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The Dawes Arboretum

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A Brief History of the Arboretum

The Dawes Arboretum was started in 1929. It was started by Beman Dawes who lived in Marietta when he was young. His father ran a lumber company, and he wanted to do something with trees. He bought 140 acres of the old Brumback farm so that people could visit it for free and see how they grow.

The Dawes family renamed their farm “Daweswood” and the old brick farmhouse became their country home. Now Beman and Bertie’s four sons and daughter loved nature, too. Daweswood was both a retreat for the family in Columbus, as well as a place to pursue their horticultural interests. They planted trees at Daweswood, trying to get them from all over the world that could survive in central Ohio. Beman’s aim was to inspire people to plant trees. He planted trees at Daweswood. He wanted to get trees from all around the world. The first tree was planted in 1917 and it was a maple tree.

The Dawes Arboretum is a place with many different types of plants. They started the arboretum as a private foundation, which means that they wanted people to come and enjoy it.

Funds from the arboretum are for helping to continue running the place.

What is there to do at Dawes Arboretum?

The Dawes Arboretum is one of Newark Ohio’s many hidden gems. It has a lot of beautiful trees and plants from around the world. The founders loved trees and nature, so they wanted to have an arboretum for others to enjoy too. The staff at the arboretum wants to do research in horticulture, which is about plants and flowers, so come visit their nearly 2,000 acre facility. The Dawes Arboretum is a place where you can learn about trees and nature. Lots to explore, or you can take part in an activity. You might even go to the gardens.

Hours and Costs

Admission to the arboretum is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-15 years old. Children younger than 5 will be admitted free of charge. Arboretum members receive free admission. 


Monday          9AM–7PM

Tuesday         9AM–7PM

Wednesday    9AM–7PM

Thursday        9AM–7PM

Friday             9AM–7PM

Saturday         9AM–7PM

Sunday           9AM–7PM

Why should you visit Dawes Arboretum?

If you’re a lover of nature surrounded by trees and plants, then this is a must-see place you shouldn’t miss. The Dawes Arboretum is a place with many living plants, trees, shrubs and flowers. It also has a museum and other buildings on the grounds. Visitors can walk through the Japanese Garden or walk through one of the northernmost native bald-cypress swamps in North America.

How do you get there in Dawes Arboretum?

Address: 7770 Jacksontown Rd, Newark, OH 43056

14 min (8.2 miles)

If you are driving in your car, take the road OH-13 N. Continue on  road OH-13 N then take Irving Wick Dr E to Keller Dr in Heath. Continue on Keller Dr to Newark. Turn right onto W Main St. Continue on Tamarack Rd to your destination and turn right onto Tamarack Rd. then Turn right and turn left at the destination for Tamarack Rd. The Destination will be on the right.



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