Entrance Improvement Update

The Arboretum’s main entrance is currently closed for an improvement project. Visit here to learn more. The grounds are accessible from Davis Drive, and The Arboretum will maintain regular hours during the project. Please follow the signs guiding visitors to the temporary entrance. We are well into phase two of the project and, weather permitting, we […]

Be Still my Heart…

By Mike Ecker, Director of Living Collections It’s a balmy, sunny spring morning. All that separates me from a wealth of sumptuous trees and shrubs is a flimsy ribbon that’s not to come down until the opening of The Dawes Arboretum’s Spring Plant Sale.  Ah, it’s time! My eyes dart from side to side, not […]

Arbor Day Festival at The Dawes Arboretum

By Mari Ann Moore, Marketing Associate   Trees are celebrated every day at The Dawes Arboretum, but the Arbor Day Festival is a special event. The Arboretum is the perfect place to enjoy trees, nature and everything that the Arbor Day Festival offers. The Dawes Arboretum is kicking off this year’s festival by giving the […]

Winter Appeal, Looks to Taste

This post was previously published on our blog on January 27, 2016. By 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 […]

Feeding Birds in Your Backyard

by Kris Davis, Ecosystem Manager   Are you planning on setting up a bird feeding station this winter?  There are several factors that go into successfully feeding backyard birds including feeder type, seed and feeder placement.   Feeders House style or “Hopper” feeders will attract a wide variety of feeder birds and are well protected […]

The Big Give: Donate to The Arboretum!

By Mari Ann Loucks, Marketing Associate   The Big Give, one of our biggest donation events of the year, is almost here! The Big Give is a 26-hour online giving event through The Columbus Foundation to support local nonprofits, including The Dawes Arboretum. The event begins Tuesday, October 10 at 10am and runs through Wednesday, […]

Home School Programs and Scouting Outings

By Mari Ann Loucks, Marketing Associate  Did you know we have programs specifically for home school students, as well as programs for Girls Scouts, Cub Scouts and American Heritage Girls? Families travel from all over Central Ohio to attend our classes while exploring the diversity of the natural world. We would love for you to […]

Summer Camp Fun at The Dawes Arboretum

By Kristie Hammond, Education Associate “I made a new friend.” –Incredible Edible Plants Camper “I love Dawes and I’m excited to come back!”- Little Naturalist Camper “I had lots of fun!” –Budding Artist Camper   These are just a few of the many reactions to camp Dawes this summer. Over seven weeks, The Dawes Arboretum […]

#GivingTuesday at The Arboretum

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. November 29, 2016 Following a day for giving thanks and days for getting deals, we now have #GivingTuesday — a day for giving back. As you check off your gift giving list, add another recipient … The Dawes Arboretum! There are many ways to share your abundance with The Arboretum: Become […]

A Tradition of Education at The Arboretum

Alexandra Sotkovsky, Marketing Associate Education has always been a focus of the Dawes family. In 1929, our founders Beman and Bertie Dawes enacted the Deed of Trust declaring The Arboretum as a place “…to give pleasure to the public and education to the youth.” The earliest center of education on Arboretum grounds was the Brumback […]