Collections Up Close

These free events offer great ways to explore plants at the Arnold Arboretum. Take a guided tour of one collection of plants within the same botanical family and chat with knowledgeable staff and volunteers about interesting aspects of the species within the collection. We will highlight different plant collections each spring and fall. Free; no registration needed.

Collections Up Close: The Explorers Garden

A glimpse of the Explorers Garden.

Explorers Garden
Sunday, October 16, 1:00–3:00pm

Discover the amazing plant diversity and delve into the unique history of the Explorers Garden. This nearly three-acre site rests in a microclimate just below the summit of Bussey Hill and has proven to be a perfect testing ground for plants collected during expeditions as well as rare and or marginally hardy plants.

Join Arboretum staff and learn about some of the amazing specimens, including two of the largest Franklin trees (Franklinia alatamaha) in the world, the original North American introduction of paperbark maple (Acer griseum), and cedars of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) wild-collected from the Taurus Mountains in 1900. Family activities are planned for the afternoon as well.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, no registration required