Home School Programs and Scouting Outings

By Mari Ann Loucks, Marketing Associate  Did you know we have programs specifically for home school students, as well as programs for Girls Scouts, Cub Scouts and American Heritage Girls? Families travel from all over Central Ohio to attend our classes while exploring the diversity of the natural world. We would love for you to […]

Summer Camp Fun at The Dawes Arboretum

By Kristie Hammond, Education Associate “I made a new friend.” –Incredible Edible Plants Camper “I love Dawes and I’m excited to come back!”- Little Naturalist Camper “I had lots of fun!” –Budding Artist Camper   These are just a few of the many reactions to camp Dawes this summer. Over seven weeks, The Dawes Arboretum […]

#GivingTuesday at The Arboretum

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. November 29, 2016 Following a day for giving thanks and days for getting deals, we now have #GivingTuesday — a day for giving back. As you check off your gift giving list, add another recipient … The Dawes Arboretum! There are many ways to share your abundance with The Arboretum: Become […]

A Tradition of Education at The Arboretum

Alexandra Sotkovsky, Marketing Associate Education has always been a focus of the Dawes family. In 1929, our founders Beman and Bertie Dawes enacted the Deed of Trust declaring The Arboretum as a place “…to give pleasure to the public and education to the youth.” The earliest center of education on Arboretum grounds was the Brumback […]

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 […]