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.
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.
Building/conservatory hours: 10am - 5pm daily
Admission only applies to the conservatory.
- Daily Admission: $2
- Year Pass: $10
- Lifetime Membership: $250
This collection features the magnificent and ever 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.
Palms, Ferns and Cycads
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.
Carnivorous Plant Collection
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
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.
The Orchid Café
Open Tuesdays - Fridays, 10am - 2pm
The Orchid Café 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 Orchid Café offers private catered events as well as events open to the public, such as cooking classes, specialty brunches, Ladies Night Out, Music on the Patio (June - September) and more! If you are looking for somewhere to host a special event, the Orchid Café is the space for you! Inside Miller Nature Preserve is a perfect spot for a special event such as a reunion, shower, or small wedding. It seats 72 people comfortably and has large window views of the patio and adjacent gardens. Exclusive use of the conservatory also available after building hours.
There also is a large demonstration kitchen which could host a small intimate gathering of friends for a special dinner. Cooking classes and demonstrations are also held here and can be found below.
The Orchid Room is a beautiful room with floor to ceiling windows that look onto the outside event patio and gardens. The room seats 72 people and can be reserved for private parties, small weddings, and other functions during the evenings. Call (440) 458-5121 to reserve your date today!
Catering is provided by an award winning caterer, The Big Show; a licensed concessionaire for The Lorain County Metroparks.
Nature Nook Gift Shop
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.
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.
The Butterfly House is free and is open seasonally from the third week of June to Labor Day, 10 am - 4:30 pm daily.
Come and get an in-depth look as you walk among the butterflies at Miller Nature Preserve. Learn the life cycle from caterpillar to beautiful butterfly, which plants attract butterflies, and get ideas to create your own butterfly garden. This display is free!
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.