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. 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, a 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 the NRAC Clean Ohio Fund to ensure the preservation of these exceptional gardens for the enjoyment and education of many generations to come. We look forward to seeing you at Mission Oaks Gardens.
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 the development of the gardens in an abandoned ravine located below the home. It has a unique micro-climate that makes it suitable for the survival of both native and non-native plants to this part of Ohio.
Formerly, Mission Oaks Gardens were visited by invitation or appointment only, but are now open to the public daily. Staff and Mission Oaks Volunteer Members and other help maintain and host these unique gardens where visitors are invited to ask questions as they meander through.
If you haven’t visited Mission Oaks Gardens in Zanesville, Ohio, then you are truly missing out on a relaxing and educational adventure. Hiding in this beautiful place is a spectacular Fairy Garden…one that will interest both young and young at heart!
So much to see, so much to do and so much to learn…don’t miss out on this perfectly perfect place!