The Arboretum in August

As summer temperatures rise, enjoy a stroll along the Arboretum’s tranquil, shady paths. Our Tree of the Month [pdf] is Styphnolobium japonicum, the Scholar Tree. The Scholar Tree flowers after most other trees have finished blooming. Once the flowers fade look for the fruits that resemble bright green strings of pearls hanging in the tree. Use your phone and search on ArbExplorer to see if you can locate the Styphnolobium japonicum that live in the Arboretum.


Regular landscape tours take place every Saturday at 10:30am and Sunday at 1:00pm. All of these tours start at the Hunnewell Building, are free, and do not require registration.

Join knowledgeable volunteers for a look inside the Bonsai & Penjing Pavilion each Thursday in August from 11am – 1pm.


Conserving Bumble Bees is a unique opportunity to learn from the Xerces Society about the status of our native bumble bees, the threats that they face, and what you can do to help. Included will be information on basic life-history and ecology, as well as learning which species are most imperiled throughout the eastern U.S. You will also learn what can be done in your yards to help protect them.  A focus of the workshop will be training participants how to identify the bumble bees in their backyard, and throughout New England.

View our exhibition, New England Society of Botanical Artists: The Art of Woody Plants, which will be on display in the Hunnewell Lecture Hall through September 11th.

On Saturday, August 13th, join the New England Society of Botanical Artists members, Suellen Perold and Arleen Hardiman for demonstrations of the artists at work, using plant material from the Arnold Arboretum’s collection.  They will be drawing and painting while discussing their process and approach.

All art shows are free and open to the public. The Lecture Hall is also used for lectures, programs, meetings, and school groups, so please call 617.384.5209 for exhibition availability.

The Visitor Center and Art Exhibitions are open 10:00am–5:00pm, closed Wednesdays.

Please see our calendar for a great list of lectures, classes, and tour opportunities in August.