The Arboretum’s 86th year was certainly busy and we are excited to report on some of the accomplishments in our collections, education and conservation efforts.

Perhaps most notably and visible in 2015 was the completion of the two-year long Japanese Garden reconstruction.   The reconstruct and reopening coincided with the Garden’s 50th anniversary since its dedication.  New trail surfaces, Meditation House and bridges throughout the garden were all rebuilt.  The garden now includes an upland forest and understory plantings that will serve to slow the velocity of water and sediment coming into the pond.

Additional 2015 accomplishments follow.

  • The Arboretum hosted more than 250,000 visitors in 2015, all free-of-charge.
  • Auto Tour reconstruction was completed in the north end of The Arboretum to improve access to the Daweswood House Museum and the collection areas north of the house.
  • Arboretum East trails were improved to traverse more natural terrain and wind through one of the largest woodlands at The Arboretum. A new spur trail was created to access an American Indian burial mound.
  • Conservation efforts included reforesting seven acres in mixed native Ohio trees and planting three acres in native prairie. Research also began to evaluate the effectiveness and success of a variety of control measures commonly used to fight invasive plants.
  • Our popular Fairchild Challenge education program for middle and high school students attracted more than 1,100 students representing 10 schools. These students took part in visual arts representations of plant and insect interactions, wrote essays, and created environmental themed public service announcements.

As a privately funded organization, it is only with your support that The Arboretum offered these, and many more, opportunities for learning, nature exploration, and recreation to our community in 2015.  If you are an Arboretum member, you can learn more about our many additional 2015 accomplishments when our annual report hits your mailbox in late January.  Not currently a member?  Join now to receive this exclusive publication that will also fill you in on upcoming 2016 projects.

We hope you will join The Arboretum family today by clicking here or share the gift of membership with a loved one by calling 800.44.DAWES.  We thank you for your support!

Luke Messinger,

Executive Director