk, this brochure describes the features of the Ivey Trail and its adjoining trails. The trail is identified by a white "IVEY" on the trail posts. The other trail post symbols that you will encounter are illustrated in the brochure below with their corresponding trail or collection. The information kiosk is located at the entrance to The Arboretum.

Download the Acrobat (pdf) version of our Ivey Trail Brochure here.
If you don't have Acrobat, click here to download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Trillium Trail:
This 2.0-km loop passes through 10 plant collections and crosses many other Arboretum trails. It is the best trail for jogging and cross-country skiing. If you go northwest along this trail, it will take you to the Roy Hammond Rotary Tree Grove. This collection displays over 30 species and varieties of hardy native and exotic trees suitable for roadside planting in cities and suburbs.

J.C Taylor Centre:
Our J.C. Taylor Centre has been partially renovated with the generous support of The Gosling Foundation. Most Arboretum workshops now take place in the J.C. Taylor Centre. Further renovations are still occuring.

During the months of June through August, 2011 we had Wednesday Evening Walks that began at the J.C. Taylor Centre at 7 p.m. and ran until approximately 8:30 p.m. The cost was $2 / person. For f
urther information and the schedule please visit our J.C. Taylor Centre webpage or call 519-824-4120 ext. 52113. Please check back here in April or May of 2012 for 2012 information.

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