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Here is a list of The Arboretum’s annual special events – some of the most popular, highly visited and exciting times of the year!


Ohio Sustainable Landscapes Symposium

Planning for the Future: Changing Landscapes of The Ohio River Valley
Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Dawes Arboretum presents the 7th annual symposium! Featured speaker Chris Bedel, Preserve System Director for the Edge of Appalachia will discuss saving species through habitat preservation. Expert-led tours of The Arboretum will allow a close-up of The Arboretum’s restoration and conservation efforts. The event also offers sessions on invasive plant identification, alternatives to invasive plants in the  landscape, habitat restoration in home landscapes and more! This is one event you don’t want to miss. Optional field trips to Spring Valley Nature Preserve and Blackhand Gorge will be offered on Friday, August 3 for an additional fee. Thank you to our event sponsor Davey Tree!

Don’t miss the 7th Annual Ohio Sustainable Landscapes Symposium!
Planning for the Future: Changing Landscapes of the Ohio River Valley
August 4  |  8:30am – 4:30pm
$49/members  |  $64/non-members  |  $20/students
This symposium will help participants create backyards and habitats that are adaptable to changes in the Ohio River Valley.  Featured speaker Chris Bedel, Preserve System Director, Edge of Appalachia Preserve, will discuss saving species through habitat preservation, and Dan Herms, Vice President of Research and Development, Davey Tree, will share information about our climate and the future of landscapes.  The event offers sessions on invasive plant identification, alternatives to invasive plants, habitat restoration and more along with expert-led tours of The Arboretum.  See the full agenda below.
8:15 – 8:45   Welcome, Registration and Refreshments
8:45 – 9:00   Opening Remarks
9:00 – 9:45   Edge of Appalachia: Saving Species through Habitat Preservation | Chris Bedel, Preserve System Director, The Edge of Appalachia Preserve
10:00 – 10:45   Wild Seed Collection: Conserving Biodiversity One Seed at a Time | Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation, The Dawes Arboretum
11:00 – 11:45   Climate Impact on Horticulture:  Future of Landscapes | Dan Herms, Vice President of Research and Development, Davey Tree
12:00 – 1:00   Lunch and Plant Sale
1:15 – 2:15   Arboretum Tours
The Wild Things: Birds, Bees and Butterflies that Love your Backyard | Kris Davis, Ecosystem Manager, and Hunter Ardrey, Landscape Technician, The Dawes Arboretum
Adventures in the Arboretum Collections: Tree Evaluations | Greg Payton, Interim Director of Horticulture, The Dawes Arboretum
Native Plant Restoration at the Red Barn Reserve  | Carrie Brown, Conservation Project Manager, and Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation, The Dawes Arboretum
2:30 – 3:00   Hiding in Plain Sight: Invasive Plant Identification | David Brandenburg, Botanist, The Dawes Arboretum
3:00 – 3:30   Plant This, Not That: Alternatives to Invasive Plants in the Landscape | Peter Lowe, Director of Landscape Operations, The Dawes Arboretum
3:30 – 4:00   Native Plant Propagation: Ideas for Habitat Restoration and Home Landscapes | Carrie Brown, Conservation Project Manager, The Dawes Arboretum, and Sigrid Neilsen, botanical artist and nature educator
4:00 – 4:15   Bringing it Home:  More Learning Opportunities at The Dawes Arboretum
4:15 – 4:30   Conclusion and Door Prizes


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Fall Festival and Plant Sale

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Check back later for more details.




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.

Guided tours of the Maple Syrup Trail will be offered at noon1pm and 2pm on February 24February 25March 3 and March 4. The guided tours are FREE for members and $2 for non-members.  At the end of the guided  tour, guests will have a chance to stop inside the Log Cabin where docents will greet you with a warm fire and a taste of syrup as you witness the evaporator at work.

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
11am – 3pm
Free Admission

The Dawes Arboretum Arbor Day Festival is a fun and educational day for everyone and admission is free. 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. Participants won’t want to miss presentations featuring animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at noon and 1pm.  Purchase lunch from a food truck and plan to stay awhile to enjoy all this celebration has to offer.

Arboretum staff and many of its community and conservation partners host interactive displays offering crafts and activities throughout the day. Musical Mark will be performing at 11:30 am and 2pm. Join a Daweswood House Museum Tour at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm or 2:30pm. Arboretum Plant Records/GIS Manager Greg Payton will be offering tours of notable and unusual plants in the north loop at 12pm and 1:30pm. The first 500 families in attendance receive a free tree to take home and plant in honor of Arbor Day.

This event is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor Park National Bank, media sponsor Ohio Magazine, children’s program sponsor Bartlett Tree Experts and The Arboretum’s many volunteers and partner organizations.




Spring Plant Sale and Garden Fair

Saturday, May 19, 2018
9am – 2pm
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.