The Arboretum in January

There’s so much to enjoy at the Arboretum in winter: bright berries, evergreens, ornamental bark, and the architecture of bare branches.

Looking for ways to explore the winter landscape? Print out the self-guided conifer tour [pdf] and explore the Conifer Collection. Download January’s Tree of the Month – Hemlock [pdf] and hunt for the seven different species of hemlock (Tsuga) that are in the Arboretum landscape.


If you’re interested in a tour we have some very special theme tours scheduled: Winter Bird Walk, Winter Wellness Walk, and Conifers in Winter.

All of our theme tours are free, but registration is requested and numbers are limited.


The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

From garden to gut, David R. Montgomery and Anne Bikle will present a new view of the tiniest creatures on Earth and how it is changing the way we see nature and ourselves. Through the twists and turns of history, science, and personal experience, they’ll reveal our tangled relationship with the microbial world, including the stunning similarities between what’s going on around the roots of plants and deep within the human gut.
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View our exhibition, Trees: Intimate Portraits.

Scars, burls, peeling bark, lichen, insect and animal markings—come explore the intimate, fascinating, up close world of tree bark as seen through the lens and sensibilities of photographer Jennifer Weigel. This Arboretum exhibition of Weigel’s photographic series illuminates the often overlooked beauty found in the bark of trees and shrubs. As an artist, Weigel is particularly drawn to details in nature and the unique individuality of each tree. Her images are examinations of each plant’s history through the beauty, as well as the bruises, of its outer surfaces.

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 December.