The Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden may be reached via an eight-minute walk from the Arborway Gate; it lies about ten minutes from Forest Hills Gate and about twenty minutes from Bussey Street Gate. Walk to the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden from Linden Path (off Meadow Road), or from Bussey Hill Road (near the lilac collection). The shrub collection grows in the garden’s terraced beds, while the vine collection is sited in the top terraces along the garden’s southwestern border. Dwarf conifers are primarily on the slope above the stone wall at the southwestern border. If driving, park either at Centre Street Gate or along the Arborway.
The Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden includes slate, crushed stone, and grass paths that slope gently, with some stairs (paths provide wheelchair access to all levels). In winter, access may be limited by snow and ice; please use caution.
Seasonal signage (mid April through mid October) offers visitors insight on organizing themes that connect plantings to core elements of the Arboretum’s horticultural mission: plant exploration, plant introduction, and plant conservation. Stake labels identify individual plants. Download a tour brochure for each of the three featured areas to bring when you visit: shrubs [pdf], vines [pdf], and dwarf conifers [pdf].
You can also view this tour on the Arboretum Explorer interactive map. Follow this link and you will see colored leaf icons. Click/tap on an icon to get a plant name and image; click/tap the circled “i” on the right to get more detailed information. For more information on how to use the mobile application click/tap on “Help” in the menu.
How long should I explore?
Plan to spend at least a half hour strolling through the terraced beds. A shaded pavilion provides an ideal spot to take a break and to view the entire garden.
Plan your visit to the Arboretum.