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Special Events

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

Arbor Day Festival

April 30, 2016arbor day (low res)
10am – 4pm

It’s Arbor Day—a celebration of trees and nature!  Expect a fun-filled day with lots of hands-on learning opportunities for families including crafts, displays and tree climbing.  The Arboretum is showcasing a plant sale offering a variety of nursery plants.  The first 250 families have an opportunity to take home their own tree, to plant in honor of Arbor Day.

Plant Sale & Garden Fair

Saturday, May 21, 2016plant sale
9am – 3pm
Visitors Center

Enhance your landscape with unique plants cultivated by our horticulture experts!  Our spring Plant Sale & Garden Fair offers the opportunity to find some rare gems not found anywhere else.  The Arboretum showcases some of our favorite woody varieties which have been researched on our own grounds. Merchants and professionals offer wares and services in all areas of gardening, landscaping and home décor.  Choose from an assortment of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables.  Our plant experts are always on hand to help you choose the best plants for your outdoor spaces.  A bonus event happening during this sale is our annual Bonsai Show.  Peruse these gorgeous specimen trees and stock up on all your bonsai supplies.   Proceeds from the sale benefit The Arboretum’s collections and grounds.

Fall FestivalDSC_0362

Saturday, October 1, 2016
10am – 4pm

What better place to honor the start of autumn than at The Dawes Arboretum?  Celebrate the harvest season with an enjoyable family event that explores homesteading techniques and seasonally appropriate gardening tips.   Activities include crafts and interactive displays for children & adults alike.