Bringing Birds to the Table

By Holly Latteman, Conservation Project Manager Thanksgiving is a holiday filled to the brim with great food and company, but what about our feathered friends? While we are filling our bellies with cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, consider placing a bird feeder in your yard. A variety of different bird feeders are on the market […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

Name that Plant: ID Instructions Revealed

|  By David Brandenburg, Ph.D  |  Read about some common scenarios and questions we hear about plant and wildflower identification: You’re hiking along a trail and spot a wildflower that you do not recognize, or you are cleaning up a home garden bed and encounter an unfamiliar weed—how can you find out what these plants […]

Why Plant in Fall? Find out Now!

Fall Plant Sale! Fall Plant Sale! Read all about it!   |  by Megan Fleischer, Display Gardens Manager It’s the time of year that I look forward to most—where a perfect day consists of cool, crisp morning air that slowly warms as the day ages.  Jacket weather.  Football.  Tailgating.  Pumpkin-flavored everything.  It’s fall!  We made […]

Megan’s Secrets from the Garden

by Megan Fleischer, Display Gardens Manager  | We are half-way through the year and many thoughts are running through my mind as we approach summer. With every passing rain storm I wonder if it’s the last one we’ll see for a while. Will I spend most of the summer hand watering plants? Will we have […]

Plant Sale Sneak Peek!

by Mike Ecker, Director of Horticulture  |   Plant Sale & Garden Fair will soon be here and Arboretum staff are already prepping and planning for the sale happening May 17.  Each year we continue to update and improve our offerings and it always seems to end successfully… more, I suspect, from dedicated buyers and […]

A Few Thoughts Concerning North American Azaleas

by Rich Larson, Nursery Manager North American azaleas number over 15 species, 14 of which grow natively in eastern North America.  As a group, they are highly variable in their habit, timing of their flowers, ecology, and genetics.  Sweet azalea (Rhododendron arborescens [pictured: right]) for example,  may grow to only 3’ or less at high […]