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Viewing Events from December 14, 2019 to January 13, 2020

Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum
1 Session: Saturday, December 14, 9:30am–Noon
Location: Hunnewell Building and Landscape

Put down the hedge shears! Through both classroom instruction and hands-on field training, this class will include what’s, whys, and how’s of proper pruning approaches and techniques. Andrew Gapinski will focus on small ornamental trees, young shade trees, and shrubs with general approaches towards maintaining a plant’s natural form and encouraging health and vigor. Note: Pruning for fruit production will not be covered in this offering. Dress for indoor and outdoor learning.

Fee $30 member, $38 nonmember

Register at or call 617-384-5277.


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Winter Wellness Walk

Winter Wellness Walk

Sundays: Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Mar. 15, 29; 1:00-1:45pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Great scenery and exercise, who could want more? Take a brisk walk this winter and stay healthy and connected to the Arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. This walk emphasizes fitness, with a healthy dose of information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained Arboretum docents.

After your tour, stay on for a warm drink and more conversation with your guide and staff in the Visitor Center.

This activity is free. Registration is requested.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.
Family Hike: Short Days, Long Nights

Family Hike: Short Days, Long Nights

Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children's Education
Sunday, December 15, 2:00-3:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Families need nature at all times of the year! Meet inside the main gate at the Visitor Center. We’ll make paper chickadees and go on a StoryWalk to learn how a little bird can bring back the Sun! Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Guided Tour: Winter Birding

Winter Birding

Sunday, Jan 5, 9:00-10:30am
Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent
Location: Arborway Gate

Take a 90 minute walk from the Main Gate to Bussey Hill and back. The focus will be on winter birds, as well as the woody plant collection. Download an Arboretum bird checklist. Meet inside the Main Gate off the Arborway (parking is along the Arborway)..This tour is in conjunction with the Brookline Bird Club.
For cancellations due to inclement weather, call 617 384-5209 by 5:00pm January 4.

Free, registration requested at

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 2019-2020 schedule.