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Viewing Events from January 15, 2019 to February 14, 2019

Family Walk What is Beautiful to You?

Family Walk: What is Beautiful to You? EVERGREEN

Nancy Sableski, Manager of Childrens' Education
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Location: Hunnewell Building

Join the Arboretum's manager of childrens' education, Nancy Sableski, to discover the Arboretum on a guided walk exploring the conifers. This walk will highlight different plants and natural phenomena while developing observational skills in children. One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages four through twelve. Meet in the Visitor Center.  FREE

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Riding through Winter Forum

City of Boston: Riding Through Winter Forum

Boston Bikes, City of Boston
1 Session: Wednesday, January 23, 6:00–7:00pm
Location: Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building

Wednesday, January 23, 6:00-7:00pm

The Riding Through Winter Forum will begin with a short presentation by the Boston Bikes team. We will then open th floor to attendees for a brief Q&A session. If you've always wanted to attempt riding your bicycle in a Boston winter, but didn't know where to start, this is for you.


Note: Additional Session: January 24, BPL - Brighton, 40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, 6-7pm.

Smartphone Photography: Winter Landscapes Enhanced

Smartphone Photography: Winter Landscapes Enhanced

Nancy Katz, Professional Photographer
3 Sessions: Sat January 26, February 9, 23 8:30am–10:30am
Location: Hunnewell Building and Landscape

Capture the essence of winter, when landscapes present a diluted palette of colors and contrasts are most striking. Professional photographer Nancy Katz will introduce fundamental concepts of landscape photography and then teach techniques for getting the best photographs from your smartphone camera. You will capture images in color and black and white, then learn to enhance them using a host of editing tools provided in the Snapseed App. (Note: Nancy Katz was selected by the Apple Store of Boston as a guest artist in March 2017 for her photography work with her iPhone and has taught her techniques there and most recently at Brandeis University’s Osher Life Long Learning Institute.) 

Fee member $65, nonmember $84
Register at or call 617-384-5277.
Tour: Birding Through the Winter!

Monthly Bird Walks Through the Winter

Brendan Keegan, Arboretum Gardener
Sunday, Jan 27, 9:00-10:30am, meet at Arborway Gate
Saturday, Feb 23, 9:00-10:30am, meet at Bussey Street Gate
Sunday, March 17, 8-9:30am, meet at Arborway Gate.


Join Arnold Arboretum's Brendan Keegan for an easy walk looking for winter birds. In January, Brendan will discuss how species alter their behaviors, diets, and/or bodies to survive the colder temperatures. For his February walk, that meets at the Bussey Street Gate, you will listen for, and discuss bird calls, and talk about owl mating season. The March walk on St. Patrick's Day will be a talk about how birds migrate and the impressive migrations of common Arboretum species, with a look for early migrants around the grounds.

All skill levels, especially beginners, are encouraged to join. Bring binoculars, and a few binoculars will be available to share.

See our website for directions and a checklist of birds. Parking is along the Arborway for Arborway Gate walk meet up, and along Bussey Street for the February Walk, or take the T to Forest Hills and walk. Meet inside the Gates.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, registration requested at
Tour-Conifers in Winter

Conifers in Winter

Robbie Apfel, Arboretum Docent

Sunday, January 27, 1:30-3:00pm
Docent Robbie Apfel leads this winter walk in an exploration of the Arboretum's conifer collection. Beginning from the Bussey Street Gate, you will be introduced to the Arboretum's grand gymnosperms, learn the botany of conifers, and hear about Hemlock Hill's evolving ecosystem. This tour will also introduce you to native and non-native conifers in the winter landscape.

In case of inclement weather, please call 617 384-5209.

Free, registration is limited and requested at

Plant Collecting in Western Hubei, China

Plant Collecting in Western Hubei, China

Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum and Peter Zale, PhD, Associate Director, Conservation, Plant Breeding and Collections, Longwood Gardens
1 Session: Tuesday, January 29, 6:30–7:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Valued for its rich diversity of temperate flora, Hubei, China has long been a destination for Arboretum explorers, from the time of E. H. Wilson on his first Arboretum trip, to the 1980 Sino-American Botanical Expedition, and in more recent times, the 1994 North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC) expedition to explore the “Horticultural Heaven” of Wudang Mountain. Among Hubei’s botanical fame includes holding the remaining living wild-populations of dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in the province’s southwest county of Lichuan. Please join Andrew Gapinski and Peter Zale as they share the history of exploration of the Province and tales of the their three-week Western Hubei plant collecting journey as part of the 2018 NACPEC expedition.

Fee Free, registration requested

Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Arboretum for Educators

Arboretum for Educators

Monthly: Select Saturdays, 9:00–11:30am
Location: Hunnewell Building

Arboretum for Educators monthly explorations are a professional development opportunity for elementary and middle school teachers to introduce the Arboretum landscape as an outdoor classroom. Participants learn about specific hands-on life science topics that may be used or adapted by teachers for their own classrooms and outdoor spaces. Meet and network with other like-minded educators, and engage in life science learning.

Free, but registration requested

View a printable 2018-2019 schedule.

Botany Blast: New and Emerging Pests

Botany Blast: New and Emerging Pests at the Arnold Arboretum

Jared Rubinstein, Living Collections Fellow, Arnold Arboretum, and Javier Marin, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator, Crop & Pest Services, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
1 Session: Tuesday, February 5, 6:00–7:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

The Arnold Arboretum has a long history of finding innovative ways of responding to threats to the collection from pests and diseases. Come learn about some new and emerging pests in the region and how the Arboretum is trying to get ahead of their arrival. We’ll talk specifically about spotted lanternfly, thousand cankers disease, southern pine beetle, and winter moth.

Fee Free, but registration requested

Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Tour: The World of Witch Hazels

The World of Witch-Hazels: an Arboretum Tour

Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture
Wednesday, February 6, 2:30-4:00pm

Hunnewell Building


As has been stated countless times, in the Arnold Arboretum there is a tree or shrub in bloom every month (yes, including February!) of the year, a phenomenon only possible because of the witch-hazel family. From witch-hazel to fothergilla to parrotia, the family includes some of the most botanically fascinating and horticulturally valuable plants for the temperate garden. Join Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture at the Arnold Arboretum, for a very special mid-winter walk to explore the beauty of the Arboretum's witch-hazel family collection, and its captivating history of development, evaluation, and scientific study here at the Arboretum. Snow or shine, the witch-hazels will certainly be in full bloom!

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, registration requested at
Design Workshop for Home Gardeners

Garden Design Workshop for Home Gardeners

Christie Dustman, Designer, APLD
5 Sessions: Wednesdays, February 6, 13, (skip 20), 27, Mar 6, 13, 6:30–8:30pm
Location: Weld Hill Building
We have the desire to make a garden, but then we grapple with how to start designing our home garden spaces. Design a layout plan for an area of your yard in this beginner-level class. Learn the organizational components of a coherent garden and practice the process of design with award-winning designer Christie Dustman. You will leave class with a plan in progress from which to continue your design explorations. This class is primarily about garden spaces rather than specific plant selection. You will be required to draw a base plan for your site (with tutelage in class) and will need to purchase some drawing tools and pay for copying. Other supplies will be provided. Limited to 16 students.
Fee $150 member, $188 nonmember

Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Exhibition: Transitions: Winter Into Spring opens, Chris Morgan

Transitions: Winter Into Spring

Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum by Chris Morgan

February 8 – May 5, 2019

Opening Reception, Saturday, February 16, 1:00-3:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Building

Chris Morgan's goal as a photographer is to evoke the emotions he feels when he views patterns and textures in nature, in the shapes of trees, and in the movements of birds. He brings details to life. The Arboretum, with its rich collections of flora and fauna, has been a major interest of his for over fifteen years, especially during blizzards, when dramatic photo opportunities appear. Digital photography, which offers a happy marriage of the arts and the sciences, lets him explore larger-format photography in creative ways through digital panorama techniques.
Morgan has photographed on five continents for over forty years; however, he is currently to be found, year-round, photographing in the Arboretum.
In addition to his photographic work, Morgan appraises rare, early computers, is a computer consultant, an author, puzzle designer, musician, and magician. He is also a Lewis Carroll scholar, and has written five books. He has spoken extensively about Lewis Carroll at Harvard University's Houghton Library, the Boston Athenaeum, and other libraries and universities around the country. 

Free, public invited 

Winter Tree Identification

Winter Tree Identification

Sue Pfeiffer, Horticulture Instructor, Norfolk County Agricultural High School
1 Session: Saturday, February 9, 1:00–4:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Without their leaves, trees can be challenging to identify in the winter. However, if you consider a tree’s branching structure and buds, you can often determine its species. Former Arboretum Horticulturist and now a high school teacher, Sue Pfeiffer will speak about the clues to look for and the keys available to help you definitively identify specific trees. Dress in layers for indoor and outdoor learning.
Fee $40 member; $52 nonmember

Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Guided Tour: Winter Wellness Walk

Winter Wellness Walk

Arboretum docent
Four Sundays: Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, 1:00pm-1:45pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Take a healthy walk through the cool landscape of the Arboretum. You will enjoy the pared down beauty of our woody plant collection and hear about the Arboretum's history and highlights. After the walk, warm up in the Visitor Center with hot chocolate or tea, and talk more with your docent guide and Arboretum staff members.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, Registration requested at

Tour: Propagating Historic Lineages

Propagation of Historic Lineages

Sean Halloran, Plant Propagator
Wednesday, February 13, 1:00-2:00pm

Meet at the Gate to the Dana Greenhouses


The Arnold Arboretum curates and maintains one of the most historic and well-documented collections of woody temperate species. We are in the midst of a 10 year Campaign for the Living Collections, and that means we will add even more diversity to those living collections. In order to maintain the diversity that already exists, great care is taken by our landscape horticulturists to report plants that are potentially threatened by weather, pests, and diseases. The Plant Propagation department is tasked with the propagation of those vulnerable and important historic lineages, in order for that plant to be returned to the living collections. On this tour, Arnold Arboretum propagator, Sean Halloran, will illustrate the traditional and novel techniques employed in order to preserve these culturally and historically significant collections. Grafting, air-layering, hardwood cuttings, the Bonsai and Penjing Collection, and more will be discussed with real examples and the incredible stories behind them.

This tour will meet at the inside gate to the Dana Greenhouses' driveway. If needed, call for directions, 617 384-5209.

Free, registration requested and limited at