- $27 for one Hickory Household Membership for all adults and children residing in the same household ($50 value)
The Hickory membership includes all the benefits below for everyone living in the same household:
- Quarterly Nutshell newsletter
- 15% discount on gift-shop and plant purchases
- Discounted programming and free Daweswood House Museum tours
- Free catch-and-release fishing at Dawes Lake
- Coupon for a complimentary one-year subscription to Ohio Magazine, if redeemed by 5/1/16.
- Discounts with select retailers and more than 250 partner gardens in North America. Click here for more information.
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.