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Convene in our collections to celebrate what makes us both unique and unified. A MassQ is a ritual application of paint to the face in order to reveal one's inner state of being. MassQing derives from the ancient tradition of body decoration practiced by nearly every indigenous culture on earth. Join us for this intergenerational, cross-cultural exhibition of the arts and interact with the landscape in new, creative ways.
Join us for a walk in the landscape! Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history.
There are nine bats species in Massachusetts and six of them have been found on the grounds. Visit all six new Bat Wonder Spots to learn how each bat interacts with the environment, hear recordings of bat calls, and participate in some bat myth busting!
This multimedia exhibition highlights the genus Lonicera (honeysuckle). Wendy Clement combines her Arboretum research on honeysuckle with the design initiatives of Chris Ault’s Interactive Multimedia class at The College of New Jersey, bringing an exciting insight into how plants use visual signals to communicate with the world around them.
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.
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.
Experience the Arnold Arboretum’s world-class living collections from Director Ned Friedman’s perspective. Take this tour online or while visiting the Arboretum in person.
This quarter-mile tour through the Explorers Garden features stories from the Arboretum’s century and a half of collecting plants around the world. 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.
This Japanese stewartia—and its nearby sibling—was collected in Korea in 1917. Its taxonomic status has inspired the curiosity of generations of botanists.
In 2003, a researcher collected a sample from this hemlock. Genetic analysis revealed something unusual. This tree proved to be a new species, previously unknown to science.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.