Monday, October 1, 2012

Dawes Arboretum - The Jewel of Newark

There are a lot of great things about Newark, Ohio.  It has many small mom and pop shops, restaurants.  It is close enough to Columbus to be able to still get your dose of the city if you wish.

One of the most outstanding features of Newark, is The Dawes Arboretum.  Memberships are available to help maintain the gorgeous grounds, but it is free to visit.   I highly recommend giving a donation or buying a membership.

The visitor's center houses a section for Japanese bonsai trees, a nature library and a bird and bee viewing area.

On the grounds, you'll find the Dawes family house(Daweswood), that has special tour hours.


Close to the house, you'll find the family cemetery.  There is a mausoleum and several markers of family and close friends and employees of the Dawes family.


There are several walking paths that go through the entire arboretum as well as an auto tour.

One of the first stops on the auto tour is the Japanese Garden.  Here you will find a zen style rock garden, a pond with small island and Japanese style bridge.


There is also a meditation house.


The grounds are sectioned off into different areas and contain different types of trees and landscapes.  These include the following:  Garden Gateway, Glacier Ridge, Daweswood, Woodlands, Dawes Lake, Red Barn Area, Arboretum East, and Dutch Fork Wetlands.

This is from the Red Barn area.



From the Dawes Lake island area.



Regardless of the time of year, the Dawes Arboretum shares its beautiful landscapes with you.

Winter-time views:



Please make sure to take the time to visit this great place with your friends and family!