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Special Events

Below is a list of The Arboretum’s annual special events – some of the most popular, highly visited and exciting times of the year!

Plant Sale & Garden Fair

Saturday, May 21, 2016plant sale
9am – 3pm
Visitors Center

Enhance your landscape with unique plants cultivated by our horticulture experts!  Our spring Plant Sale & Garden Fair offers the opportunity to find some rare gems not found anywhere else.  The Arboretum showcases some of our favorite woody varieties which have been researched on our own grounds. Merchants and professionals offer wares and services in all areas of gardening, landscaping and home décor.  Choose from an assortment of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables.  Our plant experts are always on hand to help you choose the best plants for your outdoor spaces.  Don’t forget to head into the Visitors Center for our 36th Annual Bonsai Show from 10am – 6pm.

Members of The Arboretum at the Buckeye level and higher get to select plants one day early with an invitation to the Plant Sale Preview. Click here to join or upgrade your membership today!

*Proceeds from the sale benefit The Arboretum’s collections and grounds.

Summer Concert: The British Invasion

Sponsored by Park National Bank and KOOL 101.7 Classic Hits

Thursday, August 4, 2016
6:30pm – 8pm
$20 per car/tickets must be purchased in advance (Tickets go on sale July 1)

The British Invasion will play your favorite 1960s songs from ‘across the pond’ at this outdoor concert. Arboretum members will receive VIP parking and a commemorative glass while supplies last. Come early to enjoy a variety of delicious offerings from local food trucks!

*Arboretum memberships can be purchased online here, or in our Visitors Center any day we are open.

Fall Festival

Presented by The Energy Cooperative

Saturday, October 1, 2016
10am – 4pm

Where better to honor the start of autumn than The Dawes Arboretum? Celebrate the harvest season with an enjoyable family event that explores homesteading techniques and seasonally appropriate gardening tips.

Arbor Day Festival

April 29, 2017arbor day (low res)
10am – 4pm

The Arbor Day Festival is a celebration of trees and nature. Expect a fun-filled day with hands-on learning opportunities for families including crafts, displays and tree climbing.