Accomplishments 2001-2012

Children's Maze

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A recreation of an English maze named Veronica's Maze, originally created in the 18th century, located at Parham Park in West Sussex.  


A special thanks to the Bell family, whose support made this project possible.

Tree & Shrub Plantings

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Planted 40+ Scarlet Oak trees along the winding entrance drive.  Six species of trees (70 total) were planted along the eastern edge of the arboretum, bordering SR741, with 300 boxwoods interpersed among the trees.  


 A special thanks to donors and members, whose support made this project possible. 

Maimon Memorial Garden

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The garden showcases an assortment of herbs, vegetables,and fruits.  Each summer, volunteers help harvest more than 1,000 pounds of produce which is donated to The Foodbank


A special thanks to Maimon Family, whose support made this project possible.   

(dedicated to Dr. Samuel N. Maimon) 

Zorniger Education Campus

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Includes the education & visitor center, learning lab, greenhouses and resource center.


A special thanks to the Zorniger Family, sponsors and donors, whose support made this project possible.

Iris Garden

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Planted more than 3,500 irises. Garden preparation included design, construction
and engineering of a channel to handle the high volume of water that flows onto
the grounds from adjacent land.

seasons.

Blooms in late March through mid-summer.  


A special thanks to Jim and Jean Graham, whose support made this project possible.

Peony Garden

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Cox Arboretum becomes part of the Montgomery County Park District (now Five Rivers MetroParks). The Cox Arboretum Foundation serves as a supporting organization of the Arboretum. 

Accomplishments 2012-2016

Tree Tower & Terrace

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Opened in 2012, rising 65 feet above the conifer collection.  Providing commanding views of the grounds. The tower is anchored by an inviting terrace where visitors can gather to enjoy the view.


A special thanks to donors and members, whose support made this project possible.

Lilac & Magnolia Collection

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Each spring visitors to the Arboretum shrub garden can experience a walk fragranced with the sweet scent and beautiful blooms of lilacs and magnolias. Both of these collections have grown substantially over the past few years and continue to grow with new plantings added each spring and fall.


A special thanks to Charles R. Niehaus, whose generous gift from his estate made this project possible.

Arbor

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 The Arbor includes elements of the tree tower, lathe house and has its own irrigation system and electrical access.  It sets on slated gemstone and features a matching slate roof. 


 A special thanks to donors and members, whose support made this project possible. 

Water Garden Improvments

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Thirty-two years of accumulated silt diminished the holding capacity of the pond and reduced the functionality of the recirculating pump.  Removing the silt from the pond restored the pond to its former glory, increasing efficiencies and assuring continued operation of the stream.  


  A special thanks to donors and members, whose support made this project possible.  

Loop Path

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A half-mile loop leading visitors past major features of the Arboretum.  The specially colored permeable paver path begins at the main parking lot, through the wildflower garden, past the prairie, butterfly house, shrub garden, edible landscape garden, Barbara Cox Center for Sustainable Horticulture, and back to the Zorniger Education and Visitor Center. 


   A special thanks to donors and members, whose support made this project possible.   

Barbara Cox Center for Sustainable Horticulture

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The Barbara Cox Center’s programming emphasis highlights two prominent MetroParks' conservation initiatives: tree propagation and the Woodland Wildflower rescue and propagation program.  


Other features include: greenhouse glass replaced with multi-layer acrylic and tempered glass and rain water harvesting system.


 
  A special thanks to Barbara Cox and the James M. Cox Foundation, whose support made this project possible.


Accomplishments 2016-2019

Monet Bridge

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The Monet Bridge was constructed in 1987.  The original wooden bridge was showing its age and beginning to develop decay compromising the structural integrity.  The steep incline of the original design presented safety concerns and did not meet mandated accessibility standards. The replacement bridge captures the spirit of its predecessor, is low maintenance and meets state and federal accessibility standards.


   A special thanks to donors and members, whose support made this project possible.   

Allée

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Planted 40+ Scarlet Oak trees along the winding entrance drive.  Six species of trees (70 total) were planted along the eastern edge of the arboretum, bordering SR741, with 300 boxwoods interpersed among the trees.  


 A special thanks to donors and members, whose support made this project possible. 

Edible Landscape Paver Pathway

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The garden showcases an assortment of herbs, vegetables,and fruits.  Each summer, volunteers help harvest more than 1,000 pounds of produce which is donated to The Foodbank


A special thanks to Maimon Family, whose support made this project possible.   

(dedicated to Dr. Samuel N. Maimon) 

Wildflower Walk Retaining Wall

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The wall helps retain soil., while the groundcover, perennials and native grasses help prevent erosion, add beauty and encourage pollinators.


A special thanks to the Zorniger Family Fund at The Dayton Foundation, donors and members whose support made this possible.

Meditation Pond

2019