Expansion of the Zand Education Center at Dawes Arboretum

Dawes Arboretum 

Site Planning, Landscape Architecture

Location: Heath, OH

The Dawes Arboretum was looking to expand their education programs at the existing Zand Education Center. PLANIT was commissioned to prepare a master plan for the Zand area, and ultimately design an expansion that would more than double their current capacities. The nearby pond and existing topography offered opportunities to accommodate fantastic views to the historic Dawes Home and to the prairies to the north. The spaces include a large patio area and gardens that help make this space a perfect social venue for public and private events, display space for specimen eco-types, display space for individual species, hands on planter boxes for education classes, maintenance and storage spaces, pond side dock and mini-amphitheater, and additional covered space for rain days.