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  • Oct 26
    Feb 13
    Vines and leaves in dark and light art print

    Art Show | Hidden Worlds: A New Herbarium

    Artist Madge Evers brings us into the world of nature, re-imagining the connection of fungi with plants through intimate, dreamlike landscapes. Her prints are animate worlds, revealing where mushroom spores and leaves intersect.

  • Jan 30

    Winter Wellness Walk

    Stay connected to nature and the Arnold Arboretum with our hourlong winter walks. At a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones, a walk with one of our experienced docents will energize and educate you. Seasonal interest, Arboretum history, and our extensive plant collections will be highlighted.

  • Feb 13

    Winter Wellness Walk

    Stay connected to nature and the Arnold Arboretum with our hourlong winter walks. At a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones, a walk with one of our experienced docents will energize and educate you. Seasonal interest, Arboretum history, and our extensive plant collections will be highlighted.

  • Feb 18
    May 15

    Art Show | Seeds for Tomorrow: Woody Plants of the Arnold Arboretum

    Laura Fantini uses colored pencil to render seeds in exquisite, hyper-realistic drawings. This series is called “Hope,” and therein lies the power of seeds. They are emblematic of both birth and growth—small, complicated, and extraordinary, like the wonderful drawings in this exhibition.

    Exhibition Opens February 18
  • Feb 19
    Yellow flowers of witch-hazel

    Witch-hazel Walk

    Join a docent tour through the Arboretum looking for the vibrant colors of the witch-hazel flowers. Learn about plants native to China and Japan, those from the Ozarks and Mississippi, and even one that was introduced right here at the Arnold Arboretum!

  • Feb 21
    Witch-hazel flowers with yellow-tipped petals, which fade red towards the center

    Witch-hazel Walk

    Join a docent tour through the Arboretum looking for the vibrant colors of the witch-hazel flowers. Learn about plants native to China and Japan, those from the Ozarks and Mississippi, and even one that was introduced right here at the Arnold Arboretum!

  • Feb 23
    Photo of witch-hazel flowers

    Witch-hazel Walk

    Join a docent tour through the Arboretum looking for the vibrant colors of the witch-hazel flowers. Learn about plants native to China and Japan, those from the Ozarks and Mississippi, and even one that was introduced right here at the Arnold Arboretum!

  • Feb 25

    Witch-hazel Walk

    In the Arnold Arboretum, there is something blooming every month of the year—including February! Join Andrew Gapinski, Director of Horticulture, to explore the beauty of the Arboretum’s witch-hazel family collection, its captivating history, and scientific study at the Arboretum.

  • Feb 26

    Winter Walk on Peters Hill

    Learn about the Arnold Arboretum’s southernmost landscape, collections, and history with a guided tour of Peters Hill. Join one of our experienced docents for an hourlong walk around this historic hill.

  • Feb 27

    Winter Wellness Walk

    Stay connected to nature and the Arnold Arboretum with our hourlong winter walks. At a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones, a walk with one of our experienced docents will energize and educate you. Seasonal interest, Arboretum history, and our extensive plant collections will be highlighted.

  • Mar 13

    Winter Wellness Walk

    Stay connected to nature and the Arnold Arboretum with our hourlong winter walks. At a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones, a walk with one of our experienced docents will energize and educate you. Seasonal interest, Arboretum history, and our extensive plant collections will be highlighted.

  • Mar 27

    Winter Wellness Walk

    Stay connected to nature and the Arnold Arboretum with our hourlong winter walks. At a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones, a walk with one of our experienced docents will energize and educate you. Seasonal interest, Arboretum history, and our extensive plant collections will be highlighted.

  • Apr 29

    Arbor Day at the Arboretum

    Celebrate Arbor Day at the Arboretum! The festivities will feature interpreters stationed throughout the landscape to share about our 16,000 woody specimens.

    More Information Coming Soon
  • May 08

    Lilac Sunday

    Join us for the 112th annual Lilac Sunday celebration! Experience the springtime bloom of our renowned collection of over 400 lilacs. Visit for tours with Arboretum experts, hands-on children’s programming, and more.

    More Information Coming Soon
  • May 20
    Jul 24

    Art Show | Plant Communication & The Art of Fusion in Lonicera

    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.

    Exhibition Opens May 20
  • Jul 09

    MassQ Ball 2022

    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.

    More Information Coming Soon
  • Jul 29
    Oct 09

    Art Show | The Art of Nature/The Nature of Art

    This unique show brings together 14 book artists who use the framework of a book to create a vision of nature. Works of art fold, accordion, and display cut-outs, treating the traditional art world of two-dimensions as something permeable, and the traditional book world as a place of personal discovery and reverence. (Left image: "Clematis" detail, Rebecca Goodale; Right image: "View From the Window" detail, Annie Lee-Zimerle)

    Exhibition Opens July 29
  • Jul 29
    Oct 09

    Art Show | Tree Ring Histories: The Quilts of Anna Von Mertens

    Working with international dendrochronologists, Anna Von Mertens culled source images of tree ring cross-sections from studies connecting climate variability and periods of human instability. The events represented in her quilts correlate to periods of drought recorded by the tree rings. Fading thread colors mirror and highlight historical events.

    Exhibition Opens July 29
  • Aug 12

    Oaks and Hickories Tour

    Stay cool under the soaring canopies of our oak and hickory collections. Join a staff expert for a tour of one of the oldest areas of the Arboretum, and enjoy the shade of some of our most venerable specimens.

    More Information Coming Soon
  • Sep 17

    Abilities Dance Boston

    Join Abilities Dance Boston as it shines in the Arboretum landscape. The trailblazing company will bring original musical scores, choreography, and audio descriptions, ASL, and CART to make the work accessible in the spirit of universal design enjoyed by all.

    More Information Coming Soon
  • Oct 14
    Oct 16

    Art Show | The Art of the Woodturner

    For the sixth year, woodturners from throughout New England will exhibit their work at the Arboretum. Using a lathe to form their pieces, woodturners create practical objects or “turn” to the purely aesthetic, resulting in a show that appeals to the eye and the touch. (Image: "Cherry Root Bowl," Steve Wiseman)

    Exhibition Opens October 14
  • Oct 15

    Crabapple and Maple Festival

    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 a guided tour, children’s activities, and more.

    More Information Coming Soon
  • Oct 21
    Feb 12

    Art Show | Intricate Beauties: The Lichen-Embossed Ceramics of Natalie Andrew

    Ceramics provide a vehicle for Natalie Andrew’s exploration into the sublime aesthetics inherent in lichen. An artist and a biologist, Andrew was permitted by the Arboretum’s curation department to obtain lichen specimens from our collections. The resulting works highlight the texture and depth of lichen against the flat, matte surface of ceramic.

    Exhibition Opens October 21