The Arboretum in August

August is a great time to explore the landscape, with its lush green foliage and summer vistas. Our Tree of the Month, Koelreuteria paniculata (goldenrain tree) is a highlight with clusters of small yellow flowers on loose panicles. Clematis in the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden continue to bloom, as does trumpet vine, and look for the many fruits that are beginning to appear throughout the collections. Check out the Current Plant Highlights on Arboretum Explorer to see what’s in bloom or fruit. Use your mobile device to see these seasonal plant highlights plus thousands more!

Explore our landscape on a guided tour for a deeper understanding of the Arboretum and the plant kingdom. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and are geared toward adults. Tours are available every weekend through November 1. Saturday tours start at the Hunnewell Building at 10:30am and Sunday tours start at the Hunnewell Building at 1:00pm. On the first Tuesday of the month, From Seed to Tree is an inside look at the Arboretum’s Dana Greenhouses and nurseries, or take a Saturday Family Walk and introduce a child to the wonder of nature.

On Thursday, August 6 and Thursday, August 13, 11:00am-1:00pm both days, catch an informative and special look inside our bonsai/penjing display pavilion. A volunteer will be on hand to answer questions and take you inside. There is no need to register, but group size will be limited.

On August 2, from 1:00-3:00pm, enjoy an afternoon Poetry Reading in conjunction with our current art show, Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word. The Reading will feature nature-themed poems by the Jamaica Pond Poets. Photographs by Philip McAlary and poems by Holly Guran will be on view in the Hunnewell Building through September 3. Nature-focused images and words complement each other and create a unique view of the Arnold Arboretum.

Planting the Seed for Our National Parks on Sunday, August 9, is a reminder of the influence our landscape designer, Frederick Law Olmsted, had in encouraging the nation to preserve our scenic landscapes.

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