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.


Acer griseum bark

Featured Plants & Areas of Interest

Disappearing leaf cover transforms the Arboretum landscape. Things are now visible that were once hidden. As you explore new areas take time to observe the amazing diversity of bark texture and color. When there is a fresh blanket of snow take a stroll along Conifer Path and be transported to a different world.

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. The first Winter Wellness Walk of the season will be held on Sunday, Dec 9. Landscape tours will resume in April 2019. See the calendar for all upcoming tours.

Ilex verticillata

Tree of the Month

In December, look for our Tree of the Month, Ilex (holly). The Arboretum contains a surprising diversity of holly. Ilex verticillata is striking this time of year with its bare stems and vibrant, red berries. If it’s the more recognizable shiny dark green leaves that you are looking for, see if you can find the evergreen hollies with white or yellow berries. Use your phone and search on ArbExplorer to locate the over 20 species of holly in the landscape.


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.

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.

Acorns on Branch by Regina Gardner Milan

Art at the Arboretum

An Artist’s Perspective: The Arboretum and Botanical Artist Regina Gardner Milan
October 12, 2018-February 3, 2019

Regina Gardner Milan spent a year of discovery at the Arboretum. Botanical jewels of each season–early larches, spring blossoms, fall acorns, autumn leaves–are captured in her exquisite paintings. Nature holds a spellbinding allure to Milan, who finds that observing nature often produces scenes of larger-than-life beauty. The Arboretum’s exhibition magnifies nature’s productions, fully illuminating the elegance of plant life as small as a seed pod. This show captures the wonder of the Arboretum in those larger-than-life images.

Milan received a Certificate of Botanical Illustration with distinction from the Society of Botanical Artists in London, England, where she also received the President’s Award. She has exhibited in many juried shows throughout the US and world, including the 2016 New England Society of Botanical Artists’ show at the Arnold Arboretum. She teaches graphic design as an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and is president of MILAN concept & design, a graphic design firm she founded in 1988.

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.