The Arboretum in June

The parade of spring color continues with tulip trees, horse chestnuts, tree peonies, azaleas, rhododendrons, and many others. Our Tree Of The Month [pdf] is Cladrastis kentukea, the American Yellowwood. Use your phone and search on ArbExplorer to see if you can locate the 2 Cladrastis species that live in the Arboretum.

Two very special musical events are scheduled this month.  Come and experience the second performance by the Palaver Strings, a musician-led orchestra. For their Arboretum concert, the changing light in nature will be their focus. Later in the month join us in the Conifer Collection for the Boston premiere of Inuksuit. This 75-minute piece is composed by John Luther Adams and will feature more than 90 New England-based percussionists.

If you’re interested in a tour we have some very special theme tours scheduled: More than Roses, Plant Conservation in Action, and Let’s Look at the Leventritt. All of our theme tours are free, but registration is requested and numbers are limited.

Regular landscape tours take place every Saturday at 10:30am and Sunday at 1:00pm. You can also come for a weekday tour at 10:30am on most Mondays and Thursdays. All of these tours start at the Hunnewell Building, are free, and do not require registration.

If you’re interested in taking a class check out Silent Sparks: The Wonderful World of Fireflies. Expert Sara Lewis will dive into the fascinating world of fireflies and share the most up-to-date discoveries of these beloved insects.

View our exhibition, Timeline(s): Drawing Nature by Kyle Browne, which will be in the Hunnewell Lecture Hall through July 3. 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 61.384.5209 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 workshop opportunities in June. Coming in July we will have a new art exhibit entitled the Art of Woody Plants, by the New England Society of Botanical Artists.