The Stanley Rowe Arboretum – Cincinnati’s Hidden Garden

Laura Williams

Updated on:

Sharon Woods – One of the Most Famous Parks in CincinnatiPhoto by Chris Rhoads on Unsplash

The Stanley Rowe Arboretum, located at the top of a long and winding hill in the affluent area of Indian Hill, is one of the quietest and gorgeous gardens in the entire city of Cincinnati.

Even though the Indian Hill city government owns the park, it is run by a non-profit organization. Visits are free, and you can go from dawn to dusk on any given day of the week between the hours of 8:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. Admission is free, and you can go from dawn to dusk on any given day of the week.

When the arboretum was first established in 1926, Stanley M. Rowe, Sr., and his wife Dorothy Snowden Rowe served as the organization’s first director. As part of an effort to reforest an area previously used for farming and pasture, they began gathering a variety of trees, plants, and shrubs at the time and planted them. They were successful in their efforts.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Queen City Alchemy (@queencityalchemy)


The earliest trees on the grounds were Red Oaks, European Larch, White Pine, and Scotch Pine, all planted in the early 1900s.

After some time, Stanley and his wife began experimenting to determine how many varieties of trees and bushes could successfully grow in this climate.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by American Public Gardens Assoc. (@americanpublicgardens)


See also  Cincinnati's Best Bike Trails – A Complete and Comprehensive Guide!

Because of their constant testing, they ended up with about five thousand different types of trees and bushes in their possession at one point. Trees were believed to be one of their favorite trees out of all of the many kinds.

An amateur commendation for the arboretum was awarded to Rowe by the American Horticultural Society in 1982, praising its “wonderful array of conifers, crabapples, magnolia trees,” oaks, and beeches, among other features.

The American Conifer Society has classified it as a Conifer Reference Garden, and it is located there.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Holly Gyenes (@hollygyenes)


Stanley died in 1987, when he was at the age of 97, after a long illness. But his love for gardening, as well as his enthusiasm for collecting bushes, goes on through the arboretum’s objective to teach the public about plants and the environment.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Cincinnati Hair Stylist (@bonvoybalayage)


The Stanley Rowe Arboretum, which currently encompasses 8.9 acres and has around 1,800 different trees and shrubs, is a popular destination for visitors. In addition to various well-kept interconnecting routes to travel along, the arboretum also offers several open green spots where it is not uncommon to see a group of people enjoying family picnics.

For those interested in botany and the classification of plants and those who want to learn more about their surroundings, every tree and shrub on the grounds are labeled with a bit of sign that specifies its species and natural origin. Anybody who appreciates botany and plant classification, as well as those who wish to learn more about the environment as a whole, will find it a wonderful dream come true.

See also  Navigating the Heart of Cincinnati: Exploring the Rich History and Vibrant Culture Along the Ohio River

If you’re searching for a calm outdoor area to go for a leisurely walk, or a very quiet place to read a book, or simply interested in admiring an outstanding assortment of a variety of trees and plants from around the world, Stanley Rowe Arboretum is the ideal location for all of these activities.


Stanley Rowe Arboretum is Worth Visiting

You can pay a visit to the Stanley Rowe Arboretum at your convenience, located at 4600 Muchmore Rd in Cincinnati, Ohio 45243, from dawn to sunset, during any day of the week. 

If you’re looking for contact information or want to stay up to date on any announcements, they make regarding special events, tours, and volunteer opportunities, visit their website.

1 thought on “The Stanley Rowe Arboretum – Cincinnati’s Hidden Garden”

Leave a Comment

Affiliate disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases from You can learn more about our editorial policies here.