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 […]

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 […]

Megan’s Secrets from the Garden

Megan Fleischer, The Arboretum’s Display Gardens Manager, gives seasonal news, tips and advice. The gardens are experiencing a flurry of activity and color. Now is a great time to see a plethora of perennials in their prime! Mother Nature has been unusually kind to the gardens this year. Rainfall has been steady and our perennials are […]

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 – 4/25/2013

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. Blooming Now – April 25, 2013! Well, bit of frost over weekend did a number on some of last week’s flower show. Most magnolias with flowers out are browned […]

Megan’s Secrets from the Garden

Megan  Fleischer, The Arboretum’s Display Garden Manager, gives seasonal gardening tips in her periodic blog. Spring is here—hooray!  No really, March 20th is the first day of spring!  You know, the time of year where temperatures won’t drop below 40 degrees at night and will reach at least 60 degrees daily, right?  Ha, I can dream.  […]

Autumn Mulching

It’s as if someone creeps out in the middle of the night with paint buckets full of rich reds, oranges and yellows and a strong desire to paint every leaf in sight.  The change happens so suddenly.  One day we’re sitting outside enjoying the green of summer and the next we’re knee-deep in autumn, admiring […]

The Dawes Arboretum to the Rescue! (as usual)

Tips that could help turn your backyard desert into an oasis Between dry spells, 100-degree temperatures, and summer storms that tear up trees and flatten flowers, your garden is probably looking a little worse for wear.  If you’ve noticed any of these warning signs, please contact us immediately for garden resuscitation*: Tumble weeds are rolling […]