For thousands of years, humans have studied trees to learn how they too can provide suitable housing for squirrels and grow lemons from their fingertips. Branch out with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for one individual membership (a $30 value)
- $25 for one household membership, which covers all adults and children residing in the same household (a $50 value)<p>
Each membership includes:
- The bimonthly Nutshell newsletter
- The annual Daweswood journal
- 15% discount on gift-shop and plant purchases
- Discounted programming
- Free Daweswood House Museum tours
- Free catch-and-release fishing at Dawes Lake
- Discount at select retailers
- Reciprocal benefits at more than 250 gardens in North America<p>
The Dawes Arboretum
Since nature lovers Beman and Bertie Dawes founded The Dawes Arboretum on their property in Licking County, Ohio, in 1929, the nonprofit has grown to encompass more than 1,800 acres. Of the arboretum’s more than 16,000 labeled trees and shrubs, many are representative of types native to central Ohio, such as the 17 Ohio buckeyes—the state’s official tree—planted to form the number 17. Elsewhere, more than 100 bonsai trees adorn the courtyard by the visitors’ center, and bridges and boardwalks link the 14-acre Conifer Glen. In the swamp, cypress trees shield their pointed knees with rough bark or modest root-length skirts.
Along with plants, the grounds entice explorers with more than12 miles of hiking trails, a four-mile auto tour, and a Japanese garden. 19th and 20th century antiques and memorabilia adorn the Daweswood House Museum, and the Discovery Center enthralls youngsters with bird watching, crafts, and fun facts about honeybees, frogs, and their upcoming showdown in the playoffs of the forest’s kickball league.
The Dawes Arboretum
Like a museum of living landscape paintings, The Dawes Arboretum combines the delicate beauties of a Japanese garden, a cypress swamp, and an azalea glen, creating a colorful haven of native plants. But this 1,800-acre wonderland wasn’t always so expansive. In 1929, when nature lovers Beman and Bertie Dawes first transformed their woodland property into an arboretum, it was just a 293-acre swath of Licking County. This stretch, with its rolling hills and mature trees, was so calm that it drew visitors from across the state and instilled a love of nature in the Dawes’ children.
Today, many of the arboretum’s more than 16,000 labeled trees and shrubs are representative of types native to central Ohio, such as the 17 Ohio buckeyes planted to form the number 17. Elsewhere, guests can appreciate a newly-renovated Japanese garden. Along with plants, the grounds entice explorers with more than 12 miles of hiking trails and a 4-mile auto tour. Antiques and memorabilia from the 19th and 20th centuries adorn the Daweswood House Museum, and the Discovery Center enthralls youngsters with bird watching, crafts, and fun facts about honeybees and frogs.