2739 Center Rd, Avon, OH 44011
Welcome to the website page of Miller Nature Preserve! Located on Route 83 in Avon, Miller Nature Preserve rests on 78 acres of wooded land in the heart of Avon. Much of the property was donated by longtime Avon resident, Buddy Miller in memory of his late wife Alice Fowles. A Visitor Center is nestled between trees and the winding French Creek and includes a café, a gift shop and a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes. The highlight of this preserve is the 5,000 square foot conservatory, the first in Lorain County. Bring your family and friends and camera to capture the beauty inside and outside.
The newest seasonal display honoring our nation and those who have fought to protect it. With the colors of “Old Glory” spread throughout the conservatory and overflowing into the outdoor gardens, it is difficult not to be filled with the American spirit. Bring your family this Memorial Day weekend to Miller Nature Preserve and see the wide array of red, white, and blue flowers!
Highlighting the Miller Nature Preserve is the Conservatory, which displays various plant specimens from all over the world in a unique recreation of their habitat. Follow the paths through the conservatory and enjoy the colorfully landscaped gardens including the orchid collection donated by Dr. Ibrahim Eren of Lorain, bromeliads, ferns, bonsai, desert plants, palms and cycads, and other tropical plants. Visit us regularly to see new floral displays that celebrate unique and beautiful plants.
Admission only applies to the conservatory. You are welcome to hike the trails and visit the visitor center free of charge.
This collection features the magnificent and every changing display of orchids from around the world; collected, donated, and sponsored by Dr. Ibrahim Eren of Lorain.
Exhibiting the 13th century oriental art of bonsai, our bonsai collection emphasizes miniature clouds of foliage on picturesquely contorted stems that make these plants appear to be ancient. Bonsai on display are on loan from local enthusiasts including the Sandusky Bonsai Club.
This collection features an array of terrestrial and epiphytic ferns, tree ferns, and palms from both temperate and tropical regions, many of which date back to prehistoric times.
This display will spotlight the colorful flowers and showy bracts of these beautiful and fascinating epiphytes from tropical America.
This collection features arid region plants and succulents like cacti, agaves, yuccas, and many others displayed in a natural setting.
The carnivorous plant collection will display an amazing and always intriguing assortment of sundews, flytraps and pitcher plants, many of which are indigenous to the United States.
Our seasonal collection changes every few months to feature a new theme to reflect the season. Visit each time to see the notable plants that portrays each season.
The visitor center is free to visit and includes a gift shop, cafe, demonstration kitchen for culinary classes and outdoor event patio to enjoy warm summer evenings listening to local musicians. Many aspects of the facility have followed and incorporated some of the LEED (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- Green Building Rating System) guidelines to make it a ‘greenspace’. Some of the features that have been utilized are water conservation, conserving construction materials, decreased heat emission, site design, and many aspects of energy conservation especially within the greenhouse itself.
Hours: 11am to 6pm daily (unless the room is rented for a private party. Call (440) 233-7272 to confirm hours)
The Orchid Room is a beautiful café inside the visitor center at Miller Nature Preserve where you can enjoy lunch or an early dinner in the park. Bring family, friends, and business colleagues for a relaxing lunch and then tour the conservatory for a unique dining experience. The menu includes an array of salads, soups, sandwiches and other delicious dishes made from fresh ingredients. Call (440) 937-4545 for reservations for your small group for lunch or dinner.
The Orchid Room is a beautiful room with floor to ceiling windows that look onto the outside event patio and gardens. The room seats 70 people and can be reserved for private parties, small weddings, and other functions during the evenings. Reservations are made through Deluca’s Place in the Park. Call (440) 233-7272 to reserve your date today!
The Orchid Room is closed the following days due to private events:
Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21 - Closing at 3:00pm
Thursday, July 26 - Closing at 3:00pm
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
The Nature Nook at Miller features gifts, plants, and resources for those who love gardening. It is run by Friends of the Metro Parks and has a great selection of gifts for all ages on gardening and to remember your visit to the Conservatory.
The demonstration kitchen is used for both small hands-on class and large cooking demonstrations. Featuring local chefs, classes highlight various cooking techniques and incorporate fresh herbs and produce so you can make similar dishes in your own home.
Northeast Ohio once had numerous greenhouse operations, with Avon being a forerunner with the most acres under glass and considered the Greenhouse Capital. In the early 1970’s one of the major plants that was producing millions of dollars and thousands of tons of crop was the ‘hot house’ tomato. Today, that industry is not as dominant to the national greenhouse industry but there are still numerous greenhouses that provide a variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, ornamental plants, and vegetables in Avon.
A Metro Park is always growing, improving, and meshing with the needs of the community. In the coming months and year, some of the projects we are working on are the outdoor gardens, trails, and a separate butterfly house.
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Miller Nature Preserve would not be possible without the generous donations from individuals and business in the community. Thank you to the following for making this park possible.
Amherst Beaver Creek
Black River Reservation
French Creek Reservation
Forest Hills Golf Course
Indian Hollow Reservation
Kopf Family Reservation
Miller Nature Preserve
North Coast Inland Trail
Sandy Ridge Reservation
Sheffield Lake Reservation
Vermillion River Reservation