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The Arboretum offers a variety of garden ceremony sites. Our Guest Services staff will help ensure your dreams for this special day come true!

Wedding Ceremonies

The Dawes Arboretum offers wedding ceremony packages in two of our most amazing gardens.

Japanese Garden – The Arboretum’s premiere garden offers guests a serene and beautiful view. Ceremonies are held on the island with the guests standing around the water’s edge. To preserve the serenity of the Japanese garden, only a dozen chairs are permitted.

Bertie’s Garden – Enjoy our charming historical flower garden inspired by the diaries of our co-founder Bertie Dawes. Walk down the aisle of our striking manicured lawn surrounded by beautiful floral display beds on both sides. Reach the stone circle path and exchange vows overlooking the pond.

Each site can accommodate up to 100 guests. All ceremonies include chairs, dressing space one hour prior to ceremony, the garden space one hour before and one hour after the aisle walk, one-hour rehearsal the night before and set-up and tear down of white folding chairs. A Buckeye level membership is included with all ceremonies celebrated at The Arboretum. Members at Buckeye Level or higher receive a discount on room rentals. Please call 740-323-1243 to receive your benefit. Weddings are offered on Saturdays, June through mid-October. A contract must be completed and a deposit received to secure your date.

Contact our Guest Services staff at specialevents@dawesarb.org or 740.323.2355 with questions or to reserve a date.

Please click the following link to receive more details on planning your wedding at The Arboretum: Wedding Ceremony Inquiry Form


Contact Us

Phone: 800.44.DAWES
Fax: 740.323.4058
E-mail: information@dawesarb.org
Mailing address:
7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE
Newark, OH 43056

Hours & Admission

Arboretum Hours:

Open at 7am
Auto Tour closes for entry at 4:30pm. Grounds close at 5pm.
Open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 8am to 2pm.
Closed New Year’s, Thanksgiving & Christmas days.

Admission is free

Visitors Center Hours:

Monday – Saturday
8am – 5pm
Sundays and holidays
12pm – 5pm