Draves Arboretum

Draves Arboretum is in Darien, New York just a 20 minute drive from Buffalo and Rochester. Offering Educational Opportunities to everyone.
1815 Sharrick Road, Darien Center, NY
Header image for the site


Children Wreath Making Workshop

Dec 21, 2019 – Dec 21, 2019

You are invited to participate in a FREE family learning event at Draves Arboretum!
Explore the Arboretum’s evergreen collection with a child friendly tour of the Pinetum, followed by a hands-on learning experience making a simple holiday wreath from evergreen boughs. Hot cocoa and cookies are i...

Read More
Call now

We would like to Thank everyone that joined us for the Tree Academy Workshop: Pruning for the Municipal Tree Worker. We ended up with a full house with workers from all over Western New York.
We hope to see you all back at the Arboretum.

Another successful Woody ID Day with NCCC Horticulture students at the Arboretum! We had a great day for learning identification techniques with Thomas Draves, Tim Richley, Bill Snyder, and Eric Gee.

Annual Membership Meeting

Oct 12, 2019 – Oct 12, 2019

October 12th is our second annual Membership Meeting! We value our members and thanks to you we are able to continue to expand our educational mission. Come enjoy an afternoon among the trees as we look back on this year’s growth and ahead to the future of Draves Arboretum.
Hotdogs and hamburger...

Read More


Sep 27, 2019 – Sep 27, 2019

NCCC will be joining us at the Arboretum for a full day of learning how to identify trees and shrubs. They hold this class every year for the Horticulture Students that attend NCCC so they can get course credits. They will have the chance to tour the Arboretum with Tom Draves, Arborist and Presid...

Read More

Tree Academy Workshop- Pruning for Municipal Tree Worker

Oct 2, 2019 – Oct 2, 2019

Join Thomas Draves, William Snyder, and Chris Luley Oct. 2nd for the Tree Academy Municipal Workshop- Tree Pruning for Municipal Tree Workers.

Price $85 a person (Donuts and Lunch Included)
Event Details:
*Maintenance of large and small urban trees, including use of correct tools and safety gea...

Read More

What a GREAT turnout we had for the Guided Tour we had over the weekend.
Thank you for joining us at the Arboretum and we hope to see you all again.

We would like to Thank Deborah Denome-Horticultural Therapist and Forest Therapy Guide, Finger Lakes Forest Immersion for joining us at Draves Arboretum. Deborah held Shinrin-Yoku at the Arboretum July 27th, 2019.
Everyone that joined us, we hope to see you out at the Arboretum again soon.


5 months ago
Love this place...so pristine, so verdant! Tree lovers Unite!
- Dave E
a year ago
Beautiful place to visit. I would recommend anyone that loves nature to take a tour of the Arboretum
- Julie B
a year ago
Amazing collection of exotic trees.
- David R

About us

Draves Arboretum is located on 20+ acres with a 1.75-acre pond surrounded by almost 800 species of trees and shrubs in Darien, New York. 

The Draves Arboretum is maintained to the high level of standards for tree maintenance set by the American National Standards Institute and the International Society of Arboriculture. The Arboretum annually offers a variety of educational programs for the western New York green industry on topics such as arboriculture, tree selection and landscape installation, shrub and tree maintenance, integrated pest management and tree identification. In addition to its educational mission, the collection has progressively enlarged, allowing it to be a regional learning station for the public and the green industry. The Arboretum is a valuable tool to observe first-hand what many unique and unusual plants will look like in a landscape.      

Education Building the Richards Complex: 
The Education Building and Arboretum grounds are available for programs or activities which fit into our Mission Statement. The Arboretum can also host larger events such as corporate picnics and personal events. Contact the Arboretum for available dates to host your event.   

Contact Us


Call now
  • (585) 547-3341


Get directions
1815 Sharrick Road
Darien Center, NY 14040
Get quote
Message sent. We'll get back to you soon.