What to Do at The Dawes Arboretum in Winter

Are you looking for a safe family activity, a fun date or just a peaceful day to rest and relax this winter? We recommend visiting us at The Dawes Arboretum! The winter season at The Arboretum is full of wonder and excitement – view beloved summer locations and witness them in the stillness and serene […]

Reforestation at The Dawes Arboretum

By Jessie Dickson, Environmental Professional Resident As we slowly approach fall, many may be walking The Arboretum admiring the transformation from a green oasis to a palette of deep reds and orange hues with pops of yellow–the ideal location to watch summer wave goodbye. You may notice when driving by our grounds or visiting the […]

Daily Adventures at The Dawes Arboretum

By Mari Ann Moore, Marketing Associate The Dawes Arboretum spans nearly 2,000 acres, leaving plenty to do and to see on all of your visits. However, this summer there are additional opportunities to engage with The Arboretum! Join a guided walking tour daily at 10am to explore various portions of The Arboretum. These tours last […]

History Center Preview: Spring 2018

By Leslie Wagner, Historian In 1929 The Dawes Arboretum was established by Beman and Bertie Dawes, propelled by Beman’s determination to inspire others to plant trees. At the time of The Arboretum’s establishment, Ohio was depleted of trees due to a 150-year period of forest removal. Beman, a former industrialist, decided to turn his oil […]

Celebrating Fall at The Dawes Arboretum

By Mari Ann Moore, Marketing Associate Walking through the Arboretum, you are sure to hear the crunch of the autumn foliage underneath your feet. The trails are being dusted by the crisp leaves as they jump off the trees to celebrate the season. Touring the grounds, you will experience the best part of celebrating fall […]

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, […]

The Dawes Arboretum Tradition of Honoring Outstanding Horticulturists

The Dawes Arboretum has a long history of honoring prominent members of the horticulture community.  The Arboretum has dedicated trees in honor of forestry education pioneer Carl Alwin Schenck, Ph.D., researcher and professor of Horticulture at The Ohio State University Dr. Lewis C. Chadwick and even Johnny Appleseed!  Most recently, The Arboretum honored botanist and […]

Prune Oaks in Winter

By Mike Ecker, Director of Living Collections:  Goodness – it’s cold and you want to prune now?  Can’t we wait till it’s nice and warm in July or something?  Especially the oaks on Oak Hill!  You can’t get much more exposed to the elements on our grounds than on Oak Hill (Glacier Ridge on our […]

Winter Appeal, Looks to Taste

Michael Ecker, Director of Horticulture When it comes to plants possessing winter interest, some are mentioned over and over.   Nothing wrong with these commonly repeated plants, but how about some that do not come up as often?   Plants I tend to visit every winter, over and over. Take a look at the trunk of the […]

The Sweetness of Sweetgums

The Sweetness of Sweetgum Mike Ecker, Director of Horticulture The first time someone told me they had a pine crossed with a maple I was completely taken aback.  That’s not possible.  A second time a year or so later, another person described the same “hybrid.”  My answer was the same.  Another year or two…  a […]