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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!


Bertie’s Tea

Thursday, September 15, 2016Bertie's Tea 2015
2pm – 4pm
Visitors Center

Bertie’s Tea is a celebration of Arboretum co-founder Bertie Dawes’ avid interest in gardening and nature.  Featured speaker Mitch Lynd, of Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, will discuss apple varieties including those found Bertie Dawes’ personal apple orchard.  Petali Tea will be served along with tea sandwiches and desserts. This is a great opportunity to share in Bertie’s interests and make new friends.  An optional tour of the site of Bertie’s orchard, now the Living Legacy Apple orchard, will complete the day.

Registration for the tea opens on August 1.  A complimentary one-year Sugar Maple membership to The Arboretum is included with the non-member registration fee.

Fall Festival and Plant Sale

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.