E Pluribus Unum (“Out of Many, One)

David Brandenburg, Taxonomic Botanist Looking out at your backyard one morning, you count some dozen and a half dandelions in bloom.  The actual number of individual dandelion flowers in your yard is surprisingly much greater than your visual estimate.  That’s because dandelions belong to the “composite” family of plants (Asteraceae, a.k.a. Compositae), sometimes called the […]

Plant It and They Will Come!

Carrie Brown, Conservation Project Manager “Plant it and they will come!”  Regarding native flowering plants and local pollinators, this happens to be the case!  Due to increasing pressures such as development & urbanization, changing climate, and habitat degradation, native pollinators need our help now more than ever.  You can make a difference by planting native plants […]

Plant Records at The Dawes Arboretum

Greg Payton, Plant Records Specialist Keeping detailed records about the origin and disposition of Dawes’ living collection is in part how The Arboretum is distinct from a mere display garden. Detailed plant records and labels distinguish a scientific collection, and these allow the plants in the collection to be used for research and education as […]

Tap Into Mother Nature with Maple Syrup Madness

Sarah Mill, Director of Education After a mild start, it’s finally feeling like winter with cold air and bursts of snow.  The trees are hibernating right now, but their rest won’t last long. March is known by many as “maple syrup month.”  Beginning in late winter, as the days begin to creep above freezing while […]

2015 Highlights from the Executive Director

The Arboretum’s 86th year was certainly busy and we are excited to report on some of the accomplishments in our collections, education and conservation efforts. Perhaps most notably and visible in 2015 was the completion of the two-year long Japanese Garden reconstruction.   The reconstruct and reopening coincided with the Garden’s 50th anniversary since its dedication.  […]

The Japanese Garden Opens

The sun will once again rise in the east of The Dawes Arboretum’s Japanese Garden! Beginning Sunday, May 31, 2015, The Arboretum’s beloved garden will once again be open to visitors.  A celebration opening is planned for Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 6pm.  Honored guest Consul General of Japan, Dr. Katayama is scheduled to speak and […]

Four things we could not have done this year without our donors!

| By Erin Neeb, Director of Development | This is a wonderful time to reflect on the year coming to an end and revel in accomplishments.  This year, The Dawes Arboretum was able to make several leaps forward in our work that were significantly funded by donors.  While our founders, Beman and Bertie Dawes, had […]

Megan’s Secrets from the Garden

by Megan Fleischer, Display Gardens Manager  | We are half-way through the year and many thoughts are running through my mind as we approach summer. With every passing rain storm I wonder if it’s the last one we’ll see for a while. Will I spend most of the summer hand watering plants? Will we have […]

Plant Sale Sneak Peek!

by Mike Ecker, Director of Horticulture  |   Plant Sale & Garden Fair will soon be here and Arboretum staff are already prepping and planning for the sale happening May 17.  Each year we continue to update and improve our offerings and it always seems to end successfully… more, I suspect, from dedicated buyers and […]

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 […]