Mission Oaks Gardens
Mission Oaks Gardens is a beautiful urban garden located in Zanesville, Ohio. What makes this garden unique is its unassuming nature. It exists quietly and virtually undetectable from the street in a residential neighborhood. More than five acres of gardens showcase hundreds of both common and unusual plants. There is a collection of hybrid magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons. Perennials and annuals fill the gardens almost year round. The perennial garden’s design is based on Gertrude Jekyll ‘s classic color chart design beginning with red and ending with blue flowers and foliage surrounding a rustic gazebo. It also features two waterfalls, a babbling bog garden, a large pond, walking paths, a creek, and one of the most renowned conifer gardens in the state. The one and one-quarter acre conifer garden contains 300 trees, many of which are not native to North America. The trees represent more than 100 species within 60 genera. This secluded garden contains the spectacular rocky waterfall and pond.
National Public Gardens Day is an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens to raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide.
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Mission Oaks Foundation
The Mission Oaks Foundation was incorporated in Ohio in 2000. It is a non-profit organization, and has IRS 501 (C) 3 tax exempt status. Its mission is preserving green space in Appalachia Ohio and providing educational information and experiences in horticulture. The Gardens were transferred to the Muskingum Valley Park District in 2011 by the foundation under the Ohio Green Space Conservation program. The Foundation manages the gardens with the assistance of garden volunteers. Garden Volunteers provide maintenance, education and tour guides of the gardens.
1865 Norwood Blvd., Zanesville, OH 43701
740-450-8050 Ext 1