Glenwood Gardens

Highfield Discovery Garden

The 12-acre Highfield Discovery Garden at Glenwood Gardens is a delight for any age. It is designed to encourage guests to explore the natural world in a fun, engaging environment. Along with the 25-foot Discovery Tree, there are seven smaller gardens to explore within Highfield Discovery Garden: 

Now Open! - Music Garden

This unique new garden welcomes guests to create sounds from outdoor musical instruments, while surrounded by music-themed plantings to highlight the connections between music and nature.

Rendering of the music garden at Highfield Discovery Garden

The garden includes a stage surrounded by five music stations featuring outdoor percussive instruments, including a tung drum, double-sided chimes, and others. Winding through the garden is an accessible path in the shape of a treble clef. In addition to the music stations and plants, the garden will also feature more delightful surprises. Above the garden’s 140-square-foot outdoor stage will be displayed musical notes for the song, “You Are My Sunshine.” Plantings selected for the garden will feature music-related names such as Johnny Cash Daylily, All That Jazz Peony, Drumstick Primrose, and Spring Symphony Foam Flower.

Thank you to Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks program, Dorothy B. Francis Charitable Foundation, Highfield Foundation and Robert Gould Foundation for making this project possible.

Frog & Toads Garden

Look closely among the lily pads and you’ll see they are surrounded by frogs.

Wizard’s Garden

Pass the purple hat, don’t wake the dragon and take the bouncy bridge to the fairy garden.

Trolley Garden

Four small scale trains run on tracks surrounding some of your favorite storybook characters.

Vegetable Garden

Raised beds will put you at eye level with common and not-so-common vegetables.

Grandma’s Scent Garden

You’ll be surrounded by smelly plants for your pretend tea party here.

Morph Garden

The caterpillars in this garden are huge!

Butterfly Garden

This garden is shaped like its favorite resident.


10397 Springfield Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45215

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Phone 513-771-8733

Upcoming Events

  • Hours

    Cotswold Visitor Centre & Highfield Discovery Garden Hours (weather permitting):

    January 1-March 31Monday & Tuesday: Closed
    Wednesday–Saturday: 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Sunday: Noon–4:30 p.m.
    April 1–October 29Monday: Closed
    Tuesday–Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
    October 30–December 31
    Monday & Tuesday: Closed
    Wednesday–Saturday: 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Sunday: Noon–4:30 p.m.

    Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve 

  • Admission

    General Admission
    $6 per person
    Under 2: Free

    To let all families enjoy this children’s garden, guests with a valid food assistance card can receive free admission to Highfield Discovery Garden on regular operating days.

    School Groups

    • $9/person
    • School groups are considered the following: Licensed public or private elementary and middle schools, Head Start programs and licensed day care centers and home-school groups
    • Reservations are required 30 days in advance by calling 513-771-8733.

    Family Pass

    • $60 for four people (any combination of adults and children)
    • $9 add-on per person can be purchased at the original time of purchase
    • You may list up to two last names on the pass

    With unlimited visits to see trolleys, spy frogs and toads, smell new flowers, and learn more about the natural world, the Family Pass pays for itself.

    Still not sure the pass is right for your family? Join us for the day, and if you decide to upgrade to a family pass during your visit, we will apply your daily admission toward the pass!

    Annual pass benefits include:

    • 10% discount at Nature’s Niche gift shop
    • Monthly e-newsletter
    • Priority registration for select special events
    • Passholder perk of the month
    • Members-only days: the garden is open to passholders only during the first Monday of every month during the Blooming Season from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (April–October)

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  • Educational Programs

    Educational programs are offered during all open days to the public and Highfield Discovery Garden passholders. Programs are included for free with the cost of your admission. Private programs can also be arranged to meet the needs of any group. Gather your group of scouts or your garden club and discover your next adventure. For more information, call 513-771-8733. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I bring my dog?
    Dogs are not permitted inside of Highfield Discovery Garden. You may bring your dog for a walk in Glenwood Gardens on both walking trails.

    Is food permitted in Highfield Discovery Garden?
    Yes. Food is permitted inside our patio seating area. We ask that you do not consume food inside of the gardens.

    When is Nature’s Niche open?
    Nature’s Niche Gifts & Books shop inside the Cotswold Visitor Centre is open the same hours as the Highfield Discovery Garden. See above for hours of operation.

    Is smoking permitted?
    No smoking is permitted inside of Highfield Discovery Garden.

    Can my older children visit without me?
    All children must be accompanied by an adult when inside of Highfield Discovery Garden.

    Can I share my pass with another family?
    No. We work hard to keep the price of our family pass low, so please help us by not sharing outside of your household.

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