The Arboretum in July

As summer temperatures rise, stroll along the shady paths of Rhododendron Dell and Hemlock Hill. The parade of summer blooming trees, shrubs, and vines also include sweet azaleas, chestnuts, elderberries, roses, clematis, hardy kiwis and many others. Our Tree Of The Month is Aesculus parviflora, the Bottlebrush Buckeye. Use your phone and search on ArbExplorer to see if you can locate the Aesculus parviflora that live in the Arboretum.

Free Fun Friday! Come to the Arboretum on July 22, and enjoy FREE activities, part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program.

At the Arboretum, enjoy free activities like sticks and stuff construction, watercolor, the Beat Bus, Story Board Walk, and more.

If you’re interested in the pond ecosystems at the Arboretum join Bob Mayer for A Walk on the Wild Side. 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. All of these tours start at the Hunnewell Building, are free, and do not require registration.

Drought-Tolerant Plants for the Dog Days of Summer will introduce you to a new palette of plant material that will decrease your water use while increasing species diversity and beauty in your home landscape.

With Mary: The Audubon of Botany dives into the life of Mary Morris Vaux Walcott a gifted artist whose stunning watercolors comprise a catalog of North American wildflowers.

View our new exhibition, New England Society of Botanical Artists: The Art of the Woody Plant, which will be on display in the Hunnewell Lecture Hall through September 11th. Up to thirty works will be exhibited ranging from watercolor to pastel. The focus of this show, woody plants of New England, offers a unique, artistic interpretation of many of the plants included in the Arboretum’s collection.

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 July. Coming in August, we will have an artists’ demonstration by the New England Society of Botanical Artists.