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Arnold Arboretum


The Arboretum in April

Plants are starting to break out of dormancy. Fresh green leaves are starting to emerge and early blossoms brighten the landscape. Check out the Current Plant Highlights from the Arboretum’s Flickr site (at right) to see what’s in bloom. Use your mobile device to see seasonal plant highlights plus thousands more!

Explore our landscape on a guided tour for a deeper understanding of the Arboretum and the plant kingdom. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and are geared toward adults. Tours are available every weekend from April 19 through November 1. Saturday tours start at the Hunnewell Building at 10:30am and Sunday tours start in other locations at 1:00pm.

Early spring is a great time to look for birds in our landscape: view the online gallery of Arboretum birds and other wildlife, download the checklist, and stop by the Visitor Center to report your sightings and see birds at the feeders. Also download the latest Tree-of-the-Month [pdf] activity on magnolias. Magnolias are among the most ancient of flowering plant families, and many species are early bloomers at the Arboretum.

View our exhibition, Peters Hill 360:  Photographs by Meri Bond in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall, and extend your exploration of Peters Hill with a self-guided tour of several points of historical and horticultural interest. Join Meri Bond for an Artist Photography Walk of Peters Hill on Saturday, April 26, 8:00-10:00am.

Note the Visitor Center and Art Exhibit are now open 10:00am–5:00pm, closed Wednesdays.

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