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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!


Maple Syrup DaysMaple Syrup Taps

Saturday, February 25 through Sunday, March 12th
10am – 4pm
Free Admission

Watch as sap is boiled down to sweet-tasting syrup right before your eyes!  It takes 40 gallons of sap, and a lot of time, to create one gallon of syrup. Witness this process and enjoy a tasty sample. During Maple Syrup Days, the Log Cabin is open DAILY from 10am to 4pm. FREE GUIDED TOURS are offered on Saturdays at 2 pm.  Call 740.323.2355 to set up a group tour!

Arbor Day Festivalarbor day (low res)

Saturday, April 29
10am – 3pm
Free Admission

The Dawes Arboretum Arbor Day Festival, presented by Park National Bank, is a celebration of trees and nature.  Visitors can expect a fun day filled with family-focused learning opportunities including tree climbing, crafts and displays.

Children can get an amazing, new perspective on trees by participating in supervised tree climbing from 11am to 3pm.  Festival goers won’t want to miss presentations featuring animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at noon and 1pm.

Arboretum staff and many of its community and conservation partners will host interactive displays offering crafts and activities throughout the day.  Food trucks will be selling delicious offerings for festival attendees.  The Arboretum is also holding a plant sale during the festival.  Shoppers will be able to purchase a variety of healthy nursery plants, mostly grown by The Arboretum.  The first 300 families in attendance will receive a free tree to take home and plant in honor of Arbor Day.

This event is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor Park National Bank, media sponsor Ohio Magazine and The Arboretum’s many volunteers and partner organizations.

Spring Plant Sale and Garden Fair

Saturday, May 20
9 am – 2 pm
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Enhance your landscape with unique plants cultivated by our horticulture experts! Our annual 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.

Fall Festival and Plant Sale

Saturday, October 21
11 am – 3 pm
Free Admission

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.