Current Initiatives


The Crabapple Allée was a prominent and much loved feature in the Cox Arboretum MetroPark CoxArboretum 042018 Allee 010landscape, however with a 'service life' of about 20 years these trees had surpassed this time frame and were showing the effects. Of the original 50 trees, only 34 remained. Of those 34, less than 12 showed any remaining vigor. In 2014, double rows of Cornus kousa, Kousa Dogwoods were planted. Due to unforeseen circumstances the trees did not do well.

After much research and speaking with local arborists and horticultural experts the decision was made to plant London Plane trees, also known as Exclamation. These are trees that feature a straight tree trunk and will grow in size fairly quick. Under the trees Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’will be planted along with Dianthus ‘Firewitch’ perennials, giving color all summer long.


New Roofs

In 2017, the Foundation funded the replacement of the roofs on the Zorniger Education & Visitor Center, Volunteer Lounge, and Kettering Learning Lab. The new shingles are made of Brava tile, a composite material that is 100% recyclable. The Brava tile was selected primarily for their close resemblance to the original cedar shakes. They meet the highest standards for wind, hail and fire resistance, and come with a 50-year warranty. This year, the Foundation has provided funding for the replacement of the two remaining roofs located on the Zorniger Education Campus: the cold storage building and the operations building. Along with the replacement of the roofs, areas of wood siding will be replaced where deterioration is showing and existing gutters modified with an installation of new section to resolve drainage problems. The shingles will be commercial grade architectural shingles (300 lbs. per square) with a 50-year warranty. These high-relief shingles will complement the Brava shake tiles and bring the appearance of the buildings more in line with the adjacent education buildings.


Edible Landscape Garden Paver Pathway

This summer the installation of a paver pathway will take place in the ELG. The pathway will lead visitors from the entrance pergola to the covered pavilion.