Mission Oaks Gardens is a beautiful urban garden located in Zanesville, Ohio. It exists quietly and virtually undetectable from the street in a residential neighborhood. The garden’s history began in the late 1980’s with the purchase of the property by Bert and Susan Hendley. They lovingly restored the mission style home which sits at the top of the property and then began development of the gardens in an abandoned ravine located below the home. The ravine’s unique micro-climate made it suitable for the survival of both native and non-native plants to this part of Ohio.
Today, more than seven acres of gardens showcase hundreds of rare and unusual plants including a collection of azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias, and conifers. Perennials, annuals, and wildflowers fill the gardens year-round. The gardens also feature two waterfalls, a natural bog, perennial garden, walking paths, creek, gazebo and one of the most renowned conifer gardens in the state. The nearly two-acre conifer garden displays over 300 trees, many of which are not native to North America. These trees represent more than 90 species within more than 50 genera. In 2010 Mission Oaks Gardens was acquired by the Muskingum Valley Park District through a grant from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund to ensure the preservation of these exceptional gardens for the enjoyment and education of generations to come.
Directions: Head north on Maple Ave to Dresden Rd. Veer right onto Dresden and make a right on Yale Ave. Turn right on Euclid Ave. Turn left on Hunter Ave. Parking and entrance are at the end of Hunter Ave.