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Special Events

Here 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 Days

February 24-25, 2018 and March 3-4, 2018
photo of tapped maple trees
Free Admission

Learn the history and process of maple sugaring as you meander down the paved trail toward The Arboretum’s Log Cabin. Inside, docents greet you with a warm fire and a taste of syrup as you witness the evaporator at work. Guided tours of the Maple Syrup Trail will be offered at noon, 1pm and 2pm on February 24, February 25, March 3 and March 4. The guided tours are FREE for members and $2 for non-members. Private, group tours can be scheduled February 26- March 2. Contact education@dawesarb.org or 740.323.2355 for pricing and availability.



Arbor Day Festival

April 28, 2018
Free Admission

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

Children can get an amazing, new perspective on trees by participating in supervised tree climbing.

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



Spring Plant Sale and Garden Fair

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Free Admission

The Dawes Arboretum is holding its spring Plant Sale and Garden Fair on Sat., May 19.  The sale features many woody plants grown by the Arboretum.  Shoppers will also be able to choose from a variety of perennials as well as herbs and vegetables.  Every year the Plant Sale features a few plants that people are unlikely to find anywhere but our sale.  Arboretum experts will be available to answer questions about plant care and help you select plants that fit your landscape.  Vendors will also offer a selection of garden products.


Ohio Sustainable Landscapes Symposium

Saturday, August 25, 2017

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Fall Festival and Plant Sale


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