Hemlock Hill, summer, puddingstone outcrops, 1927
Photograph by Jan Tijs Peiter Bijhouwer (ca. 1927, Dutch)
Hemlock Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
September 6, 1927
Hemlock Hill is located at the southeast end of the Arnold Arboretum, between Bussey and Peters Hills and closest to the South Street Gate. Over its history, it has been impacted by human, insect, and environmental events. The Rhododendron Dell at Hemlock Hill features many species and cultivars of Rhododenron that typically flower between early May and early June.
Boston has a storied geological history. The retreat of Ice Age glaciation carved incredibly unique landforms throughout the northeastern United States, but Boston may be one of the most fascinating studies for professional and amateur geologists alike. Read about the Boston Public Schools-sponsored geology walk hosted at the Arboretum in 2015. The library also recommends the monograph by James W. Skehan, S.J., entitled Puddingstone, drumlins, and ancient volcanoes : a geologic field guide along historic trails of Greater Boston.
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