The Arboretum in May

The parade of blooms on trees and shrubs accelerates all month long across our landscape. Look for cherries, lilacs, redbuds, early azaleas, crabapples, dove tree, and quince to name a few. For more on another highlight of May, download the latest Tree of the Month [pdf].

The Arboretum in May offers a landscape of woody plants from around the world bursting into leaf and flower. View highlights of the season on our interactive map.

Spring is a great time to look for birds in our landscape: view the online gallery of Arboretum birds and other wildlife, download the Bird Checklist, and stop by the Visitor Center to report your sightings. Take a bird walk with Arboretum volunteer and expert birder Bob Mayer, Calling All Birders.

View our current exhibition, The Invented Landscape, paintings by Nancy Sableski in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall through May 29. Check out an artist demo with Nancy on May 9. Note the Visitor Center and Art Exhibit are open 10:00am–5:00pm daily, except Wednesdays (closed). As ever, the Arnold Arboretum and Visitor Center are open free to all.

Our regular weekend and weekday tours continue this month. See the calendar for dates and titles of these free guided tours. Since our landscape is open sunrise to sunset 365 days a year, you can always use your mobile device to continue to explore our collections. Be sure to check out classes and other activities on the calendar.