Draves Arboretum started out as a small plant collection by a third generation arborist after desiring better plant identification materials than was available in the northeast. As the collection enlarged via contributions and selections from a well-connected web of nurserymen and plant propagaters, it has obtained plants of pure origin that are seldom seen anywhere else in the United States. For example it harbors Rhododendron mucronulatum
grown from seed collected in Korea, a new species of Hamamelis ovalis
only recently was identified and cultivated, and the first cuttings of the newly discovered Parotia subaequalis
from China. In addition, the arboretum has produced its own unique introductions such as the Streetkeeper Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos
'draves') among others. The arboretum has developed into an extensive collection of unique and trees and shrubs and is well known and available to fellow arborists, horticulturalists and plantsmen as a site to view most any tree or shrub adapted to western New York type climatic zones. It has progressively enlarged and has become a regional learning station for the public and all people in the green industry. Draves Arboretum is also a valuable tool for clients to see first-hand what the plants would look like in their landscapes.
Draves Arboretum is open by appointment only.
Draves Arboretum offers memberships. When becoming a member you will get discounts on educational classes, 2 free tour passes, discounts on group tours and more. Memberships will help with grounds upkeep, educational building, and helping with having events at the Arboretum. You may contact the office for more details.
Tours are by appointment only at this time. Call the office for availability.
We hold many tours during the year. You can book a tour or we have open tours twice a year that you can join in on.
We hold many different types of events at the Arboretum and new ones are added each year from educational events to events for the kids. Make sure you like out Facebook page to get the list of events happening at the Arboretum.
Do you have a Wedding or a party coming up?
You can book the Arboretum for weddings, birthday parties, or anything you have coming up. Call the office today and we can help you make your event one to remember.