Winter is a time of the year that should not be missed at the Arnold Arboretum. A peaceful quiet settles on the Arboretum landscape as the last trees shed their leaves. Visit different areas of interest in the landscape, from microclimate hills to brooks to scenic overlooks of the Boston skyline. This 281-acre jewel in Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace of parklands is both a research center and museum of Harvard University and a beloved public landscape open free to the public every day.


Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise' 396-69*A

Featured Plants & Areas of Interest

There is a tendency to hibernate during winter months, but now is the perfect time to explore the Arnold Arboretum. Nothing says winter like conifers draped in snow, so enjoy an invigorating walk along Conifer Path. Winter-blooming plants, evergreens, and ornamental bark take center stage, while winter berries provide notes of color for visitors and needed food for wildlife. There are beautiful moments at every turn – fuzzy magnolia buds, warm-toned witch-hazel flowers, or the flight of a Northern flicker.

Winter Wellness Walk

Guided Tours

See how much the Arboretum has to offer when you tour the landscape with one of our knowledgeable docents or expert staff. Tours are free and open to the public and cover various areas of the collections and landscape. Join us for our monthly Winter Wellness Walk on March 10. If you are a birder join us for Birding Through the Winter. See the calendar for all upcoming tours.

Tree of the Month

In March, look for our Tree of the Month, Acer saccharinum (silver maple). The maple collection at the Arnold Arboretum gets many visits during the fall when the eye-catching fall foliage is on display. But did you know that silver maples are some of the first trees to flower in the spring? If you would like to look at photos of the diminutive silver maple flowers or arborists working hard to save a centenarian silver maple located on Meadow Road from the comfort of your own home, access ArbPIX. Or if you are visiting, use your phone and search on ArbExplorer to locate the 11 Acer saccharinum that are part of the Arnold Arboretum’s living collections.


Visitor Center

Stop by the Visitor Center (located in the Hunnewell Building) and learn more about the Arboretum’s collections, history, and events. Need advice on where to explore? Friendly and experienced Visitor Engagement staff will suggest walking routes, answer questions, and share their Arboretum knowledge. Make sure to view the Plant Exploration, Then and Now exhibit on display in the Visitor Center. Learn more about the past, present, and future of the Arboretum’s work in plant exploration. This exhibit will run through March 2, 2019.

Cedrus libani

Classes and Lectures

Hear renowned speakers discuss topics, participate in stimulating discussions, and gain insight into some of the most fascinating areas of science, horticulture, landscape design, and ecology. Prefer a more hands-on experience? Register for a class or workshop and learn how to prune a plant, grow a mushroom, or upgrade your home garden. See the calendar for upcoming classes and lectures.

Arboretum mourning doves after blizzard by Chris Morgan

Art at the Arboretum

Transitions: Winter Into Spring
Photographs of the Arboretum by Chris Morgan
February 8, 2019 – May 5, 2019

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, 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.

All art shows are free and open to the public. The Lecture Hall is also used for lectures, programs, meetings, and school groups, so please call 617.384.5209 for exhibition availability.