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The Arboretum in May

May at the Arboretum is filled with bursts of color, pleasant fragrances and a lot of exciting event and tour opportunities. Enjoy the fragrant fothergillas by the Visitor Center entrance and as you meander down Meadow Road enjoy dogwoods, redbuds and azaleas. Also, be sure to take a stroll along Bussey Hill Road and experience the color and fragrance of over 360 lilac plants. Our Tree of the Month is Syringa, a genus that includes 24 species right here at the Arnold Arboretum. Use your phone and search on ArbExplorer to see how many Syringa species you can find in the landscape.

Two very special events are scheduled this month.  Come and experience Lilac Sunday, which is an event that has drawn people to the Arnold Arboretum for over one hundred years. Join us for a Collections Up Close that focuses on the Bonsai & Penjing Collection, where you will be introduced to some of our newest additons and also visit some old favorites.

If you’re interested in a tour we have some very special theme tours scheduled: Bonsai & Penjing Matching, Explorers Garden: World on Bussey Hill, and Spring Bird Walks. 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 week-day tour at 10:30am on most Mondays and Thursdays. These tours are also free, but there is no need to register.

If you’re interested in taking a class check out Nature’s Ambassador: The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess or Will the Bats Come Back? Confronting White-Nose Syndrome.

Artist Kyle Browne brings her intriguing Time-lapse Drawings and Hidden Cartograpy of Beetles to the Arboretum for her exhibition, Timeline(s): Drawing Nature by Kyle Browne, which will be in the Hunnewell Lecture Hall from April 29 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 May. Coming up in June, join us for a one of a kind music experience in the landscape, Inuksuit.