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Celebrate fall color at the Arboretum! With species of maples and crabapples from around the world, the Arboretum’s autumnal palette is unrivaled. Join the festivities for children’s activities, learn about the Crabapple and Maple Collections from staff and volunteers, and view our plants up close with our microscope station. Guided tours will take place at 1:00pm and 2:00pm in each collection, and a Tree Mob on crabapple disease management will be held at noon in the Crabapple Collection.
Have you ever wondered what happens to a tree or branch after it falls over? Visit our newest Wonder Spot at the Arboretum to check out all of the living things that call fallen trees and branches home.
Have you ever wondered why some seeds and fruits are brightly colored? Check out the fruits and berries around the Arboretum with our newest Wonder Spot.
StoryWalks are a wonderful way for families to read and talk about nature in the Arboretum landscape. Each month we set out a seasonal story about nature by using children’s picture books with beautiful illustrations and kid-friendly language. The StoryWalks migrate weekly through locations just inside several of the most traveled gates in the Arboretum.
Explore the past, present, and future of plant introduction at the Arboretum
Explore stories about botany, horticulture, conservation, and Arboretum history through photos, text, and audio segments.
Learn about the life of an Arboretum plant on Google Arts & Culture.
Improving carbon-free transportation and green space equity in Boston.
Experience the Arnold Arboretum’s world-class living collections from Director Ned Friedman’s perspective. Take this tour online or use the page for self-guided exploration while visiting the Arboretum in person.
This half-mile Introductory Tour features stories about the Arboretum’s history, mission, and research endeavors. If you’re at the Arboretum, click here to take a version of this tour with Expeditions, our mobile web app.
Walk with Landscape Architect Rosetta S. Elkin and Arboretum Archivist Lisa E. Pearson.
Take a virtual walk with Michael Dosmann, the Keeper of the Arboretum’s living collections. Take this tour online or use the page for self-guided exploration while visiting the Arboretum in person.
‘Schlesingeri’ showcases the earliest fall color of all red maples. It was also one of the first cultivars that the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University introduced in the late 19th century.
Nearly a century and a half old, this Kentucky coffeetree was one of the first plants grown from seed at the Arnold Arboretum. It was collected in Virginia by an amateur botanist named Allen Curtiss.
I am responsible for the horticultural quality of plants that move through our plant production facility. This involves transplanting, careful watering, and managing pests/diseases of all woody and herbaceous plants in our greenhouses and nurseries. I think folks would be interested to know about the diversity and origin of plants in our landscape. It may be hard to tell without reading every tag, but many plants were wild-collected from countries and continents around the world.
As I care for our plants, I love seeing the other beneficial organisms that inhabit our landscape, especially those who live in our meadow areas. I also enjoy seeing so many people—and dogs!—visiting this place every day. It is amazing to know that all the hard work we do makes many people so happy.
There is so much more happening at the Arboretum than people realize, from a beautiful landscape that encourages contemplation and discovery, to research in our laboratories, to education involving public school kids or undergraduates from around the world, to art exhibits and performances… and so much more.
What inspires me about the Arboretum is that each plant in the landscape has a story to tell: where it came from or where the species is native, the individual who harvested the seed in the field to grow it, how it was propagated—information that makes the plant unique. All of these narratives weave together to tell the 150-year account of the Arboretum.
I am inspired by the absolute passion that every staff member and our volunteers possess to make this place as beautiful and as accessible to the public as possible. There are multiple entry points to conservation, education, and research—our mission—but the Arnold Arboretum as a place and its people are the conduits that make our mission come alive.