Arboretum was founded by Stanley M. Rowe, Sr. and his wife
Dorothy Snowden Rowe in 1926. It was then that they decided
to start collecting trees and shrubs to reforest this ridge
which was previously used for farming and pasture. The
first project consisted of planting a few thousand seedlings
from the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station, Department
of Forestry. The first trees were Red Oaks, European Larch,
White Pine, and Scotch Pine. Over the years of trial-and-error
plantings, their hobby grew to an accumulation of four
to five thousand different types of trees and shrubs.
The idea was to experiment and try
to grow everything that could live in this climate. Conifers
were one of the Rowe's favorite plant types. Since the
Arboretum is slightly over nine acres in size, the policy
is to specialize as much as possible in the evergreen
plant world. We hope you enjoy the collections as much
as our founders did.
Owned by the Village of Indian Hill, we are a non-profit organization funded
by an endowment and the generous support of members and visitors. If you wish
to make a donation, a box is located in the garage door of the Arboretum center.
Tax-deductible gifts made toward our upkeep and special projects are greatly
grounds are open from dawn to dusk every day. Please
limit visits to these times as the Arboretum is patrolled
24 hours a day. Please keep pets on a leash and remove
any droppings. The paths are for the leisurely enjoyment
of the gardens. Refrain from running or bicycling.
No picking or cutting of any plants without our approval.
Last, please honor the signs respecting the neighboring
properties surrounding the collections by staying in
the maintained areas of the Arboretum.
Even though we are open to the public and do not charge admission, we offer to any interested visitors the opportunity to join our growing list of members and supporters (membership form available here). The continued support helps in covering expenses and making improvements. Our goal is to someday become self supporting through our endowment and offer to the public a complete Arboretum experience.
Beyond giving you the knowledge and satisfaction that your contributions will help keep the Arboretum the enjoyable place it is, we do offer a few benefits to those who join. Members receive a free seedling propagated from our collections, an invitation to the members-only plant sale, our periodic newsletter, and our horticulturist is always available for horticultural advice. Household memberships are $30.00 per year. Contributor level is $100 or more per year which is completely tax-deductible.
Garden clubs and other horticultural organizations are welcome to join too with other benefits that we would be glad to discuss with you.
Call the Arboretum Office at 513-561-5151 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about membership.
If you wish to help out with our gardening chores and learn about our interesting
facility, please contact the Arboretum office.
Please contact the arboretum for details about:
4600 Muchmore Road
Indian Hill, OH 45243
The American Conifer Society
has officially recognized the
Rowe Arboretum as a
Conifer Reference Garden