A peaceful quiet settles on the Arboretum landscape as the last trees shed their leaves. Winter berries provide color for humans and food for wildlife, while evergreens and ornamental bark take center stage.
Use your mobile device to see December’s seasonal plant highlights plus thousands more! View our current exhibition, Dispersal: Photographs by Anna Laurent in the Visitor Center, and extend your exploration of seeds and their dispersal mechanisms into the landscape with a self-guided tour of plants featured in the exhibition.
Looking for other paths of discovery in the December landscape? Print out the self-guided Bark Tour [pdf] or take a stroll through the Conifer Collection. Download December and January’s Tree-of-the-Month [pdf] (the Eastern hemlock, or Tsuga canadensis), and follow clues to a find a letterbox hidden near a special tree.
Check out a discovery backpack in the Visitor Center or set out on your own with our mobile application to help you find your way, see images of seasonal highlights, and get information about plants around you.
This month, the Arboretum offers indoor classes to help warm you up to plants, gardens, and nature: The Papers of Fredrick Law Olmsted, Vol. VIII; Introduction to Winter Tree Identification; and Evolution in a Toxic World. Visit our calendar for the full listing.
Note the Visitor Center is open on a winter schedule, November through March.