Program Highlights

Growing Plants from Seeds

Saturday, April 11, 9:00am–1:00pm, Dana Greenhouse Classroom

There’s nothing more satisfying to a gardener than growing plants from seeds. From annuals and perennials to trees and shrubs, success can be achieved if you understand what triggers germination. Expert propagator Jack Alexander will share techniques for starting various types of plants from seeds. This workshop is for beginners and those who have been frustrated in past attempts to transform seed to seedling. Students will leave class with a selection of seeds raring to grow. Aftercare will be necessary.

Fee $50 member, $65 nonmember Register »

Spring into Health

Saturday, April 11, 10:30am-noon, Hunnewell Building

Break out of winter dormancy and get that sap flowing! Explore the less-traveled paths of the Arboretum on a brisk walk designed for getting fit with Arboretum Docent Rhoda Kubrick. Pause to hear about interesting plants while you catch your breath. Please dress appropriately and bring water. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, but registration requested. Register »

Landscape Tours

Our tour season begins on April 13View  tour  dates and times and visit often.

Upcoming Events

Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing

Wednesday, April 8, 7:00–8:30pm, Hunnewell Building

Eye-of-the-Beholder“See for yourself!” was the clarion call of the 1600s. Scientists peered at nature through microscopes and telescopes, making the discoveries in astronomy, physics, chemistry, and anatomy that ignited the Scientific Revolution. Artists investigated nature with lenses, mirrors, and camera obscuras, creating extraordinarily detailed paintings of flowers and insects, and scenes filled with realistic effects of light, shadow, and color. By extending the reach of sight the new optical instruments prompted the realization that there is more than meets the eye. But they also raised questions about how we see and what it means to see. In answering these questions, scientists and artists in Delft changed how we perceive the world. Author of The Philosophical Breakfast Club, a Scientific American Notable Book, Laura Snyder, PhD returns to the Arboretum to share her latest book, Eye of the Beholder, in which she pairs painter with natural philosopher to explain the revelatory ways of seeing in the 17th century.

Fee $5 member, $10 nonmember Register
Students: Email to register for free.


Environmental LawlessnessRichard Lazarus

Monday, April 20, 7:00–8:30pm, Hunnewell Building

What happens when laws and regulations don’t keep pace with changes in technology, science, and society? The answer, according to Harvard Law School Professor Richard Lazarus, is lawlessness. Come learn some of the history and circumstances behind the country’s current but outdated environmental laws, how the original scope and intentions of these laws may no longer match the scope of the problems we face today, and the lawmaking challenges we now face as we seek to address the mounting environmental risks posed by deep-water drilling, natural gas fracking, and climate change. Professor Lazarus, who teaches environmental law, natural resources law, Supreme Court advocacy, and torts at Harvard Law School, was the principal author of Deep Water – The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling (GPO 2011), the Report to the President of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission. He will speak of lessons learned from this environmental disaster and how new regulations in line with current technologies are needed to better protect the environment as we tap our natural resources.

Free. Seating is limited. Register

Lilac Sunday

2015 Lilac Sunday LogoLook forward to Lilac Sunday as the landscape awakens from its winter slumber. Our annual event will take place on Sunday, May 10, 2015 with activities from 10am to 3pm and the New England Food Trucks Festival from 11am to 3pm. See details.