By Jill Holton Arrasmith, Marketing Manager

We are always looking for ways to our improve visitors’ experiences.  This spring we are rolling out a new tool that should do just that.  The Arboretum’s free mobile app made its debut at the Arbor Day Festival on April 28.

The app features information about points of interest throughout our main grounds and outlying areas.  App users can learn about Arboretum history, our Dutch Fork Wetlands, the Japanese Garden and much more.  The app also links users to a Plant Finder that locates plants on our grounds by common or scientific name.  If you are looking for a specific type of maple tree, just type in its name and the plant finder will show you exactly where it is located on our grounds.

My favorite part of the app is its interactive map.  Visitors can see precisely where they are on our grounds and how far they are from gardens, points of interest and plant collections.  It’s better than carrying our paper map because there is a blue dot that shows your exact location.  No more turning the map around to try and figure out where you are.

Visitors can also use the app to plan their visit, find out about upcoming programs and learn about Arboretum membership.  Our free app is available in the App Store and Google Play.  Just search for Dawes Arboretum.