Name that Plant: ID Instructions Revealed

|  By David Brandenburg, Ph.D  |  Read about some common scenarios and questions we hear about plant and wildflower identification: You’re hiking along a trail and spot a wildflower that you do not recognize, or you are cleaning up a home garden bed and encounter an unfamiliar weed—how can you find out what these plants […]

YOUR ARBORETUM SINCE 1929

Your support of The Dawes Arboretum is greatly appreciated! Participate in our survey to let us know how we can improve. Founded in 1929 the Dawes family helped initiate some of Ohio’s early research in reforestation on a small farm located just north of the National Road.  Since then, The Dawes Arboretum has grown to become one […]

Saving the American Chestnut Tree

By Peter Lowe  | A Species Threatened The American chestnut was once a prominent member of the Appalachian hardwood forest; however, in 1904 chestnut blight was introduced to North America with a devastating effect.  Chestnut blight, a fungus imported from Asia, is spread by means of spores in the air, raindrops, or animals and enters […]

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 […]

25 Reasons Why Summer Day Camps Rock!

For parents who are considering signing your child(ren) up for a day camp this summer, you might be asking yourself, “Is summer camp that important?” Here are 25 reasons why we think summer day camps are great: Being a young explorer and discovering things about the natural world Sometimes it’s okay to get your hands […]

The Japanese Garden: Polishing a Rare Gem

Recently, we received a letter from a member named Sandra who lives in Virginia.  She writes, “…my favorite place at Dawes is the Japanese Garden.  We enjoyed the celebration of the Harvest Moon last fall.  It certainly speaks well of the garden if someone will drive from the state of Virginia to attend this event.” […]

Fascinating and Peculiar Tree Behavior

Never too old to have seen it all—this is surely true for that which I saw during a National Holly Society conference tour near New Harmony Indiana, this past November.  As an explanatory lead-in I’ve included an image of a conifer trunk showing how the wood of this tree’s trunk naturally surrounds the base of branches. […]

The Challenges of Winter… So Far

~ by Jeff Bowman, Curator of Conifers As of January 27, 2014, this winter has been a cold and snowy one. Starting in November 2013, there has been above average snowfall and below average temperatures.  The past few winters have seemed mild compared to what Ohio has experienced over the last few months with never […]

A Few Thoughts Concerning North American Azaleas

by Rich Larson, Nursery Manager North American azaleas number over 15 species, 14 of which grow natively in eastern North America.  As a group, they are highly variable in their habit, timing of their flowers, ecology, and genetics.  Sweet azalea (Rhododendron arborescens [pictured: right]) for example,  may grow to only 3’ or less at high […]

Looking Ahead with the Executive Director

by Executive Director Luke Messinger (originally published in 2012-13 Annual Report). The Arboretum has grown tremendously since its founding in 1929 and the past year was no exception as we continued to expand on our founder’s core mission of trees, history and the natural world.  The year brought us record numbers of visitors and education […]