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{"83865":"Dusk in January is a perfect time to look and listen for Great Horned Owls, often heard calling throughout the Arboretum\u2019s collections. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan and Zoo New England's Matthew Kamm to hear about the owls' breeding and nesting behavior, learn how to go owling ethically, and possibly hear and see a few owls as well. ","83884":"Take in the sights and sounds of the arboretum under the light of a full moon. Facilitator Bob Linscott will lead the group through some mindfulness in nature practices as we meander along the paved road to our final nighttime viewing location on top of Bussey Hill.","83916":"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.","83926":"Join us for a winter foraging walk to learn what wild plants can be foraged and brewed into tea. Visit some of the Arboretum's tastiest winter plants, from sweet birch and sweet fern to sassafras and spicebush. You may even get to taste some of the teas yourself! Led by Manager of Adult Programming and Events Sarah Nechamen and Horticulturist Brendan Keegan.","83936":"Hundreds of mushrooms hide beneath the Arboretum\u2019s canopies, silently blossoming into unique forms then withering away again just as quickly. Join local mushroom enthusiast Maria Pinto to search for these fascinating organisms on the Arboretum grounds, both edible and poisonous alike. Along the way you will learn what mushrooms to look for in different habitats and seasons, how they move through ecosystems, and what the Arboretum\u2019s unique collections affect what mushrooms you might find here.\u00a0\u00a0","83945":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","83978":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","83993":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","83999":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","84013":"Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of landscape architecture, designed some 500 public spaces in North America. The Arnold Arboretum, the only arboretum he designed, is a National Historic Landmark and a model for others around the world. Arboretum docent, Bill Beizer, will identify the elements of the Arnold Arboretum that best reflect Olmsted's philosophy and approach to landscape design.","84025":"What is there to see at the Arboretum after all of the leaves have fallen and before spring flowers start to bloom? Bark! Shaggy bark, mottled bark, striped bark: the Arboretum has it all. Join Horticulturist Rachel Lawlor to see some beautiful bark highlights, learn how to identify some trees by their bark, and learn why that bark looks the way it does.\u00a0","84041":"With mating season just getting started, February is one of the best times to see signs of the Arboretum's resident coyote population. Join Horticulturist and wildlife enthusiast Brendan Keegan to look for coyote tracks and scat, check our trail cameras, and find out why all these coyotes are in Boston in the first place.\u00a0","84062":"","84080":"","84100":"What is a conifer, exactly? How is it different from an evergreen, or a gymnosperm? Join docent Paul Eldrenkamp as he leads us through the different types of conifers and how to identify them, the reasons behind their distinctive needle-like forms, and their rise and fall in evolutionary history.","84114":"How exactly are you supposed to prune that hydrangea shrub in your backyard? Join Horticulturist Ryan Devlin for this practical workshop to find out what kinds of cuts to make and where, so that you can make sure your shrubs and vines are looking their best going into the next growing season.","84136":"Winter can feel like one of the hardest times to identify trees, with most of their characteristic leaves and flowers gone for the season. But with help from experienced horticulturist and plant science teacher Nicole Forsyth, you can start identifying common winter trees from the woods and streets of Massachusetts based only on their bark, buds, twigs, and persistent fruit. This class will begin indoors with a presentation in the lecture hall, and then move outside for some identification practice in the landscape.","84148":"The Many Moods of the Arboretum is a series of digital photographs taken across the Arboretum over the last 10 years. These images were captured in a sequence of still images and then stitched together into panoramas, showing the full breadth of the landscape better than a single square image ever could. This exhibition captures the beauty and uniqueness of Arboretum trees and landscapes through the cycling of days and seasons, further underlined by the \"Little Planet\" square-format images in which panoramas are curved back on themselves to create circular images that reflect the cycles of the earth itself.","84160":"Join us for a winter foraging walk to learn what wild plants can be foraged and brewed into tea. Visit some of the Arboretum's tastiest winter plants, from sweet birch and sweet fern to sassafras and spicebush. You may even get to taste some of the teas yourself! Led by Manager of Adult Programming and Events Sarah Nechamen and Horticulturist Brendan Keegan.","84172":"Horticulturists use grafting to fuse together different plants, taking positive traits from each to create maximum disease resistance, drought tolerance, and more. Join Greenhouse Assistant Manager of Plant Production Chris Copeland to learn how grafting works and why we do it, including a walk around the landscape and greenhouses to find graft unions-- both those created by Arboretum staff and those that have occurred naturally. We will end the class with a chance to see Chris and his grafting tools in action, as he dices and splices plants together using a variety of grafting techniques.","84591":"We invite you to participate in a one-day Courage to Teach\u00ae retreat experience for Boston Public School teachers and teachers in the greater Boston area. Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, Courage to Teach\u00ae is rooted in the belief that good teaching flows from the identity and integrity of the teacher. This professional development opportunity focuses on renewing the inner lives and well-being of educators. You will experience invitations, alone and together with other educators, to reflect on your life and teaching through an exploration of the natural world, woven together with insights from poets, storytellers, mindfulness, and the arts.","85842":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","85850":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","85856":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","85866":"Hundreds of mushrooms hide beneath the Arboretum\u2019s canopies, silently blossoming into unique forms then withering away again just as quickly. Join local mushroom enthusiast Maria Pinto to search for these fascinating organisms on the Arboretum grounds, both edible and poisonous alike. Along the way you will learn what mushrooms to look for in different habitats and seasons, how they move through ecosystems, and what the Arboretum\u2019s unique collections affect what mushrooms you might find here.\u00a0\u00a0","85874":"In 2021, Arboretum staff started transforming a large swath of grass next to the Weld Hill Research Building into the thriving pollinator meadow that it is today. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan, the main caretaker for this space, to learn how to make this transformation with your own lawn. This primarily indoor class will cover how to remove your current turfgrass, select the right plants, plant your meadow, and keep it flourishing for years to come.","85900":"Dusk is a perfect time to look and listen for Great Horned Owls, often heard calling throughout the Arboretum\u2019s collections. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan and Zoo New England's Matthew Kamm to hear about the owls' breeding and nesting behavior, learn how to go owling ethically, and possibly hear and see a few owls as well. ","85909":"Bring your enthusiasm for the natural world and leave with a creative nature journal, inspired by the trees of the Arnold Arboretum. Nature journaling is all about expressing your curiosity and wonder through sketching, calligraphy, writing, or other forms of art-making. Tap into your creativity and let yourself be surprised by the diversity of forms on display in the winter landscape.","85928":"What is a conifer, exactly? How is it different from an evergreen, or a gymnosperm? Join docent Paul Eldrenkamp as he leads us through the different types of conifers and how to identify them, the reasons behind their distinctive needle-like forms, and their rise and fall in evolutionary history.","85937":"Dusk is a perfect time to look and listen for Great Horned Owls, often heard calling throughout the Arboretum\u2019s collections. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan to hear about the owls' breeding and nesting behavior, learn how to go owling ethically, and possibly hear and see a few owls as well. ","85967":"Join us for a bird walk designed for a blind or visually impaired audience. This program is co-led by Jerry Berrier, a blind birder who has been birding by ear for over 50 years, and Brendan Keegan, an Arboretum Horticulturist and naturalist. Together, Jerry and Brendan will reveal the birds of the Arboretum through detailed verbal descriptions and by teaching participants the art of birding by ear.","86246":"Join Arborist Apprentice Delia Mahoney and Gardener Maren Gunning for a class on chainsaw maintenance and safety, designed specifically for women. Learn how to develop safe work habits, use proper PPE, maintain your chainsaw, and make effective cuts. The class will also cover the ergonomics of chainsaw use for women, so that you can wield a chainsaw without acute or repetitive strain injuries. ","86289":"Join Head Arborist John Del Rosso for an interactive workshop on chainsaw maintenance and safety. Designed for professionals and gardeners with some chainsaw experience, you will learn how to best maintain your chainsaw, make effective felling cuts and tension cuts, use proper PPE, and develop safe work habits.","86866":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","86872":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","86951":"Take in the sights and sounds of the arboretum under the light of a full moon. Facilitator Bob Linscott will lead the group through some mindfulness in nature practices as we meander along the paved road to our final nighttime viewing location on top of Bussey Hill.","86974":"Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of landscape architecture, designed some 500 public spaces in North America. The Arnold Arboretum, the only arboretum he designed, is a National Historic Landmark and a model for others around the world. Arboretum docent, Bill Beizer, will identify the elements of the Arnold Arboretum that best reflect Olmsted's philosophy and approach to landscape design.","86987":"Embark on a birdwatching walk in the Arboretum's landscape with birder and wildlife photographer Michael Bryant, AKA Nature Man Mike. This two-hour walk is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. Binoculars will be available to borrow on a first-come-first-serve basis, but you are encouraged to bring your own!","87005":"The Arboretum's Herbarium contains over 100 thousand dried and preserved plants, and almost half were taken from the Arboretum's own collections. These Herbarium specimens offer a blast from the past for these historic trees, and this unique program offers a chance to see both ends of the timeline: we will begin inside the Herbarium with a look at historical specimens from decades ago, and then head outside to see the trees they grew into.","87028":"Join us for a tour of the Arboretum, designed for a blind or visually impaired audience. Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent, as you experience the Arboretum through smell, touch, sound, and detailed verbal descriptions.","87128":"Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of landscape architecture, designed some 500 public spaces in North America. The Arnold Arboretum, the only arboretum he designed, is a National Historic Landmark and a model for others around the world. Arboretum docent, Bill Beizer, will identify the elements of the Arnold Arboretum that best reflect Olmsted's philosophy and approach to landscape design.","87141":"Take in the sights and sounds of the arboretum under the light of a full moon. Facilitator Bob Linscott will lead the group through some mindfulness in nature practices as we meander along the paved road to our final nighttime viewing location on top of Bussey Hill.","87174":"Did you know you can eat parts of the magnolia tree? What about stinging nettle? Join local foraging expert Tyler Akabane for a plant foraging walk to look for wild edibles in the Arboretum landscape, and learn how to identify and safely prepare a wide variety of wild edible plants.","87355":"Make beautiful 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.","87368":"Birders, beginning and experienced, are invited to join Bob Mayer on a two-hour walk from the main Arborway Gate. Come see the wide array of birds that make the Arboretum their home, and admire the Arboretum's woody plant collections along the way.","87383":"April is National Native Plant Month, and the Arboretum is teeming with native plants: redbuds, azaleas, oaks, maples, even herbaceous plants like cattails. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan for a walk to see the Arboretum's native plants, explore their value to the ecosystem, and learn which woody natives to pick for landscaping your own yard or garden.","87398":"In April, flowers are just starting to emerge from the trees and shrubs of the Arboretum: cherry trees, dogwood, redbuds, and magnolias are all blooming this time of year. Join Arboretum docent Paul Eldrenkamp to see, smell, and learn about these early spring blooms! ","87409":"Hundreds of mushrooms hide beneath the Arboretum\u2019s canopies, silently blossoming into unique forms then withering away again just as quickly. Join local mushroom enthusiast Maria Pinto to search for these fascinating organisms on the Arboretum grounds, both edible and poisonous alike. Along the way you will learn what mushrooms to look for in different habitats and seasons, how they move through ecosystems, and what the Arboretum\u2019s unique collections affect what mushrooms you might find here.\u00a0\u00a0","87418":"Birders, beginning and experienced, are invited to join Bob Mayer on a two-hour walk from the main Arborway Gate. Come see the wide array of birds that make the Arboretum their home, and admire the Arboretum's woody plant collections along the way.","87430":"Experience the springtime bloom of our renowned lilac collection with Lilac Sunday, offering fun, free explorations for the entire family. The event features ongoing tours of the Arboretum\u2019s lilacs and other plant collections, as well as guided meditations,\u00a0art, family activities, and picnicking on this day only. Visitors may also enjoy a host of self-guided tours, including a lilac tour, via the Arboretum website and its Expeditions app. ","87467":"The Arnold is considered the \"Mother Arboretum\" for the modern crabapple, with over 50 species and 91 cultivars represented throughout the landscape. Join Assistant Curator of Living Collections Miles Sax for a tour of the flowering crabapples on Peters Hill as they reach peak bloom during the month of May, and learn about the history and conservation of this fascinating collection.","87478":"Birders, beginning and experienced, are invited to join Bob Mayer on a two-hour walk from the main Arborway Gate. Come see the wide array of birds that make the Arboretum their home, and admire the Arboretum's woody plant collections along the way.","87487":"The Arboretum is full of plants that can be used to make alcohol. We have the classics like grapes, hops, and juniper, as well as ingredients for more obscure liquors and liqueurs like sweet birch, bamboo, spruce, and sassafras. Join Manager of Adult Programming and Events Sarah Nechamen for a walk to explore these plants and the spirits they create.","87513":"Slow down and awaken your senses on a guided therapeutic experience in the Arnold Arboretum. Forest Bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, is a restorative sensory exploration and part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization. All the prompts, invitations, sharing and ways of participating are optional and open to interpretation.","87543":"Some of the easiest wild edible plants to find are the ones we pull out of our gardens all the time: weeds! Lamsquarters, chickweed, purslane, wood sorrel, and more-- all edible and all extremely common, both in our backyards and in urban wilds across the city. And the Arboretum's Bussey Brook Meadow is the perfect habitat for these weedy plants, so join Sarah Nechamen, Manager of Adult Education and Events, for a walk through the meadow to learn how to find, identify, and prepare these edible weeds.","87562":"Join docent Lisa Gaquin for a brisk early morning walk along the inside perimeter of the Arboretum. This walk will be fast-paced, energetic, and will involve walking over hills and rough terrain. Note that this is not a traditional tour: you may hear some information about individual trees and history, but the main goal is to get outside and get some exercise! Bring good walking shoes, water, and walking poles if desired.","87580":"Lilacs are blooming in the Arboretum throughout the month of May, not only on Lilac Sunday! Join our enthusiastic docents on a 45-minute amble up the hill from the ponds to see the lilacs, enjoy their scents, and hear the stories of the many different lilacs in our collection.","87618":"Almost all of the plants in the Arboretum begin their lives in the Dana Greenhouses. Join greenhouse staff for a behind-the-scenes look of the greenhouse growing process, from seed to sprout to seedling to tree.","87711":"Unwind with this weekly evening meditation under the shade of the linden collection. Facilitator Bob Linscott will guide the group through 30 minutes of mindfulness and meditation designed to help you de-stress and connect with the natural world.","87728":"Nature has the power to evoke calm and beauty when we can step out of our hectic lives. This immersive experience in the Arnold Arboretum will invite participants to meander through the arboretum, stopping for several guided mindfulness practices to deepen their connection with the natural world. This will be a guided experience with some periods of silence. No experience with mindfulness or meditation necessary.","88722":"Boston is expected to experience a partial eclipse on April 8, and where better to see it than the summit of Peters Hill, the Arboretum's tallest hill and one of the highest points in Boston? Join docent Kevin Schofield for a tour of Peters Hill, home to white pines, dawn redwoods, bamboo, ginkgoes, larches, and a truly magnificent crabapple collection. The tour will end at the summit, where you will get a chance to view the partial eclipse through eclipse-safe sunglasses provided by the Arboretum.","89665":"Join us for a Tree Mob on Winter Hazel as it bursts into bloom in the Centre Street beds. This attractive shrub is easy to maintain and makes a wonderful landscape plant, so join Horticulturist Ryan Devlin on March 29th to learn about this beautiful witch-hazel relative.","89228":"","89820":"Come celebrate Japanese culture amongst the Arboretum's beautiful cherry blossoms, with Taiko drumming by local band KM2 and calligraphy and Japanese games by the Showa Boston Institute. The Taiko drumming will be taking place from 6:00-6:30, with Showa activities before and after. ","90390":"Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of landscape architecture, designed some 500 public spaces in North America. The Arnold Arboretum, the only arboretum he designed, is a National Historic Landmark and a model for others around the world. Arboretum docent, Bill Beizer, will identify the elements of the Arnold Arboretum that best reflect Olmsted's philosophy and approach to landscape design.","90518":"Find out how tree planting works at the Arnold Arboretum and look on as Arboretum staff plant an Eastern Redbud, a tree the Arbor Day Foundation calls the \"harbinger of spring\" due to its early-blooming pink flowers. From collecting the seed, to growing the tree in our greenhouses, to finally planting the tree and taking care of it throughout its young life, a lot of work goes in to tree planting here at the Arboretum. Horticulture staff Rowan Payne-Meyer and Ryan Devlin will talk us through the process as we celebrate Arbor Day by planting one of our own beautiful Redbud trees.","91719":"Join Arboretum Director Ned Friedman for a tour of the spruce collection to see a rainbow of young cones at their peak.","91954":"One of the earliest viburnums to bloom in the Arboretum, Viburnum furcatum or scarlet leaved viburnum is full of interesting and unique botany, biogeography, and history. Join Keeper of the Living Collections Michael Dosmann for a Tree Mob to learn about this fascinating and beautiful plant.","92503":"Celebrate summertime with Candy O'Terry and Colleen Esposito, mother-daughter co-authors of the illustrated children's book Nelson's Garden. Best described as a partially true, mostly made-up story, Nelson's Garden is about a man named Nelson McNutt from Weston, Massachusetts, and two little girls with a summer wish to learn how to grow a garden. Book readings at 2:15 and 3:15 will also include songs, a table-sized garden mural coloring project, and more. ","93856":"Join the Arnold Arboretum\u2019s Director William (Ned) Friedman for a guided tour of the Arboretum, designed for those with dementia and their caregivers. Connect with nature, view seasonal plant highlights, and enjoy the beautiful flowers of the Arboretum in late spring.","93979":"When the sun sets and darkness settles on the Arboretum for the night, every now and then the dark is interrupted by the flash of a firefly. Join Professor Adam South of Tufts University for an evening Firefly Walk to learn about the lives of the fireflies that live here, the mechanics of how they light up, and how these unique insects are being impacted by pesticides and light pollution.","94002":"Unwind with this weekly evening meditation under the shade of the linden collection. Facilitator Bob Linscott will guide the group through 30 minutes of mindfulness and meditation designed to help you de-stress and connect with the natural world.","94025":"La naturaleza tiene el poder de evocar la tranquilidad y la belleza cuando conseguimos alejarnos de nuestras ajetreadas vidas.\u00a0 Esta experiencia de inmersi\u00f3n en el Arnold Arboretum dura dos horas y media e invita a los participantes a pasearse por el Arboretum, deteni\u00e9ndose para praticar varias experiencias guiadas de conciencia plena con el fin de profundizar la conexi\u00f3n con el mundo natural.\u00a0 Esta experiencia ser\u00e1 guiada y haran algunos periodos de silencio. No es necesario tener experiencia con la conciencia plena o con la meditaci\u00f3n.","94119":"Embark on a birdwatching walk in the Arboretum's landscape with docent and birder Donna Sullivan. This two-hour walk is suitable for adult beginners as well as more experienced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them!","94234":"MassQing is an art-form that uses the human face as a canvas to reveal one's inner state. Learn the origin, technique and meaning of this practice and then engage firsthand in the conception and creation of your own MassQ.","94505":"Join us for a reception celebrating our latest art exhibition: \"Resilient Spirits\" by Freda Shapiro. As an artist, Shapiro seeks out visuals that resonate with her concerns around troubling environmental, political, or societal issues. She portrays some of these intersections through themes of nature\u2019s resilience and decay, centering her artwork around the forgotten detritus found on her frequent explorations, and the endurance and survival instincts that the natural world shows even through hard times. Resilient Spirits highlights such resilience, reminding us of a time when the Arboretum lays cold and dormant, even as we see new growth and blooms in the heat of summer.","94677":"Join us for this unique storytelling event where participants come together to share their personal experiences around nature, plants, or the Arboretum itself. Come prepared with a 5-minute story, or just come to listen. All interested storytellers will put their name in a hat and we will pull as many names as we have time for: registering helps us to plan but doesn't guarantee you a storytelling slot! Seating will be on the grass so blankets and camp chairs are encouraged.","94525":"Harvard's Glass Flowers, the Harvard University Herbarium, and artist Sonia Ralston's digital botanical models: one is made of glass, one is dried and pressed, and one exists only in the digital space, yet they all exist for the same purpose. Join us for a virtual panel-style talk to compare these vastly different methods of representing and preserving plants. Explore the value of these collections within the modern age of photography, the art and science of creating them, and their role in research, learning, and public appreciation of plants.","94711":"Nature has the power to evoke calm and beauty when we can step out of our hectic lives. This immersive experience in the Arnold Arboretum will invite participants to meander through the arboretum, stopping for several guided mindfulness practices to deepen their connection with the natural world. This will be a guided experience with some periods of silence. No experience with mindfulness or meditation necessary.","94748":"","94224":"Mountain laurels are as fascinating as the are beautiful, with stamens that catapult pollen onto their pollinators and wood that is so easy to carve that it was nicknamed \"spoonwood.\" Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan for a walk to learn about the botany, ecology, and cultural significance of these beautiful flowers at peak bloom.","94461":"When the sun sets and darkness settles on the Arboretum for the night, every now and then the dark is interrupted by the flash of a firefly. Join Professor Adam South of Tufts University for an evening Firefly Walk to learn about the lives of the fireflies that live here, the mechanics of how they light up, and how these unique insects are being impacted by pesticides and light pollution.","94467":"When the sun sets and darkness settles on the Arboretum for the night, every now and then the dark is interrupted by the flash of a firefly. Join Professor Adam South of Tufts University for an evening Firefly Walk to learn about the lives of the fireflies that live here, the mechanics of how they light up, and how these unique insects are being impacted by pesticides and light pollution.","94451":"Can you identify the trees around you when you're walking through the streets of Boston or hiking in New England forests? Join experienced horticulturist and plant science teacher Nicole Forsyth for a class on identifying common trees and shrubs in Massachusetts, from elms and honeylocust to lindens and witch-hazels. This class will begin indoors with a presentation in the lecture hall, and then move outside for some identification practice in the landscape. ","94541":"Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of landscape architecture, designed some 500 public spaces in North America. The Arnold Arboretum, the only arboretum he designed, is a National Historic Landmark and a model for others around the world. Arboretum docent, Bill Beizer, will identify the elements of the Arnold Arboretum that best reflect Olmsted's philosophy and approach to landscape design.","95187":"Join us in the Arboretum's oak collection for a lively performance of African drumming and dancing, with Malian musician Joh Camara and his award winning dance company Troupe Sewa. This professional international ensemble of dancers and musicians offers exciting, masterful performances of traditional West African drumming and dance. Their work is based on traditional rhythms and dance steps, woven together through original stories. This performance will take place on the grass: blankets or camp chairs are encouraged.","94551":"Join Linda Wells, \"The Wellness Warrior,\" for a monthly yoga series in the rose garden throughout the summer. This is an inclusive, adaptable practice outdoors for everyone regardless of age, size, shape, and abilities.","94576":"The Arboretum is partnering with Skip the Small Talk to help Arboretum visitors get to know each other (and themselves) on a deeper level, all while walking through the beautiful Arboretum landscape. With conversational prompts posted at strategic points around the landscape, we'll pair you off and send you on your way to start your conversation. Each time we reach a stopping point, the group will shuffle and everyone will get a new partner and a new topic. The prompts and structure are designed to create close connections with new people, without all the awkwardness.","94612":"Almost all of the plants in the Arboretum begin their lives in the Dana Greenhouses. Join greenhouse staff for a behind-the-scenes look of the greenhouse growing process, from seed to sprout to seedling to tree.","94624":"Embark on a birdwatching walk in the Arboretum's landscape with docent and birder Donna Sullivan. This two-hour walk is suitable for adult beginners as well as more experienced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them!","94632":"Hundreds of mushrooms hide beneath the Arboretum\u2019s canopies, silently blossoming into unique forms then withering away again just as quickly. Join local mushroom enthusiast Maria Pinto to search for these fascinating organisms on the Arboretum grounds, both edible and poisonous alike. Along the way you will learn what mushrooms to look for in different habitats and seasons, how they move through ecosystems, and what the Arboretum\u2019s unique collections affect what mushrooms you might find here.\u00a0\u00a0","94640":"Embark on a birdwatching walk in the Arboretum's landscape with birder and wildlife photographer Michael Bryant, AKA Nature Man Mike. This two-hour walk is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. Binoculars will be available to borrow on a first-come-first-serve basis, but you are encouraged to bring your own!","94652":"An arborist and an ecological maximalist, Nicholas Anderson believes that creating a beautiful landscape doesn't need to involve buying expensive plant plugs or meticulously weeding and fertilizing. Instead, he collects seeds and rhizomes from the many charismatic native \"weeds\" that grow abundantly in our fields and forests and plants them relentlessly, quickly filling the space with beautiful and ecologically beneficial plants that push out anything that wasn't invited. Join Nicholas for a talk on his maximalist approach from 2-3pm, followed by an optional walk through the grounds from 3-3:45pm to see some of the plants best suited for this type of landscaping.","94669":"Invasive plants across the world threaten to take over ecosystems and choke out native plants, and the Arboretum is no exception to this struggle. Join Horticulturist Ryan Devlin to find out how staff are managing invasive plants here, learn what characteristics make a plant invasive, and start identifying the invasives you see all around you.","94693":"If our ears were 100 times more powerful than they are, we would be able to hear the sounds produced by trees themselves: water moving through the trunks and branches, small critters moving around in the wood or the canopy. We would even be able to hear how plants receive and respond to sound waves produced by other beings. Our ears are not this powerful, but artist, researcher, and educator Jacek Smolicki has created microphones and recording systems that are, and he has captured these sounds in the Arboretum and around the world. oin us for a sound walk to listen to the sounds being made by plants and other creatures in the Arboretum, specially amplified by Smolicki\u2019s equipment, and to hear recordings made previously in the Arboretum and other environments. ","94845":"Did you know you can eat cattails? What about stinging nettle? Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan for an evening foraging walk to look for wild edibles in the Arboretum landscape. Learn how to identify, sustainably harvest, and safely prepare a wide variety of wild edible plants.","94939":"The Bradley Rosaceous Collection has beautiful roses on display in a stunning rainbow of colors\u2013but roses are not the only thing you will find in this garden. There are many other plants in the rose family, from crabapples and cherries to hawthorn and medlar. Join Horticulturist Rachel Lawlor for a tour of the Bradley Rosaceous Collection and learn about the wide variety of Rosaceae species, the susceptibility of this family to pests and disease, how the Arboretum is handling these challenges, and how this unique garden came to be.","94951":"The Arboretum is full of plants that can be used to make alcohol. We have the classics like grapes, hops, and juniper, as well as ingredients for more obscure liquors and liqueurs like sweet birch, spruce, and bamboo. Join Manager of Adult Programming and Events Sarah Nechamen for a walk to explore these plants and the spirits they create.","94964":"Embark on a birdwatching walk in the Arboretum's landscape with docent and birder Donna Sullivan. This two-hour walk is suitable for adult beginners as well as more experienced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them!","94972":"In our perilous times, trees offer examples of resilience and precariousness, growth and generosity. How do we invite them into our writing? Join Matthew Battles, editor of Arnoldia, the Arboretum's quarterly magazine, for an immersive workshop to practice writing under, about, and in collaboration with trees.\n\nParticipants will move throughout the landscape to engage trees in the Arboretum's collection while writing, reflecting, and sharing their discoveries.","94988":"Join Nicole Forsyth, horticulturist and plant science educator, for a primer on all things botany: different plant parts and what they do, the movement of water and nutrients around the plant, gas exchange, plant reproduction and more. No prior botany knowledge needed! Whether you're looking for a botany refresher or learning plant form and function for the first time, this class will give you the basics you need to know.","95002":"The stately beeches of the Arboretum used to tower over other trees\u2013and some still do\u2013but pests, diseases, and other pathogens have taken their toll in recent years. Join Arborist Apprentice and beech enthusiast Delia Mahoney for a walk in the beech collection and learn about the challenges these trees have faced, what the Arboretum is doing in response, and what the collection looked like in years past.","95017":"Eco-printing is an art-form which uses water, metal, and heat to transfer the natural color and shape of a plant onto paper, creating beautiful botanical prints. The group will learn about different methods of eco-printing, then head outside to collect plants from the Arboretum grounds and turn them into their own eco-printing creations. This program has a small capacity: please don't register unless you are very sure you can attend, and if your plans change, please use the link in your confirmation email to cancel your registration.","95033":"Some of the Arboretum's smallest residents are its most ecologically important: dozens of ant species support the plants and wildlife here by spreading seeds, pollinating flowers, and decomposing fallen trees. Join Horticulturist and naturalist Brendan Keegan to learn about the remarkable effect these largely unnoticed ant species have on the Arboretum landscape.","95056":"Nature has the power to evoke calm and beauty when we can step out of our hectic lives. This immersive experience in the Arnold Arboretum will invite participants to meander through the arboretum, stopping for several guided mindfulness practices to deepen their connection with the natural world. This will be a guided experience with some periods of silence. No experience with mindfulness or meditation necessary.","95064":"When Amy Stewart discovered a community of tree collectors, she expected to meet horticultural fanatics driven to plant every species of oak or maple. What she discovered was that the urge to collect trees springs from something deeper and more profound, whether it is a longing for community, a vision for the future, or a path to healing and reconciliation. In her new book, The Tree Collectors: Tales of Arboreal Obsession, Stewart brings us fifty vignettes of remarkable people whose lives have been transformed by their obsessive passion for trees. Join us for a virtual book talk with New York Times bestselling author Amy Stewart as she takes us through her remarkable new work.","95087":"Join us for an interactive look at all the tiny critters that crawl, fly, or slither through the Arboretum landscape. 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All events at the Arboretum are free.

Monthly Weekly Daily List
July 2024
Plant with dark green heart shaped leaves and cone shaped white flowers

Invasive Plants at the Arboretum

Invasive plants across the world threaten to take over ecosystems and choke out native plants, and the Arboretum is no exception to this struggle. Join Horticulturist Ryan Devlin to find out how staff are managing invasive plants here, learn what characteristics make a plant invasive, and start identifying the invasives you see all around you.
18 Jul
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
in front of the Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
Microphone

Arboretum Story Slam

Join us for this unique storytelling event where participants come together to share their personal experiences around nature, plants, or the Arboretum itself. Come prepared with a 5-minute story, or just come to listen. All interested storytellers will put their name in a hat and we will pull as many names as we have time for: registering helps us to plan but doesn't guarantee you a storytelling slot! Seating will be on the grass so blankets and camp chairs are encouraged.
19 Jul
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bradley Rosaceous Collection
8V2J+W9M Boston, Massachusetts
Small group of people sitting on a grassy field

Meandering Meditation for Visually Impaired Participants

Nature has the power to evoke calm and beauty when we can step out of our hectic lives. This immersive experience in the Arnold Arboretum will invite participants to meander through the arboretum, stopping for several guided mindfulness practices to deepen their connection with the natural world. This will be a guided experience with some periods of silence. No experience with mindfulness or meditation necessary.
20 Jul
9:00 am - 11:30 am
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Jacek Smolicki listening to tree sounds.

Nature Amplified: The Secret Sounds of Trees Sold Out

If our ears were 100 times more powerful than they are, we would be able to hear the sounds produced by trees themselves: water moving through the trunks and branches, small critters moving around in the wood or the canopy. We would even be able to hear how plants receive and respond to sound waves produced by other beings. Our ears are not this powerful, but artist, researcher, and educator Jacek Smolicki has created microphones and recording systems that are, and he has captured these sounds in the Arboretum and around the world. oin us for a sound walk to listen to the sounds being made by plants and other creatures in the Arboretum, specially amplified by Smolicki’s equipment, and to hear recordings made previously in the Arboretum and other environments.
20 Jul
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Hunnewell Lecture Hall
8V4H+WM Boston, Massachusetts

Plant Foraging Sold Out

Did you know you can eat cattails? What about stinging nettle? Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan for an evening foraging walk to look for wild edibles in the Arboretum landscape. Learn how to identify, sustainably harvest, and safely prepare a wide variety of wild edible plants.
23 Jul
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
in front of the Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
3 women walk down a long forest path

Morning Fitness Walk

Join docent Lisa Gaquin for a brisk early morning walk along the inside perimeter of the Arboretum. This walk will be fast-paced, energetic, and will involve walking over hills and rough terrain. Note that this is not a traditional tour: you may hear some information about individual trees and history, but the main goal is to get outside and get some exercise! Bring good walking shoes, water, and walking poles if desired.
24 Jul
8:00 am - 9:30 am
in front of the Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA

Rose Collection Up Close Sold Out

The Bradley Rosaceous Collection has beautiful roses on display in a stunning rainbow of colors–but roses are not the only thing you will find in this garden. There are many other plants in the rose family, from crabapples and cherries to hawthorn and medlar. Join Horticulturist Rachel Lawlor for a tour of the Bradley Rosaceous Collection and learn about the wide variety of Rosaceae species, the susceptibility of this family to pests and disease, how the Arboretum is handling these challenges, and how this unique garden came to be.
28 Jul
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bradley Rosaceous Collection
8V2J+W9M Boston, Massachusetts
Grapes, wine, beer, and hops in a grid-pattern

The Botany of Booze

The Arboretum is full of plants that can be used to make alcohol. We have the classics like grapes, hops, and juniper, as well as ingredients for more obscure liquors and liqueurs like sweet birch, spruce, and bamboo. Join Manager of Adult Programming and Events Sarah Nechamen for a walk to explore these plants and the spirits they create.
30 Jul
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
in front of the Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
August 2024
House Finch. Photograph by Bob Mayer.

Birding at the Arboretum

Embark on a birdwatching walk in the Arboretum's landscape with docent and birder Donna Sullivan. This two-hour walk is suitable for adult beginners as well as more experienced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them!
03 Aug
8:00 am - 10:00 am
in front of the Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
Person writing in a notebook

Writing in the Company of Trees

In our perilous times, trees offer examples of resilience and precariousness, growth and generosity. How do we invite them into our writing? Join Matthew Battles, editor of Arnoldia, the Arboretum's quarterly magazine, for an immersive workshop to practice writing under, about, and in collaboration with trees. Participants will move throughout the landscape to engage trees in the Arboretum's collection while writing, reflecting, and sharing their discoveries.
03 Aug
10:00 am - 11:30 am
in front of the Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
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