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, […]

Vote to Name The Dawes Arboretum the Best in the Nation

It’s possible you have heard the exciting news by now. The Dawes Arboretum was recently nominated as one of the best botanical gardens in the nation in USA Today’s latest 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.  We are among 18 other public gardens in the running to reach the top spot and claim the title […]

A Look Back at Land Conservation Projects in 2016

2016 was a busy year for everyone at The Arboretum, including our Land Conservation staff who worked on many conservation and land improvement projects that help position us as a leading advocate for the natural world across Licking County and the central Ohio region. We recently caught up with Shana Byrd, director of land conservation, […]

The Dawes Arboretum Tradition of Honoring Outstanding Horticulturists

The Dawes Arboretum has a long history of honoring prominent members of the horticulture community.  The Arboretum has dedicated trees in honor of forestry education pioneer Carl Alwin Schenck, Ph.D., researcher and professor of Horticulture at The Ohio State University Dr. Lewis C. Chadwick and even Johnny Appleseed!  Most recently, The Arboretum honored botanist and […]

Prune Oaks in Winter

By Mike Ecker, Director of Living Collections:  Goodness – it’s cold and you want to prune now?  Can’t we wait till it’s nice and warm in July or something?  Especially the oaks on Oak Hill!  You can’t get much more exposed to the elements on our grounds than on Oak Hill (Glacier Ridge on our […]

Winter Appeal, Looks to Taste

Michael Ecker, Director of Horticulture When it comes to plants possessing winter interest, some are mentioned over and over.   Nothing wrong with these commonly repeated plants, but how about some that do not come up as often?   Plants I tend to visit every winter, over and over. Take a look at the trunk of the […]

The Sweetness of Sweetgums

The Sweetness of Sweetgum Mike Ecker, Director of Horticulture The first time someone told me they had a pine crossed with a maple I was completely taken aback.  That’s not possible.  A second time a year or so later, another person described the same “hybrid.”  My answer was the same.  Another year or two…  a […]

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 […]

Fall Plant Sale

Fall Plant Sale by Megan Fleischer, Display Gardens Manager We are within reach of the time of year I look forward to most; where a perfect day consists of cool, crisp morning air that slowly warms as the day ages.  It’s time to prepare for fall!  We’ve almost made it gardeners, another summer in the books.  […]

Arbor Day – A Celebration of Trees!

Arbor Day – A Celebration of Trees Sarah Mill Director of Education I was the odd kid at an urban elementary school in Columbus who forewent relay races and tetherball to collect honey locust seed pods and dig-up rocks in the corners of the school yard.  So, it came as no surprise when, on Arbor […]