The Arboretum in October

Plants from around the world are beginning to display spectacular fall foliage. Throughout October, color in leaf and fruit will intrigue your eye. Download a self-guided tour, Fruits of Autumn [pdf] to see where you can find some of the many diverse fruits in the landscape. Our Tree of the Month [pdf] is Cercidiphyllum japonicum (katsura). Notice its sweet fragrance as you walk down Meadow Road near the katsura collection. You can use your smartphone to find Arboretum plants, and thousands more, in the collection! On the Arboretum’s home page click on the Explore our Collections icon.

This month, enjoy weekday tours on Mondays (except October 12) and Thursdays as well as our week-end tours. Weekday and Saturday tours begin at 10:30am. Sunday tours begin at 1:00pm. Interpreters are also in the landscape on select weekend days from 1:00-3:00pm. On October 6, sign up for From Seed to Tree our last greenhouse tour this year. Our last Family Walk is Saturday, October 10th at 11:00am. And, don’t miss our bonsai display pavilion open house each Thursday through October from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the pavilion. If you can’t make a Thursday, the pavilion will also be open on Sunday, October 18th, 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Join Nancy Rose, Arnoldia Editor, for a wonderful tour on October 18 highlighting the Arboretum’s maple collection, Maple Collection: Arboretum Fall Hotspot.

JPOS, Artists in the Arboretum, a juried show of diverse styles and media inspired by the Arboretum and its landscape, is open through October 18. It is in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall. Coming up on the week-end of October 24-25 is a special exhibition, Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner. Demonstrations on the lathe will be held and a wide range of beautiful work will be on display. Shows are free and open to the public, but call 617 384-5209 for Lecture Hall availability.

Some excellent classes and talks are coming up this month. Take an opportunity to engage in practical classes like Propagating Trees and Shrubs from Cuttings and Seeds and The Art and Practice of Saving Seeds, or step back in time to the birth of botany and a look at eighteenth-century plant collectioning in The Brother Gardeners.

Note that the Visitor Center and Art Exhibits are open 10:00am–5:00pm, closed Wednesdays. Be sure to check out more classes and other activities on our calendar.