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Arnold Arboretum

Collections Up Close

These free events offer great ways to explore plants at the Arnold Arboretum. Take a guided tour, participate in fun science and craft activities for kids, look through a microscope, and chat with knowledgeable staff and volunteers. We will highlight different special collections each spring and fall. Free; no registration needed.

2014 Events

Magnolia stellata-'Centennial'

Majestic Magnolias

Saturday, April 12, 1:00–3:00pm

Magnolias are among the most ancient of flowering plant families, and many species are early bloomers at the Arboretum. Join us on the Hunnewell Building lawn to enjoy their flowers and learn about their primitive reproductive biology. Full event details [pdf] »


Beguiling Birches

Saturday, May 31, 1:00–3:00pm
Take a tour and enjoy family activities that highlight the Arboretum’s birch collection, located on base of Bussey Hill. Full event details [pdf] »


Past Events

Oh Nuts!

juglans nigra

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hickories, oaks, and walnuts—oh nuts! Look on the ground and look up above; in fall the Arboretum is a great place to see a diverse variety of both familiar and odd nuts. Come learn what a nut really is, go on a nut hunt, look closely at a variety of nuts and non-nuts, or take a guided tour to understand the conservation, ethnobotanical, and horticultural value of our nut trees. See details and a map of the event location [pdf].


Rhododendron Dell

Rhodo Dell

Sunday, June 2, 2012

Stroll through Rhododendron Dell at the foot of Hemlock Hill and enjoy the diverse display of rhododendrons in bloom. Guided tours for adults and a haiku hike for families, kids art and science activities, photography lessons (bring your camera!), and more. See the full schedule [pdf].

Lilac Sunday


Sunday, May 12, 2012

This beloved Boston tradition celebrates the lilacs as well as many other special collections at their peak at this lovely time of year. more » 

Magnificent Maples

magnificent maples

Sunday, April 21, 2012

Explore our world-class maple collection as flowers bloom and new leaves unfurl. Look for maple blossoms and bright new leaves—tiny, delightful signs of spring. Guided tours, kids science activities, photography lessons (bring your camera!), and more. See the full schedule.

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