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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

April 25, 2015arbor day (low res)
10am – 4pm

It’s Arbor Day—a celebration of trees and nature presented by Park National Bank!  Expect a fun-filled day with lots of hands-on learning opportunities for families including crafts, displays and tree climbing.  A very special animal encounter by our friends at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will happen at noon and 1pm.  The Arboretum is showcasing a plant sale offering a variety of nursery plants.  The first 250 families have an opportunity to take home their own tree, to plant in honor of Arbor Day.  Presented by Park National Bank. Media sponsor is Ohio Magazine.

Plant Sale & Garden Fair

Saturday, May 16, 2015plant 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 you can’t find 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.  Wagons are available to transport your treasures. Proceeds from the sale benefit The Arboretum’s collections and grounds.

Ohio Regional Bonsai Show

Saturday, May 30, 2015
10am – 8pm

Everyone is invited to experience the beautiful art of bonsai at The Dawes Arboretum during the Ohio Regional Bonsai Show—in its 35th year!  There will be trees displayed in the Bonsai Courtyard and Firelight Room, a silent auction, vendors selling plants, bonsai supplies and art pieces on the Visitors Center Deck.  Also view everyday items of Japanese culture, loaned to The Arboretum by the Institute of Japanese Studies at The Ohio State University, as well as enjoy martial arts demonstrations.

Fall FestivalDSC_0362

Saturday, October 3, 2015
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.  Hitch a ride on a wagon to learn about fall color and encounter wild critters in a presentation by Ohio Nature Education.   Activities include crafts and interactive displays for children & adults alike.  A special craft is available to our valued members, while supplies last.  Presented by The Energy Cooperative.  Media a sponosor is Ohio Magazine.