“Nearly 8 Miles of Hiking!”
Founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, The Arboretum now covers nearly 1,800 acres and includes eight miles of hiking trails and a four-mile Auto Tour. It features more than 15,000 living plants, a Japanese Garden, as well as Deep Woods or Dutch Fork Wetlands. It also has an Observation Tower for an amazing view. By the time The Dawes Arboretum was founded in 1929, over 50,000 trees had been planted and the grounds had doubled in size to 293 acres. Beman and Bertie Dawes created The Arboretum as a private foundation: “To encourage the planting of forest and ornamental trees … to give pleasure to the public and education to the youth.” Today, The Dawes Arboretum displays nearly 5,000 different types of woody plants. Active records are kept on more than 30,000 individual plants. To ensure the continuation of The Arboretum, Beman and Bertie Dawes established an endowment fund. Today, the endowment continues to be the major source of funds for The Dawes Arboretum that has grown from 293 acres in 1929 to over 1,800 acres.
Excellent place to visit. Totally free and a great way to get out and see some of the finest gardens and trees in the country!
Went today (5/23/2022) and it was $10 per adult. A previous reviewer in 2014 said it was totally free, so I wanted to point out that has changed since then. An annual membership is $40 for 2 adults, or a $60 for a family up to 6. It was worth the price to us. It is dog friendly, as long as they are on a leash. The flowers were in bloom, and there were lots of earthy smells. One of our favorite areas is the Cyprus wooded walkway in the marsh/pond. We saw a big bullfrog there. In the warmer months they have salamanders. We saw 2 rabbits, squirrels, and lots of different birds (red winged black birds, bluejays, cardinals, robins, yellow birds, and more.) We also liked the giant bird sculptures, but were only able to find 4 of the 5. We missed seeing the Crane. Our favorites were the Bluebird at the entrance and the Owl that sits up on the hill. There is also a Cardinal and a Peacock. Last year they had giant frog scultpures scattered throughout the arboretum. There's a pretty Japanese Garden. There's also another lake where we saw 3 sets of Canadian Geese w/their gosslings. We also saw mallard ducks there. Another nice feature is the viewing tower over the world's largest hedges that spells out the name of the company. Although there were many walkers and joggers, it is drivable and very handicap/elderly friendly. My 72 yr. old retired father w/a bad hip and knee enjoyed this place
Beautiful! Great photo opportunities and kids love it!
Beautiful place with lots to see and events year round. Even got married here in 2013.
I love Dawes, but my last visit was incredibly disappointing. A lot of the trails and paths are closed due to maintenance, which means you won't be able to see the log cabin or Japanese Garden, and one of my favorite trees was chopped down. Still, I cherish Dawes enough to give it a decent review.
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