In early September, goats became part of the scenery at the Arnold Arboretum, adding a pastoral accent to the already bucolic landscape. But these goats aren’t here, just sitting pretty. They are here to help the Arboretum control invasive plants and overgrown brush…without the use of chemicals. Learn more about this new pilot program and see the goats in action. Elaine Philbrick, co-founder of The Goatscaping Company, located at the Colchester Neighborhood Farm in Plympton, MA, will speak about the benefits of using goats to manage landscapes. Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education, will speak about the Arboretum’s decision to employ goats. Meet on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:00pm at Acc. # 683-84*A, Fraxinus pennsylvanica var. subintegerrima, a short walk from the Poplar Street Gate on the east end of Bussey Street at the edge of Peters Hill.
Parking: Park along the east end of Bussey Street and enter through Poplar Gate. Follow the signs onto the dirt path.
Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Orange Line to Forest Hills. At the upper level of the station, cross Washington Street and walk left to the Arboretum’s Washington Street Gate. Follow Blackwell Footpath to South Street. Turn left onto South Street and walk to the intersection with Bussey Street and Poplar Gate.
See map for gate locations.