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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!

Arbor Day Festival

Presented by Park National Bank

April 30, 2016arbor day (low res)
10am – 4pm

The Arbor Day Festival is a celebration of trees and nature presented by Park National Bank.  Expect a fun-filled day with hands-on learning opportunities for families including crafts, displays and tree climbing.  The Arboretum is showcasing a plant sale offering a variety of nursery plants.  The first 300 families have an opportunity to take home their own tree, to plant in honor of Arbor Day.

Don’t miss your chance to learn about birds of prey, who use our trees for nesting and hunting, during special presentations by the Ohio Bird Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. You can also get your picture taken with the Lorax. The Arbor Day Festival is a fun and educational day for everyone. For more information click here.

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.  A bonus event happening during this sale is our annual Bonsai Show.  Peruse these gorgeous specimen trees and stock up on all your bonsai supplies.  

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.

Fall Festival

Presented by The Energy CooperativeDSC_0362
Saturday, October 1, 2016

10am – 4pm


What better place to honor the start of autumn than at The Dawes Arboretum?  Celebrate the harvest season with an enjoyable family event that explores homesteading techniques and seasonally appropriate gardening tips.   Activities include crafts and interactive displays for children & adults alike.