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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!


The Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker

Dates to be announced
Included with Arboretum Admission

Visit The Dawes Arboretum to experience the kinetic art of Lyman Whitaker, starting May 1. Lyman Whitaker has been sculpting professionally since 1978, and is one of the most widely renowned kinetic artists in the world. A native of Utah, his studio is located near Zion National Park. He often takes inspiration for his designs from nature, whether hiking in Zion, Asia or Europe. In fact, designs for works such as Desert Flame and Agave were inspired by those plants. Collectors of his works include the Morris Arboretum, the Dallas Arboretum, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Kansas City Zoo and private collectors worldwide.

Be among the first Arboretum visitors to enjoy these works and learn more about their creation during an Artist Talk with Lyman Whitaker on May 2 at 10am. Learn how he uses his vast knowledge of metals and design coupled with his artistic interests and love of nature to create these unique wind sculptures.

Experience these inspirational works of art moving with the wind a beautiful, natural setting. Learn more about the sculptures here: https://www.leopoldwindsculptures.com/exhibits/the-dawes-arboretum/


StoryTrail™ Opening and Founders Day

Saturday, June 6 | 9am-3:30pm

Join The Dawes Arboretum on June 6 from 10am to 12pm as we celebrate the opening of the 2020 StoryTrail™ with a book giveaway, furry friends from the Licking County Humane Society and a visit from the Licking County Library Bookmobile! This year’s story is Mother Bruce by Robert T. Higgins. StoryTrail™ is made possible in part through support from the Young Leaders of Licking County and a continued partnership with Licking County Library.


Ohio Sustainable Landscapes Symposium

Wildflowers & Wildlife: Attracting Bees, Birds, Butterflies and Moths through Native Plant Landscapes
Saturday August 8 | 9am-3:30pm

Are you interested in learning about native plant landscaping, wild edible gardens, sustainable urban habitats and exploring the wildlife that depend on them? Then you won’t want to miss this year’s special symposium, featuring speakers from all across Ohio who will share tips on how you can turn you’re your backyard into a conservation oasis. This year’s symposium will feature well-known speaker, photographer and natural history expert, Jim McCormac who will unveil the mystery of moths and their interconnectedness with the eastern deciduous forest ecosystem. Come and learn how every landscape has an important role to play in supporting our native wildflowers and wildlife!


Bertie’s Tea

More details to come soon!


Fall Plant Sale

More details to come soon!


Winter Wonders Walk

More details to come soon!