Licking County News

Dawes Arboretum

The Dawes Arboretum is on State Route 13, five miles south of Newark and three miles north of Interstate 70, Exit 132. To register for the following programs, call 740-323-2355 or 1-800-44DAWES. For more information, visit

The Ohio Sustainable Landscape Certificate Course, a four-part program that introduces gardeners to sustainable landscape practices through lectures and hands-on activities. Registration deadline is Feb. 28. Cost is $65 for members; $80 for nonmembers.

Part 1, What Is Sustainable Landscaping? 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 1. Why a greener garden is better, a few small changes that will improve a landscape and common mistakes.

Part 2, How to Create a Sustainable Landscape, 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 15. How to observe and listen to your landscape to make educated decisions when designing a garden.

Part 3, Sustainable Plant Selections, 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 29. What native plants to incorporate into the landscape alongside non-native plants. Find native plants from local sources and create a functioning ecosystem.

Part 4, Ideal Practices for Maintaining a Sustainable Landscape. 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5. From saving money to composting to changing watering methods, learn maintenance techniques that work.