Winter Appeal, Looks to Taste

This post was previously published on our blog on January 27, 2016. By 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 […]

Feeding Birds in Your Backyard

by Kris Davis, Ecosystem Manager   Are you planning on setting up a bird feeding station this winter?  There are several factors that go into successfully feeding backyard birds including feeder type, seed and feeder placement.   Feeders House style or “Hopper” feeders will attract a wide variety of feeder birds and are well protected […]

The Big Give: Donate to The Arboretum!

By Mari Ann Loucks, Marketing Associate   The Big Give, one of our biggest donation events of the year, is almost here! The Big Give is a 26-hour online giving event through The Columbus Foundation to support local nonprofits, including The Dawes Arboretum. The event begins Tuesday, October 10 at 10am and runs through Wednesday, […]

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 […]