Celebrate Trees at The Arbor Day Festival

by Katelyn Brehmer, Education Intern It’s spring at The Arboretum!  New blooms, fresh green grass, and fun, springtime events make this one of my favorite seasons. There is always something fun to see and do on Arboretum grounds, especially in April when one of the biggest events of the year takes place–Arbor Day! After over […]

25 Reasons Why Summer Day Camps Rock!

For parents who are considering signing your child(ren) up for a day camp this summer, you might be asking yourself, “Is summer camp that important?” Here are 25 reasons why we think summer day camps are great: Being a young explorer and discovering things about the natural world Sometimes it’s okay to get your hands […]

The Japanese Garden: Polishing a Rare Gem

Recently, we received a letter from a member named Sandra who lives in Virginia.  She writes, “…my favorite place at Dawes is the Japanese Garden.  We enjoyed the celebration of the Harvest Moon last fall.  It certainly speaks well of the garden if someone will drive from the state of Virginia to attend this event.” […]

Fascinating and Peculiar Tree Behavior

Never too old to have seen it all—this is surely true for that which I saw during a National Holly Society conference tour near New Harmony Indiana, this past November.  As an explanatory lead-in I’ve included an image of a conifer trunk showing how the wood of this tree’s trunk naturally surrounds the base of branches. […]

Maple Syrup Season

I am often asked, “What is your favorite season at the Arboretum?” It’s not actually during the glow of fall or the rainbow of spring blooms, but during the frost of maple syrup season — for that is when Homo sapiens begin to migrate to The Arboretum in large numbers for another year! While I […]

The Challenges of Winter… So Far

~ by Jeff Bowman, Curator of Conifers As of January 27, 2014, this winter has been a cold and snowy one. Starting in November 2013, there has been above average snowfall and below average temperatures.  The past few winters have seemed mild compared to what Ohio has experienced over the last few months with never […]

A Few Thoughts Concerning North American Azaleas

by Rich Larson, Nursery Manager North American azaleas number over 15 species, 14 of which grow natively in eastern North America.  As a group, they are highly variable in their habit, timing of their flowers, ecology, and genetics.  Sweet azalea (Rhododendron arborescens [pictured: right]) for example,  may grow to only 3’ or less at high […]

Looking Ahead with the Executive Director

by Executive Director Luke Messinger (originally published in 2012-13 Annual Report). The Arboretum has grown tremendously since its founding in 1929 and the past year was no exception as we continued to expand on our founder’s core mission of trees, history and the natural world.  The year brought us record numbers of visitors and education […]

Joy to The Arboretum!

By Erin Neeb, Director of Development The holiday season is my favorite time of year.  People are just more caring during this season.  Families enjoy each other’s company around a decorated tree, friends relish a slice of pie at the dinner table, neighbors exchange ornate cookies, colleagues decorate the office with cheer, and even strangers […]

Luminary Tour and Poinsettia Sale, Friday December 6, 5:30 – 8pm

The countdown is on: one of the most magnificent displays of luminaries this holiday season is quickly approaching and The Arboretum elves are busy gearing up for this treasured event. An unforgettable evening that will bring joy to all—start with a leisurely car ride through our South End Auto Tour illuminated by 2,000 candle-lit luminaries.  […]

Arboretum Weddings: Trends & Ceremony Sites

Wow!  With wedding season winding down I have time to sit and reflect about some of the wonderful events we have had and people we have met.  I consider myself blessed to be able to help create so many families’ special days. My brides’ trends this year seemed to be pulling from two distinct areas.  […]

What Makes Autumn Fall?

by Peter Lowe, Native Landscape Manager On these crisp October mornings when I leave for work I begin my trek in darkness with the soft glow of moonlight descending behind me.  As I reach the practically empty stretch of state route 161 I am greeted by the rising sun and the revelation of color change […]

This Reason to Visit The Arboretum Might Surprise You

When you think of visiting The Dawes Arboretum, chances are, the images that come to mind are diverse plants and trees, serene ponds, gardens or natural areas.  These are the things that make The Arboretum a treasure to explore, but we offer other treasures, too—and these ones can be brought home with you!  An extension of […]

Finding Your Civil War Ancestors

Want to find out if your family has a connection to the Civil War?  Please join our upcoming workshop, Finding Your Civil War Ancestors on October 1, 2013 at 6pm.  The speaker is Eydie Wright Keim, President of the Licking County Genealogical Society.  Free to attend, donations welcomed. The American Civil War celebrates its 150th […]

Megan’s Secrets from the Garden

Megan Fleischer, The Arboretum’s Display Gardens Manager, gives seasonal news, tips and advice. The gardens are experiencing a flurry of activity and color. Now is a great time to see a plethora of perennials in their prime! Mother Nature has been unusually kind to the gardens this year. Rainfall has been steady and our perennials are […]

This Tea is not your Average Earl Grey

By Peter Lowe, Native Landscape Manager There is nothing like a warm night of rain to get your gardening gears turning. During a recent rainfall I shut off my T.V., phone, ipad, and computer, while throwing open all my windows and doors to let in the sounds of raindrops falling outside. It was just the […]

Blooms Journal – 6/3/13

What’s blooming now? This is an informal blooming journal from Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker. For specific information on the locations mentioned below, please call 740.323.2355 or email us at information@dawesarb.org. White flowering, rounded trees with large panicles are Japanese tree-lilac.  Nice to see how many are used as street trees.  At The Arboretum they can be seen […]

Blooms Journal – 5/28/13

This is an informal blooming journal from Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker. For specific information on the location mentioned below, please call 740.323.2355 or email us at information@dawesarb.org. Well, things aren’t as riotous as they have been but don’t let that keep you from touring the grounds!  Still lots to see.  In fact some things from the […]

Blooms Journal – 5/14/13

This will be a shortened description this week with Plant Sale coming up Saturday.  Lots of prep work yet to go. And still lots of color to see – although the landscape there are a lot of different greens to see – but I know most don’t want to look at a color so boringly […]

Blooms Journal – 5/6/13

This is an informal blooming journal from Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker. For specific information on the location mentioned below, please call 740.323.2355 or email us at information@dawesarb.org. It’s greener than last week, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other colors to see.  A fine viewing example is from Center Point looking down the hill.  Some heirloom […]

Blooms Journal – 4/30/2013

This is an informal blooming journal from Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker. For specific information on the location mentioned below, please call 740.323.2355 or email us at information@dawesarb.org. I love spring! The Japanese Garden in particular embodies my love of nature and horticulture. The garden is ablaze with various colors of green, red, pink with a freshness […]

Blooms Journal – 4/25/2013

This is an informal blooming journal from Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker. For specific information on the location mentioned below, please call 740.323.2355 or email us at information@dawesarb.org. Blooming Now – April 25, 2013! Well, bit of frost over weekend did a number on some of last week’s flower show. Most magnolias with flowers out are browned […]

Blooms Journal – 4/16/2013

This is an informal blooming journal from Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker. For specific information on the location mentioned below, please call 740.323.2355 or email us at information@dawesarb.org. Blooming Now – April 16, 2013! The witch-hazels are done. I guess 4 months of blooming was enough. Most cherries are in full bloom – Japanese Garden and […]

Megan’s Secrets from the Garden

Megan  Fleischer, The Arboretum’s Display Garden Manager, gives seasonal gardening tips in her periodic blog. Spring is here—hooray!  No really, March 20th is the first day of spring!  You know, the time of year where temperatures won’t drop below 40 degrees at night and will reach at least 60 degrees daily, right?  Ha, I can dream.  […]

A Day in the Life of Maple Sugar

Maple Syrup Madness is going on February 23 – March 9 Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sundays, 1 – 4pm The sugar moon shone brightly all the way to the forest floor.  The previous day’s snow showers had clung to the windward side of the tallest tree trunks.  The snow had melted midday but […]

A Chance to Dabble in the Art of Grafting

The last Saturday of every January a grafting workshop is held, which, for most people, represents the first and only time they will enjoy the experience of grafting woody plants. In this program, each grafter gets a feel for the knife and can put two plants together cleanly with the help of Horticulture expert and Propagator […]

Autumn Mulching

It’s as if someone creeps out in the middle of the night with paint buckets full of rich reds, oranges and yellows and a strong desire to paint every leaf in sight.  The change happens so suddenly.  One day we’re sitting outside enjoying the green of summer and the next we’re knee-deep in autumn, admiring […]

The Life Cycle of Trash

Help keep our planet clean by using a recycling bin instead of a trash can for many of your household materials.  Most can be used and reused to ensure a more Earth-friendly life cycle.  Think about setting up a composting area and buying products that are made with post-consumer waste or recycled materials.   Plastics […]

The Dawes Arboretum to the Rescue! (as usual)

Tips that could help turn your backyard desert into an oasis Between dry spells, 100-degree temperatures, and summer storms that tear up trees and flatten flowers, your garden is probably looking a little worse for wear.  If you’ve noticed any of these warning signs, please contact us immediately for garden resuscitation*: Tumble weeds are rolling […]