Peter Lowe is the Director of Landscape Operations at The Dawes Arboretum, a nearly 2,000 acre public garden in Newark, Ohio. He started at the Arboretum eight years ago in the Natural Resources Department and transitioned to the Horticulture Department two years later, and in 2018 he took over the direction of the Landscape Operations Department. His team is responsible for the care and development of the plant collections, grounds and display gardens covering over 400 acres. Peter graduated from The Ohio State University with a focus on Landscape Horticulture and Design, as well as, Landscape Management. While at OSU he had the opportunity to work in the OSU Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens as a student; which propelled his passion and desire to continue working in public gardens.
About the Speaker:
Museums are Becky Dungan’s passion; History her avocation; Christmas her focus. As the Director of Programming at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, she was able to immerse herself in all three. When she moved to Granville in 2013 the only real change was the locale. Here she has nurtured the decoration of period appropriate trees (WWI, 1870s, 1960s, 1950s), and offered Christmas talks on topics such as Christmas during the Civil War and Christmas at Home during WWII.
Christmas past to Christmas present explores the tumultuous and little -known events that brought us to Christmas as we know it today.