Fall: A Time for Family Fun

Fall: A Time for Family Fun by Sarah Mill, Education Director The fall season is my favorite, for a number of reasons. In my family, fall is a time to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, honor traditions, rekindle friendships and take some pause from the daily routine to enjoy the great outdoors. For me, there is […]

History Center 2015

History Center 2015 by Leslie Wagner, Historian The history department is proud to display its exhibits for the year: the Japanese Garden, Rufus and Ephraim Dawes, Heisey Glass collection of Bertie Dawes and Tree Dedicator Johnny Clem. The Japanese Garden 50th anniversary makes a great reason to create an exhibit about the Arboretum’s most popular […]

Boom Year for Maple Syrup?

By Beth Spieles, Interpretive Educator The forecasts may be lining up to predict a bountiful harvest of maple syrup this year.  Ecologists at Tufts University have reported evidence of a correlation between seed production and syrup production.  Since 2014 was considered a low mast year for maples (meaning fewer of those helicopter seeds were produced), […]

Have you considered volunteering at The Arboretum?

Last year we had nearly 200 people volunteer over 5000 hours!  Dawes could not be the beautiful, amazing place it is without the support of our valued volunteers. If the winter cold has you moving in slow motion, know that we are busy preparing for the upcoming spring.  One of the busiest times at The […]

Ephraim Dawes Back at The Arboretum

| By Leslie Wagner, Historian | The Dawes Arboretum Archives Building houses our artifacts not currently on display at the Daweswood House Museum or History Center. Vaults are located within the building that separates our different types of artifacts. Our historical paperwork and photographs are organized together, our library has all of our books shelved, […]

Looking Back with the Executive Director

| By Luke Messinger, Executive Director | Founded in 1929, the Dawes family helped initiate some of Ohio’s early forest research on a small farm east of Columbus and just north of the National Road. Since those early tree plantings, The Dawes Arboretum has grown to become one of North America’s leading arboreta. With our […]

Osa Johnson: The Adventurer and The Arboretum

by Sarah Deffinger, History Intern  | “I am very happy to be able to plant in this beautiful tree-sanctuary a sweet-gum tree, for it has always been my favorite in Africa. . . . And since my heart is in Africa and I am giving you an African tree, I feel that I am leaving […]

Visit the Brand New History Center… with Exhibits!

By Leslie Wagner, Historian The History Center has been an ever-changing space in The Dawes Arboretum’s history.  A garage for the Dawes family, the headquarters of the History department, and now a space to showcase our artifacts and archival materials.  The building is dedicated to C. Burr Dawes, son of the founders and the Arboretum’s […]

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 […]

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 […]