Mulch paths (familiar features in the oak, viburnum, linden, and beech collections) are slowly expanding to improve collection accessibility on Peters Hill. The goal is to make it easier for walkers to visit novel parts of the landscape while safeguarding the health of our plants. Two new paths in particular hopefully afford new perspectives while […]
When trees are felled at the Arboretum, the vast majority of the dead material is chipped into mulch and used throughout the grounds. However, chippers do not exist in natural systems, where the decomposition of woody plants slowly releases nutrients back into the soil while providing habitat for wildlife. The horticulture crew has recently begun […]
The stunning fall color of the golden larch may be admired in three Arboretum locations: an old grove near the Walter Street Gate, a younger grouping on Peters Hill, and a lone specimen on the back side of Bussey Hill.
This spring, the Arboretum’s Visitor Engagement department launched our inaugural “Arboretum NestWatch” volunteer program. Since then, our small group of trained volunteers have been diligently monitoring the 30 nest boxes located on our grounds and submitting their observations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch project, a citizen science initiative that uses data gathered from […]
Visitors, Crabapple Sunday, 1936 Photograph by Donald Wyman Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States May 10, 1936 The Arnold Arboretum offers public events and education programs throughout the year to promote “understanding and appreciation of plant life in its full complexity.” These activities are designed for a range of audiences, from children to adults […]
A few weeks ago when the new academic year for Boston Public Schools was just starting, Rene Reyes, a history teacher from the New Mission High School in Hyde Park, reached out to the Arnold Arboretum with a request. How could their entering freshman class visit and engage with a beautiful landscape, and work towards […]
A serendipitous encounter with a magnificent population of beech-drops on Peters Hill has really made my week. Beech-drops (Epifagus virginiana) is a flowering plant whose ancestors lost the ability to photosynthesize. It obtains all of its organic carbon by invading the fine roots of American beech trees (Fagus grandifolia). Not a touch of green can […]