Miller Nature
Preserve

2739 Center Road
Avon, OH 44011
(440) 937-0764 (conservatory) | (440) 937-0898 (Orchid Café)

Building/conservatory hours: 10am - 5pm daily
(Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day)

Orchid Café hours: Tue. - Fri. 10am – 2pm. Saturdays during summer - patio only

Interior of the ConservatoryExterior of the Conservatory at Miller Nature Preserve

 

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 CONSERVATORY


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

Building/conservatory hours: 10am - 5pm daily

Admission only applies to the conservatory.

  • Daily Admission: $2
  • Year Pass: $10
  • Lifetime Membership: $250

 

PHOTOGRAPHY OPPORTUNITIES

Miller Nature Preserve photography - Ever After Imagery

For info and permits call for an appointment
(440) 937-0764

Whatever the occasion, whether a bride-to-be, a high school senior or celebrating a First Communion, the Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory and grounds is the place to get your memorable moments captured. The unique location allows for endless possibilities for your event, offering a variety of beautiful foliage and waterfalls, a tropical location under the bananas, or the colorful backdrop of orchids.

The conservatory requires a permit and fee for a one hour photography session. The conservatory is open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sessions can be scheduled during our open hours, however, the Conservatory will remain open to the public during that time.

Parties of between 10-20 individuals (including photographer) have a fee of $150, which includes admission to the conservatory. A fee of $75 is required for groups with less than 10 individuals (including photographer).

Private photography sessions are available after-hours for a fee of $200. Family photo session with nonprofessional photographer also requires a permit and fee. Inquire for details.

*Outdoor photography sessions: no charge, although a permit is required. Permit is for a one hour time sessions.

THE COLLECTIONS:

Orchid Collection

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.

Bonsai Collection located in the Bonsai Room in the Conservatory.

Bonsai Collection

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.

Bromeliads

Wellington CreekSaguaro Cactus located in the Arid Region of the Conservatory

This display will spotlight the colorful flowers and showy bracts of these beautiful and fascinating epiphytes from tropical America.

Desert Collection

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.

Seasonal Collections

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

View of the seating area and the demonstration kitchen located inside the Orchid Café

(440) 937-0898
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.

Rentals

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.

Demonstration Kitchen

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.

BUTTERFLY HOUSE


Wellington Creek
**CLOSED FOR THE SEASON**

The Butterfly House is free and is open seasonally from the third week of Labor Day.

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!

HISTORY


Wellington Creek

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.

 

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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.

  • Drs. Ibrahim, Itri, and Mustafa Eren and Families 
  • Lorain County Tropical Greenhouse and Museum Association
  • Eric and Jane Nord Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Lorain County
  • Columbia Gas of Ohio
  • CenturyLink
  • FirstMerit Bank
  • Lakeland Healthcare Corporation
  • Yard Works, Inc.