Get to know the Guelph Arboretum

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The Arboretum is host to plant collections, research materials and information on gardens, natural areas, trails, trees, wildlife, flowers and photography as well as spaces to report a sighting, become a geocacher and play disc golf. If you’re looking for a particular variety of plant or animal, use The Arboretum Explorer to track it down.  The Kortright Apartments, Sienna Apartments, Regency Court Apartments – Speedvale and Regency Court Apartments – Kathleen are all less than a 10-minute drive from the Arboretum.



Attend the Arboretum’s workshops to pick up some new skills and learn about nature. Be sure to register for workshops online.


Gardening Fundamentals

In April and May the Arboretum will be hosting a Gardening Fundamentals series designed with both beginners and experienced gardeners in mind. The Executive Suites at 51, 55, 57, 63, 61 and 65 Inkerman are all an eight-minute drive from the Arboretum.


Introduction to Birds

Learn how to identify birds, study their breeding biology, classification and habitat requirements at the Introduction to Birds workshop on April 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



Self-Guided Tours

Enjoy a nature walk along the Arboretum’s trails and feast your eyes on over 1,700 species of plants, trees and shrubs. A map of the site is available here. The grounds are open dawn to dusk all year round with free admission.


Group Walks

Arboretum Auxiliary Docents will lead you on a one-and-a-half hour walk through the gorgeous grounds. Registration is required two weeks in advance, with a $5.00 charge per person. Call 519-824-4120 ext. 54110 or email to book a group walk. The Diplomat Apartments, Inverness Apartments, Driftwood Apartments and Belle Ayre Apartments are all less than 10 minutes away.


Interpretive Tours

This one- to three-hour tour includes interpretations of the use of plants for naturalization planting and horticulture. The fee is $120.00 for one hour, $150.00 for two hours or $210.00 for three hours. A maximum of 20 participants are needed for this tour to run and at least two weeks’ notice is required.


Wednesday Evening Walks

In June, July and August, the Arboretum offers Wednesday Evening Walks that begin at 7:00 p.m. at the J.C. Taylor Nature Centre. Admission is $2.00 per person, but children under five are free.

Special Events

Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale

This year’s plant sale is scheduled for September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the R.J. Hilton Centre on College Avenue East. Native trees and shrubs, perennials and woodland ephemerals are among the plants you can purchase.


Distance Education

The University of Guelph offers distance education courses through the Arboretum. Currently, the classes offered are Nature Interpretation, Environmental Perspectives and Human Choices I and Environmental Perspectives and Human Choices II. The Cherryblossom Apartments, Juniper Apartments, Maplewood Apartments, Terrace Towers Apartments and Park Towers Apartments are all a seven-minute drive from the facility.


Located at 24 Joseph Street, 240 Waterloo Avenue, 66 Macdonell Street and 329 Speedvale Avenue East, Williams and McDaniel’s Executive Suites, Pioneer Apartments, The Sovereign and Appletree Apartments offer residents great rental options in Guelph.