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 […]

The Sweetness of Sweetgums

The Sweetness of Sweetgum Mike Ecker, Director of Horticulture The first time someone told me they had a pine crossed with a maple I was completely taken aback.  That’s not possible.  A second time a year or so later, another person described the same “hybrid.”  My answer was the same.  Another year or two…  a […]

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 […]

Fall Plant Sale

Fall Plant Sale by Megan Fleischer, Display Gardens Manager We are within reach of the time of year I look forward to most; where a perfect day consists of cool, crisp morning air that slowly warms as the day ages.  It’s time to prepare for fall!  We’ve almost made it gardeners, another summer in the books.  […]

Food Truck Festival!

Food Truck Festival by Sarah Mill, Director of Education The 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival is nearly upon us!  In 2014, we invited four food trucks and a bakery, along with three local breweries, to share their eats and spread the message of local food, in a new event at The Arboretum.  With no attendance records to […]

Hunting for Treasure

Hunting for Treasure by Mike Ecker, Director of Horticulture People love hunting for treasures whether they do so in antique stores, old book stores or at the ever popular yard sales.  But I propose that among the favorite places to find treasure is right here at The Dawes Arboretum at the Spring Plant Sale and […]

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 […]

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 […]