The Tilia (linden) collection is the largest genus of summer-flowering trees in the Arnold Arboretum–nearly 150 trees are in the collection, most along Meadow road. In late June and early July, they are at the height of their bloom, providing an exceptional opportunity for study, comparison, and enjoyment. Linden flowers attract pollinating bees and appreciative visitors with their wonderful, enticing fragrance.
Join us on Sunday, June 21, 1:00–3:00pm, Meadow Road for family activities and a tour of the Tilia collection with Kyle Port, Arnold Arboretum Manager of Plant Records. Kyle will introduce you to the horticultural side of lindens, while another tour with Heather Mattila will introduce you to the pollinators–honey bees. Heather is an Assistant Professor at Wellesley College whose research focuses on the mechanisms of honey bee behavior, the chemical ecology of colonies, and the microbiology of queens and workers.