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Celebrate Nature At The Dawes Arboretum Japanese Garden Festival

The Dawes Arboretum is hosting an epic Japanese Garden Festival on Saturday, July 29, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This delightful event promises an enchanting experience for visitors of all ages, blending education, entertainment, and cultural immersion. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply looking for a fun day out, the Japanese Garden Festival has something special in store for everyone.

Immerse yourself in tranquility as Granville Yoga leads guided meditation and Qigong sessions, offering a serene respite amidst the beauty of the Arboretum’s Japanese Garden. Treat your taste buds to a delectable culinary experience with Kona Ice and Chef Shack food trucks on-site, providing a variety of mouthwatering delights available for purchase.

As you explore the festival, Arboretum staff will share with you the captivating history of the Japanese Garden through engaging presentations—be sure to check the schedule on the day for specific timings.

The festivities don’t end there! Concurrently, the Annual Columbus Bonsai Show will be taking place in the Visitors Center, showcasing the delicate artistry of bonsai trees. These intricately designed miniature landscapes are so much more impressive in person, where you can gain a deeper appreciation for this ancient horticultural practice.

Admission to the Japanese Garden Festival and the Columbus Bonsai Show is included with your Arboretum admission. Additionally, there will be hands-on opportunities available for a fee, offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss the chance to participate in these immersive activities that allow you to connect with nature and Japanese culture on a deeper level.

For those seeking a unique post-event experience, adults ages 21 and above can indulge in the Ikebana Workshop, a workshop that combines the art of flower arranging with the delights of sake tasting. Unleash your creativity as you craft beautiful floral compositions while savoring the flavors of this traditional Japanese rice wine.

The Dawes Arboretum has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1929. The Arboretum boasts an impressive collection of over 5,300 plant species, totaling more than 15,400 plants spread across its grounds.

To ensure the longevity of this treasured institution, creators Beman and Bertie Dawes established an endowment fund. This fund has remained a significant source of support, enabling The Dawes Arboretum to grow from its original 293 acres to nearly 2,000 acres.

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Featured image via The Dawes Arboretum Facebook.