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, […]

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 […]

Blending Current Landscapes with Future Conservation Collections

Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation As the seasons change, so does the scenery across the landscape.  This is especially true of The Arboretum, which is continually enhanced and cared for to conserve nature and add enjoyment for our visitors.  Over the years the Arboretum has grown and now encompasses nearly 2,000 acres of plant […]