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 […]

Joy to The Arboretum!

By Erin Neeb, Director of Development The holiday season is my favorite time of year.  People are just more caring during this season.  Families enjoy each other’s company around a decorated tree, friends relish a slice of pie at the dinner table, neighbors exchange ornate cookies, colleagues decorate the office with cheer, and even strangers […]

What Makes Autumn Fall?

by Peter Lowe, Native Landscape Manager On these crisp October mornings when I leave for work I begin my trek in darkness with the soft glow of moonlight descending behind me.  As I reach the practically empty stretch of state route 161 I am greeted by the rising sun and the revelation of color change […]

This Reason to Visit The Arboretum Might Surprise You

When you think of visiting The Dawes Arboretum, chances are, the images that come to mind are diverse plants and trees, serene ponds, gardens or natural areas.  These are the things that make The Arboretum a treasure to explore, but we offer other treasures, too—and these ones can be brought home with you!  An extension of […]

This Tea is not your Average Earl Grey

By Peter Lowe, Native Landscape Manager There is nothing like a warm night of rain to get your gardening gears turning. During a recent rainfall I shut off my T.V., phone, ipad, and computer, while throwing open all my windows and doors to let in the sounds of raindrops falling outside. It was just the […]

Blooms Journal – 6/3/13

What’s blooming now? This is an informal blooming journal from Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker. For specific information on the locations mentioned below, please call 740.323.2355 or email us at information@dawesarb.org. White flowering, rounded trees with large panicles are Japanese tree-lilac.  Nice to see how many are used as street trees.  At The Arboretum they can be seen […]

Blooms Journal – 5/28/13

This is an informal blooming journal from Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker. For specific information on the location mentioned below, please call 740.323.2355 or email us at information@dawesarb.org. Well, things aren’t as riotous as they have been but don’t let that keep you from touring the grounds!  Still lots to see.  In fact some things from the […]

Blooms Journal – 5/14/13

This will be a shortened description this week with Plant Sale coming up Saturday.  Lots of prep work yet to go. And still lots of color to see – although the landscape there are a lot of different greens to see – but I know most don’t want to look at a color so boringly […]