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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Think Bonsai

| by Keith Stevens, Senior Horticulturalist | Spring is almost here!  As I write this, the snow is still on the ground and I’m thinking of all of the bonsai trees that are dormant waiting to start blooming in a few weeks.    Now is a good time to start preparing your bonsai trees for the […]

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 […]

Looking Back with the Executive Director

| By Luke Messinger, Executive Director | Founded in 1929, the Dawes family helped initiate some of Ohio’s early forest research on a small farm east of Columbus and just north of the National Road. Since those early tree plantings, The Dawes Arboretum has grown to become one of North America’s leading arboreta. With our […]

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 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 […]