Draves Arboretum

Arboretum in Darien Center, New York
1821 Sharrick Rd, Darien Center, NY
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Posted on Feb 11, 2019


Plant WNY Summer Picnic

Plant WNY Summer Picnic Meeting will be held at Draves Arboretum. They will start off with a tour of the Arboretum, then have a picnic dinner, and then their meeting.

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

Basic Tree ID Course

May 11th, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Draves Arboretum 1821 Sharrick Road Darien, NY 14040

$15 for Draves Arboretum Members/$30 for Non-Members

William Snyder and Thomas Draves will be holding a Basic Tree Identification class May 11th. This class will be showing you h...

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Posted on Dec 12, 2018

Dr. Nina Bassuk will be joining us April 4th, 2019 at 1:00 pm. This course will have DEC, CNLP and ISA credits.
If you would like to join us for this course please email dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com to receive the registration form.

Hope to see you here at Draves Arboretum

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Tree Selection for any Condition

Apr 4, 2019 – Apr 4, 2019

Hosting Dr. Nina Bassuk Tree Selection for any Condition

April 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Register today
Admission is $45 and seats are limited.
Register by emailing: dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com

Tree Selection for any Condition

What is the best urban tree? There are many common trees that ...

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Posted on Nov 14, 2018

2019 Events will be posted on our Facebook page. Make sure you like us on Facebook so you will be updated on Events.
We will be holding Educational classes for everyone from homeowners to professionals in the field as well as events for the kids. We also hold an Open Tour twice a year.
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Posted on Apr 13, 2018

Visitation to the Arboretum is by appointment only at this time. We have openings for tours and events at the Arboretum for the 2019 season. Call the office for more details.


10 months ago
Beautiful place to visit. I would recommend anyone that loves nature to take a tour of the Arboretum
- Julie B
2 months ago
Beautiful place.
- chris o
8 months ago
Amazing collection of exotic trees.
- David R

How it all got started

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.

Arboretum Members 
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 our 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. 

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1821 Sharrick Rd
Darien Center, NY 14040
United States