Chadwick Arboretum


Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens is an extensive, urban, green reserve of over 60 acres located within the 1,600 acres of The Ohio State University main campus in Columbus, Ohio. Take a virtual tour of Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens by exploring our website or YouTube Virtual Tour Playlist. Or, better yet, come visit our gardens in person. We are open year round and there is no admission fee. Pay-n-Display parking is available in the surrounding parking lots. Even our 12,000 square foot green roof garden is open to the public during normal business hours and when The Ohio State University classes are in session.


Nestled within the sports area of The Ohio State University is a relatively unassuming outdoor space. The Chadwick Arboretum was overlooked by us for many years simply because of how little we knew of it and its location. We don’t find much need to be down in the area by the Horseshoe (the nickname for the stadium where the Ohio State University Buckeye football team plays) unless going to a game.

The arboretum space is quite and uncrowded when we went there on a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon in June.

It has everything you’d expect from an urban arboretum. Plant species are marked with signs to tell you what they are. There are maps to find your way around the 3 sections and generous, well kept paths to help you get there.

There are even a few art installations included. Below is Annabelle the Praying Mantis.

There are also some awesome views of the surrounding skyline, including this one of the Lane Avenue bridge.

This is an excellent place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the manicured gardens of trees, flowers and other plants.

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