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The two RV Gypsies at The Dawes Arboretum
Newark, Ohio (Licking County)
July 18, 2020

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historyThe Dawes Arboretum is a nonprofit arboretum located in Newark, Ohio. It includes nearly 2,000 acres of plant collections, gardens and natural areas. The site includes approximately 12 miles of hiking trails and roadways for a four-mile driving tour. It is closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Dawes Arboretum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.

The Dawes Arboretum's features more than 15,000 living trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants, as well as the Daweswood House Museum, which features Dawes family memorabilia and antiques.

The grounds include a number of gardens and natural areas. The Japanese Garden, designed by landscape architect Dr. Makoto Nakamura in 1963, includes a reflecting pond and meditation area.

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The Dawes Arboretum sign sign about the Dawes Arboretum

Below: A few photos of the temporary display of Wind Sculptures

Wind sculptures information

Below: The Weeping Willow - 9'8 x 3'6 - Stainless Steel

The Weeping Willow wind sculptures

Elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire


wind sculpture elements Earth Air Water Fire Lotus wind sculpture

Below: A Double Spinner made of Stainless Steel

Double Spinner wind sculpture
Dawes Arboretum map National Register of Historic Places plaque

In the opinion of the two RV Gypsies, The Dawes Arboretum is quite large, but not overly impressive. However, it did make for a nice afternoon. Trails were easy walking, paved trails. There were lots of picnic tables and trees, but not many flowers. On this date it cost $10 a person. There was also a cemetery on the grounds.

Themed Gardens sign at Dawes Arboretum Dawes Arboretum flowers
Dakota Sunspot flower sign flower and bee
Analemmatic Sundial sign
big Analemmatic Sundial

Below: A bush (shaped like an animal) that Karen Duquette liked and a very unique-shaped tree that Lee liked.

bush shaped like an animal weird tree shape
windmill at Dawes Arboretum sprinkler at Dawes Arboretum

Below: The two RV Gypsies cooled down under a sprinkler - (oops, no pictures of Karen). She asked Lee Duquette to take a photo, but he did not.

Lee Duquette getting sprinkled flowers at Dawes Arboretum
Cocktail Garden at Dawes Arboretum Watermelon Garden at Dawes Arboretum
Lee Duquette by the Dawes Arboretum pond pond

Below: A 3-level tower with 4 sets of stairs (10 steps to each set plus a resting step) to view the world's largest hedge lettering (shown below the tower). Unfortunately, the two RV Gypsies were unable to actually read what it was spelling. But they think it was spelling The Dawes Arboretum. Lee Duquette did not want to climb up the stairs, so Karen Duquette decided the view would not be worth it anyway.

tower at Dawes Arboretum
world's largest hedge lettering sign
world's largest hedge lettering

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