Draves Arboretum

Draves Arboretum is in Darien, New York just a 20 minute drive from Buffalo and Rochester. Offering Educational Opportunities to everyone.
1821 Sharrick Road, Darien, NY
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Congratulations to the Class of 2019 from Attica, NY.
Before their prom they came out to the Arboretum to enjoy the back drop for their prom pictures.

July 27th

PRICE: (Choose Separate Options or Full Day Discounted Rate)
9:30 am-12:30 pm Shinrin-Yoku: $45/pp
12:30-1:30 pm Delicious Local Foods Lunch: $15 (vegan and gluten free options available)
1:30 pm-3:00 pm Guided Tour: $12
Full Day Discounted Rate: $67

Join us for a morning...

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** Walk ins are Welcome**
Sally Cunningham will be joining us at Draves Arboretum. June 22nd at 1:00 p.m. with a tour of the Arboretum with Tom Draves after Sally talks about gardening and her book. Price $35 for Non Draves Arboretum Members/$30 For Draves Arboretum Members.

Are you looking for something to do July 27th? Join us for our Open Tour at 1:30 p.m. You will join a group of the other nature lovers and tour the Arboretum with Tom Draves. Tom Draves will go over the some of the 500 plus trees and bushes that we have on 20+ acres. It is $12 a person and the to...

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Join us for Gardeners Day June 22nd.
Sally Cunningham says: "As a Tour Director I lead people to arboreta and gardens in many states and countries, and here we have this amazing place in our own back yard! It's time to get all WNY people to know about this -- and let all the gardeners and nature...

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Fathers Day is coming up. Do you need a gift idea? Why not a trip out to the Arboretum for one of our events. These are the ones we have on the calendar as of now. You can also book a tour with friends and family as well. Or a Membership to the Arboretum would also we a great idea. Email dravesar...

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It ended up being a beautiful day at the Arboretum Saturday at the Basic Tree ID class. Thank you for joining us at the Arboretum. Hope to see you all again.

Draves Arboretum offers Memberships.

Arboretum Membership:
$45 General Membership per person
$150 Professional Charter Membership

Membership Information:
You can become a member of Draves Arboretum by annual General Membership or Professional Charter Membership. Charter Members receive access...

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*Closed Event* Garden Friends of Clarence

Jun 28, 2019 – Jun 28, 2019

Garden Friends of Clarence will be joining us June 28th, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. for a guided Tour with Thomas Draves. After enjoying the morning walking the Arboretum, they will be having a packed lunch and enjoy the views of the Arboretum.
For Registration please contact Donna Metz of Garden Frien...

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Group Events

  • Group Tours - Do you have a group of people that would love to take a look around the Arboretum? If so, book your event today.

    Group tours are amazing for any group of people that love the outdoors and would love to learn more about trees and shrubs. No group is to big or to small. We can also do event tours ex. Birthday Tours, Wedding Tours, and so on. All you have to do is email us and book the date you are looking for. For more information email Julie at dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com
  • Are you getting Married or know someone that is? Draves Arboretum is a great place to hold a wedding and/or reception.

    Weddings at the Arboretum. With the amazing backdrop of the Arboretum you could have the wedding of your dreams. You can hold the ceremony and/or the reception at the Arboretum. For more details email Julie Bisig at dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com
  • Parties

    Do you have a party coming up and need a place to hold it? Draves Arboretum is a great place to hold any kind of party. If you would like more information please email us at dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com

Educational Classes

  • Educational Classes - Draves Arboretum offers many differnt types of Educational Classes.

    Draves Arboretum is a Level III Arbnet Arboretum that will help you learn more about Trees and Shrubs. We hold classes all year around that will help anyone from homeowners to business professionals that want to learn more from Thomas Draves and other Board Members at Draves Arboretum.
  • Special Speakers

    Draves Arboretum will hold events that have special speakers for example Dr. Nina Bassuk and Sally Cunningham. If you would be interested in these events please check back on our web page to see what Special Speaker we will be having next. Or if you would like to hold a event please contact us at dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com
  • Girl Scout Troops

    Do you need help with getting your girls a outdoor badge? You are in luck, we can help you with that. Draves Arboretum offers events that will help your troop get the badge they need. For example if you have a troop that has Cadette's that need the "Help trees thrive" badge we can help with the planting a tree and Create a tree garden portion of that. But we will also work with each group and what they need. Pricing will go by how many girls will be joining us. For more information please email Julie Bisig at dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com
  • Boy Scouts

    Are you in need of a place to hold meetings or need help getting outdoor badges? We can help. We have 20+ aches of nature that can help. We do give classes that help with trees and shrubs, but we can help any group with almost every badge they will need. Email Julie Bisig at dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com with any questions.


  • Would you like to become a Member of Draves Arboretum?

    We have two types of Memberships to choose from. The General Annual Membership is $45 a year which goes from the month you sign up to that month the following year. We also have Professional Memberships which is $150. Each membership has its perks that will give you discounts on events that have membership discounts. Annual General Memberships includes: Annual Meeting held the 2nd Saturday in October, Two free entrance passes (a $24 dollar value), Email updates on educational and other events held at the Arboretum, 10% discount on group tours, and discounts on events. Memberships are great for anyone from homeowners to professional's in this field. Memberships will help Draves Arboretum with the grounds, planning events, adding trees and shrubs to the landscape, maintenance, and so much more. If you have any questions or would like to become a member please email us at dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com


a year ago
Beautiful place to visit. I would recommend anyone that loves nature to take a tour of the Arboretum
- Julie B
6 months ago
Beautiful place.
- chris o
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.   

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1821 Sharrick Road
Darien, NY 14040
United States
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