History Center Preview: Spring 2018

By Leslie Wagner, Historian In 1929 The Dawes Arboretum was established by Beman and Bertie Dawes, propelled by Beman’s determination to inspire others to plant trees. At the time of The Arboretum’s establishment, Ohio was depleted of trees due to a 150-year period of forest removal. Beman, a former industrialist, decided to turn his oil […]

Maple Syrup Days: A Traditional Favorite with Some New Twists

By Sarah Mill, Director of Education With the last of the freezing nights and the beginning of sap flow, maple trees are tapped for their sweet sap which is boiled down into delicious maple syrup. At the Arboretum this signifies the beginning of Maple Syrup Days, our annual celebration featuring guided tours, maple syrup samples […]

The Differences between a Park and an Arboretum

By Mari Ann Loucks, Marketing Associate As a new employee at The Dawes Arboretum, I often had to explain to my friends and family that a park is different from an arboretum. Merriam-Webster defines an arboretum as “a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes.” In other words, […]

Use Our New App to Guide Your Visit

By Jill Holton Arrasmith, Marketing Manager We are always looking for ways to our improve visitors’ experiences.  This spring we are rolling out a new tool that should do just that.  The Arboretum’s free mobile app made its debut at the Arbor Day Festival on April 28. The app features information about points of interest […]

The History of Arbor Day at The Dawes Arboretum

By Sarah Aisenbrey, Archivist  Not only does the month of April bring warmer weather and spring blooms throughout The Arboretum, it also includes two of our favorite holidays, Earth Day and Arbor Day.  Each year, we invite the public to celebrate trees and all the ways they make our lives better, during The Dawes Arboretum […]

History Center Preview: Spring 2016

Leslie Wagner, Historian The number of visitors that have visited our History Center in the past two years has been over 1,600.  With the sheer number of children exploring the exhibits, the new displays for this year will have a theme of education at The Dawes Arboretum.  Education has always been a focus of The Arboretum […]

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 […]