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All events at the Arboretum are free. We welcome people of all abilities and are committed to facilitating a safe and engaging experience for all who visit. To view our accessibility practices, please visit our Accessibility page. To request services such as an interpreter, wheelchair, or other assistance prior to attending an event, please contact us as soon as you register.

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 14
    Jan 30
    Art, colorful scroll with various materials and time script

    Art Show | The Overstory by Richard Powers, Handmade Scroll by Diane Samuels

    Diane Samuels' incredible 20" x 160' scroll is a hand-transcription in micro-script of Richard Powers' The Overstory. The text side is made of strips of recycled drawings, prints, and papers from the artist's studio. The dimensions of the scroll correspond to a common vertical section of a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). The non-transcribed side is collaged with 99 bookplates. Each bookplate is made by a rubbing from a piece carved with the image of the leaf/needles identified with each of the nine characters in the book.

  • Oct 14
    Feb 13
    Ceramic shapes with lichen embellishments

    Art Show | Intricate Beauties: The Lichen Explorations 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 has been observing spontaneous flora of lichens in the landscape. The resulting works highlight the texture, depth, and form of lichen against the surface of ceramic.

  • Dec 02

    On-site Landscape Talk | Tree Mob: Seasonal Needle Drop (Yes, evergreens drop their leaves too!)

    Each fall as daylight fades, temperatures drop, and the colors of autumn are in full swing, the Arboretum receives inquiries from concerned homeowners regarding their evergreens dropping needles. Although needle loss from environmental conditions such as drought and disease may warrant cause for alarm, the seasonal drop of a portion of needles is a normal part of every evergreen’s life cycle. Join Director of Horticulture Andrew Gapinski in the Arboretum’s Conifer Collection to discuss this natural phenomenon and other fun facts in the world of conifers.

  • Dec 02

    Virtual Livestream | Tree Mob: Seasonal Needle Drop (Yes, evergreens drop their leaves too!)

    Each fall as daylight fades, temperatures drop, and the colors of autumn are in full swing, the Arboretum receives inquiries from concerned homeowners regarding their evergreens dropping needles. Although needle loss from environmental conditions such as drought and disease may warrant cause for alarm, the seasonal drop of a portion of needles is a normal part of every evergreen’s life cycle. Join Director of Horticulture Andrew Gapinski for a Tree Mob to discuss this natural phenomenon and other fun facts in the world of conifers.

  • Dec 04

    Great Horned Owl Walk

    December at dusk is a perfect time to listen and look for Great Horned Owls. This charismatic and formidable species is often heard calling throughout the Arboretum’s collections. Join staff from the Arboretum and Zoo New England to learn about Great Horned Owls, how to go owling ethically, and possibly hear and see a few owls as well. Participants should bring a flashlight and dress warmly.

  • Dec 06

    Virtual Livestream Lecture | Tree Equity in Boston: What It Is and How to Grow It

    The City of Boston recently released a new Urban Forest Plan that aims to grow the city's urban forest equitably. In this talk, David Meshoulam, Executive Director of Speak for the Trees, Boston, will introduce the idea of tree equity and discuss its critical importance in a rapidly changing climate. The organization has been examining how the distribution of trees has been shaped by race, politics, and history. and works to grow the city's forest as a tool to build resilient communities.

  • Dec 09

    Art Workshop | Botanical Cyanotype

    Make beautiful seasonal cards and prints using the alternative photography method known as Cyanotype. Participants will collect leaves and seeds in the landscape and arrange them on special paper to create a deep blue print with bright, ghost-white silhouettes. This historic photography method, otherwise known as blueprints (sunprints), is one of the earliest forms of photography, and offers participants the ability to perform something that seems like magic.

  • Dec 13

    Workshop | Growing Plants from Cuttings

    Join Head of Plant Production Tiffany Enzenbacher to learn how to propagate woody plants like the Arboretum staff do, taking fall cuttings and growing them into beautiful shrubs and trees. Students will collect and stick cuttings of several Arboretum plants and will take their propagules home to grow for their own gardens. After rooting, small plants may be ready to transplant as early as next year.

  • Dec 18
    People walking in the snow through the trees

    Winter Wellness Walk

    Stay connected to nature and enjoy the health benefits of a winter walk at the Arnold Arboretum. At a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones, a tour with one of our experienced docents will energize and educate you. Seasonal interest, Arboretum history, and our extensive plant collections will be highlighted. Walks are limited and registration required.

  • Dec 18

    Family Hike | What is Beautiful to You?

    Join us for a family hike as we explore the winter landscape to find something beautiful to each of us. We will go through varied parts of the landscape, including a forested area and an exploration of the ponds, looking at things large and small. Our route includes a short uphill hike, but we can amend the pathway to be flatter and more even as participants require.

  • Jan 04

    Roslindale Gateway Path Tour

    Join us for a tour of the proposed Roslindale Gateway Path: an accessible shared-use pedestrian and cycling path through the Arnold Arboretum. When complete, this path will provide a missing pedestrian link between Forest Hills Subway Station and Roslindale Village Commuter Rail Station, offering carbon-free commuting options and connecting Boston residents with the natural spaces in their own neighborhoods. Come learn about this collaborative project with the Arboretum's Head of Operations and Project Management, Danny Schissler. Note that this tour will include walking off-path through a mowed grass area with uneven terrain.

  • Jan 10

    Virtual Livestream Lecture | How Birds Work: Bills

    Bills come in all sorts of sizes and shapes, from the needle-like bills of swallows for picking insects out of the air, to hummingbirds' long and curved bills for probing into the base of a flower, to the robust bill of the evening grosbeak for cracking into seeds. Some even have special features, like pressure sensors that allow shorebirds to detect food without touching it. Join Dr. Lorna Gibson, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, to look at the great diversity of bird bills and how they are suited to each individual bird—and to that bird’s favorite meal!

  • Jan 10

    On-site Lecture | How Birds Work: Bills

    Bills come in all sorts of sizes and shapes, from the needle-like bills of swallows for picking insects out of the air, to hummingbirds' long and curved bills for probing into the base of a flower, to the robust bill of the evening grosbeak for cracking into seeds. Some even have special features, like pressure sensors that allow shorebirds to detect food without touching it. Join Dr. Lorna Gibson, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, to look at the great diversity of bird bills and how they are suited to each individual bird—and to that bird’s favorite meal!