Why Prescribed Burns Benefit Native Ecosystems

This post was previously published on our blog on January 30, 2018. by Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation at The Dawes Arboretum & Ohio Certified Prescribed Fire Manager Historically, fire has been a natural feature of the landscape, helping to shape plant communities, promote diversity and favor the unique species that depend on fire […]

Celebrating Woodland Ramps this Spring

The Arboretum’s Woodland Garden is home to many native plants like pawpaws and spicebush.  In late April and early May, you may even catch a glimpse of plants including foamflower, Virginia bluebells, wild geranium, and large-flower trillium. Throughout the season, wildflowers like these blanket the area, making it a sight to see. Adding to the area’s […]

Vote to Name The Dawes Arboretum the Best in the Nation

It’s possible you have heard the exciting news by now. The Dawes Arboretum was recently nominated as one of the best botanical gardens in the nation in USA Today’s latest 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.  We are among 18 other public gardens in the running to reach the top spot and claim the title […]

A Look Back at Land Conservation Projects in 2016

2016 was a busy year for everyone at The Arboretum, including our Land Conservation staff who worked on many conservation and land improvement projects that help position us as a leading advocate for the natural world across Licking County and the central Ohio region. We recently caught up with Shana Byrd, director of land conservation, […]

Gene Conservation of Tree Species: A Focus on Collaboration

Luke Messinger, Executive Director Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation This past month, collaborators from around the globe gathered in Chicago, Illinois to help ensure conservation of the world’s trees through creative partnerships.   With a special emphasis on preserving genetic diversity, the conference hosted by the Morton Arboretum in collaboration with the United States Forest Service and […]

Fall Plant Sale

Fall Plant Sale by Megan Fleischer, Display Gardens Manager We are within reach of the time of year I look forward to most; where a perfect day consists of cool, crisp morning air that slowly warms as the day ages.  It’s time to prepare for fall!  We’ve almost made it gardeners, another summer in the books.  […]

Arbor Day – A Celebration of Trees!

Arbor Day – A Celebration of Trees Sarah Mill Director of Education I was the odd kid at an urban elementary school in Columbus who forewent relay races and tetherball to collect honey locust seed pods and dig-up rocks in the corners of the school yard.  So, it came as no surprise when, on Arbor […]

Looking Back with the Executive Director

| By Luke Messinger, Executive Director | Founded in 1929, the Dawes family helped initiate some of Ohio’s early forest research on a small farm east of Columbus and just north of the National Road. Since those early tree plantings, The Dawes Arboretum has grown to become one of North America’s leading arboreta. With our […]

Saving the American Chestnut Tree

By Peter Lowe  | A Species Threatened The American chestnut was once a prominent member of the Appalachian hardwood forest; however, in 1904 chestnut blight was introduced to North America with a devastating effect.  Chestnut blight, a fungus imported from Asia, is spread by means of spores in the air, raindrops, or animals and enters […]

Celebrate Trees at The Arbor Day Festival

by Katelyn Brehmer, Education Intern It’s spring at The Arboretum!  New blooms, fresh green grass, and fun, springtime events make this one of my favorite seasons. There is always something fun to see and do on Arboretum grounds, especially in April when one of the biggest events of the year takes place–Arbor Day! After over […]