The Bexley Arboretum

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2015 Tree Replcaement Program Bid Document

April 27, 2018 - Arbor Day Activities in Bexley!

We have a full schedule for arbor day this year, especially if you like maple syrup!  Whether you're interested in an educational workshop, a tree walk, some good labor with a tree planting, or just in tasting our 2018 urban forest maple syrup, we've got something for you!

Schedule of Events:
7:00 am+:
 Bexley Maple Syrup buscuits at Kittie's Cafe
8:30 am: Arboretum Breakfast with Mayor Kessler at City Hall - Hosted by the Bexley Chamber of Commerce
11:00 am+: Purchase 8 oz. bottles of Bexley Maple Syrup at Urban Emporium (limited supply!)
3:20 pm: Tree Walk and Tree Planting at Commonwealth Park - Meet at Maryland Elementary front yard!
5:00 pm+: Bexley Maple Syrup Cocktail Hour at Giuseppe's Ritrovo 
All Day: Enjoy a self-guided arboretum walk.  Visit for our online map! 

Sawmill Workshop. 

The city will be hosting a sawmill workshop on Saturday October 25 at Jeffrey Mansion. Find out how relatively easy it is, to set-up a portable sawmill, then be ready to start milling in 30 to 40 minutes, urban or rural – its do-able!

Ohio Tree Climbing Championship.

The city will be hosting the 2014 Ohio Tree Climbing Championship on Saturday December 13 (dawn) at Jeffrey Mansion. Contestants will compete in five preliminary events to qualify as one of the top contestants to earn the right to advance to the championship round – the Masters’ Challenge. The preliminary events include Secured Footlock, Belayed Speed Climb, Aerial Rescue, Work Climb and Throwline. The first place winners for both the men's and women's divisions will each receive the 2014 ArborMaster Climbing Prize Package and represent the Ohio Chapter at International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) in Tampa, Florida in March 2015.  To represent the Ohio Chapter at the ITCC, the first place winners must have completed three (3) of the five (5) preliminary events within the maximum allotted time and advanced to the championship round.

American Electric Power crews to begin routine circuit trimming in south Bexley. 

American Electric Power (AEP) crews will begin routine circuit trimming in south Bexley within the next few weeks.  A representative from AEP will walk the circuit with the city's forester prior to any work occurring to ensure that proper arboriculture practices are followed if and when a tree needs trimmed or removed.  If you have any further questions regarding this project please contact AEP's Ohio Customer Operations at via phone (800-672-2231) or email (

Tell us about your favorite tree and help us locate landmark trees in Bexley!

In March of 2013, the City of Bexley was accredited as an arboretum by the Morton Register of Arboreta, making it the first City in the United States to successfully obtain arboretum accreditation.  For nearly 25 years the City of Bexley has been a participant in the Tree City USA program, carefully compiling a catalogue of the over 14,000 trees that are managed by the Bexley City forester within the City's right-of-ways and public parks.  

Next steps for the City will include developing a more formalized educational component to the Bexley Arboretum and continuing to curate the City's extensive collection of over 100 unique tree species.

Read the April, 2013 press release announcing Bexley's accreditation as an arboretum.

The Bexley Arboretum in the News:
"Bexley Earns Arboretum Designation" (Columbus Dispatch, March 21, 2013)
"Bexley Could be First U.S. City to be Declared Arboretum" (Columbus Dispatch, March 13, 2013)

Bexley Arboretum FAQ:

How many trees are catalogued in the Bexley Arboretum?
The City maintains a catalogue of over 14,000 trees within the City right-of-way.  This does not include trees in City parks, which have not been catlaogued.

How many species of tree are there in the Bexley Arboretum?
Currently, 131 unique species of tree are catalogued.

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