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 […]

Why Prescribed Burns Benefit Native Ecosystems

by Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation at The Dawes Arboretum & Ohio Certified Prescribed Fire Manager Historically, fire has been a natural feature of the landscape, helping to shape plant communities, promote diversity and favor the unique species that depend on fire to complete their life cycles.  For many years, fire suppression led to […]

Celebrating Fall at The Dawes Arboretum

By Mari Ann Moore, Marketing Associate Walking through the Arboretum, you are sure to hear the crunch of the autumn foliage underneath your feet. The trails are being dusted by the crisp leaves as they jump off the trees to celebrate the season. Touring the grounds, you will experience the best part of celebrating fall […]

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 […]

Celebrating Woodland Ramps this Spring

The Arboretum’s Woodland Garden is home to many native plants like pawpaws and spicebush.  In late April and early May, you may even catch a glimpse of plants including foamflower, Virginia bluebells, wild geranium, and large-flower trillium. Throughout the season, wildflowers like these blanket the area, making it a sight to see. Adding to the area’s […]

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 Trip Down the Maple Syrup Trail

With the unseasonably warm temperatures we have had this winter, late February felt a bit more like early spring. Nevertheless, Maple Syrup Days at The Dawes Arboretum kicked off this past weekend with a crowd of curious visitors wanting to learn about the source of the sweet stuff. It Starts With a Tree Sugar maples, […]

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, […]