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Bonsai and Penjing Collection Directions and Accessibility Information

Bonsai and Penjing pavillion Tiffany Enzenbacher
Bonsai and Penjing pavillion
Bonsai and Penjin Collection Map
Bonsai and Penjin Collection map. Click to enlarge.

Directions

The collection is displayed adjacent to the Dana Greenhouses, approximately a 5-minute walk from the Centre Street Gate, 10-minute walk from either the Arborway Gate or the Forest Hills Gate, and about a 20-minute walk from the Bussey Street Gate. Look for the wooden lath house overlooking the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden, just beyond the stone wall running along its southwestern border. Use the stairwell that cuts through the stone wall, or turn off of Bussey Hill Road toward the Dana Greenhouses for an accessible path to the Bonsai Collection. If driving, park outside the Centre Street Gate or along the Arborway.

Accessibility

The collection is on view from mid April through mid November, daily from 8:00am to 3:45pm, excluding holidays.

For a wheelchair-accessible route to the collection, start at the Centre Street Gate and approach from Bussey Hill Road. Take the paved road that leads toward the Dana Greenhouses, and go through the gate. The pavilion will be on your right. There is no entry to the bonsai pavilion itself; the structure is designed to allow visitors to view the collection from the outside.

Interpretation

Labels provide plant names and the year each was first trained as bonsai. Arnold Arboretum volunteers are stationed at the Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion select Thursdays and Sundays, May through October, from 11:00am-1:00pm to answer visitor questions. Contact our Visitor Engagement team (617.524.1718, arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu) to confirm dates and for additional information.

How long should I explore?

Most visitors spend between ten and twenty minutes viewing the collection, which may be enjoyed from multiple angles as visitors circulate around the perimeter of the lath house.

Plan your visit to the Arboretum.