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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

  • Jun 27
    Sep 05
    Art book in the form of a dragonfly

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

    This unique show is an invitational of fourteen artists from New England Book Artists. They all use the framework of a book to create a personal vision of nature. Works of art fold, accordion, pop up, and display cut outs and tunnels, treating the traditional world of two dimensions as something permeable, and the traditional book world as a place of personal discovery and reverence.

  • Jul 31
    Aug 31

    Guided Tours

    Join us for a walk through the Arboretum! Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent.

  • Jul 31
    Oct 03
    Art, hand stitched quilt

    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.

  • Aug 18
    Volunteer chatting with a visitor in the bonsai and penjing pavilion.

    Bonsai and Penjing Information

    Visit the Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion from 11am–1pm to learn about this collection of historic trees from our knowledgeable docents.

  • Aug 23

    Virtual Livestream | Tree Mob: Solar Array Pollinator Garden

    The solar array meadow at the Arboretum's Weld Hill Research and Administration Building is now teaming with plant life and buzzing with pollinators. Join Arboretum Horticulturist Brendan Keegan to learn about the solar array and the native, wild-collected plants growing around it.

  • Aug 29
    Bonsai and Penjing Collection

    Bonsai and Penjing Information

    Visit the Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion from 11am–1pm to learn about this collection of historic trees from our knowledgeable docents.

  • Sep 13

    Virtual Livestream | Director’s Series | Journeys: The Arnold Arboretum Meets the World’s Plants and Peoples

    Join the Arnold Arboretum’s Director William (Ned) Friedman for the annual Director’s Series! To celebrate the Arboretum’s sesquicentennial, this year’s series will explore the Magic and Meaning of a Garden of Trees. Over the course of four sessions, we will trace the Arnold’s significance in the landscape architecture movement, value for the people of Boston, and leadership in creating global connections between plants and people. This session will consist of brief presentations and a moderated panel. The program is free and will be offered both in person and livestreamed.

  • Sep 13

    On-site Lecture | Director’s Series | Journeys: The Arnold Arboretum Meets the World’s Plants and Peoples

    Join the Arnold Arboretum’s Director William (Ned) Friedman for the annual Director’s Series! To celebrate the Arboretum’s sesquicentennial, this year’s series will explore the Magic and Meaning of a Garden of Trees. Over the course of four sessions, we will trace the Arnold’s significance in the landscape architecture movement, value for the people of Boston, and leadership in creating global connections between plants and people. This session will consist of brief presentations and a moderated panel. The program is free and will be offered both in person and livestreamed.

  • 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, audio descriptions, ASL, and CART to make the work accessible in the spirit of universal design enjoyed by all.

    More Information Coming Soon
  • Sep 23
    Sep 25

    Caterpillar Lab

    The Caterpillar Lab returns to the Arboretum for three days packed with caterpillar displays, free-exploration programming, digital microscopes, and experienced educators on hand to give you insights into these amazing animals. Visit the Hunnewell Visitor Center at 125 Arborway from 10:00am–noon and 1:00–4:00pm each day.

  • Oct 05

    On-site Lecture | Plant Life Book Talk

    Rosetta S. Elkin reveals that planting a tree can either be one of the ultimate offerings to thriving on this planet, or one of the most extreme perversions of human agency over it. Plant Life exposes the relationship between human and plant life, revealing that afforestation is not an ecological act: rather, it is deliberately political and distressingly social.

  • Oct 05

    Virtual Livestream | Plant Life Book Talk

    Rosetta S. Elkin reveals that planting a tree can either be one of the ultimate offerings to thriving on this planet, or one of the most extreme perversions of human agency over it. Plant Life exposes the relationship between human and plant life, revealing that afforestation is not an ecological act: rather, it is deliberately political and distressingly social.

  • Oct 07
    Oct 09

    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 7
  • Oct 14
    Feb 13

    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 was permitted by the Arboretum’s curation department to observe the ‘spontaneous flora’ of lichens occurring in the landscape. The resulting works highlight the texture, depth, and form of lichen against the surface of ceramic.

    Exhibition Opens October 14
  • Oct 14
    Feb 06

    Art Show | The Overstory, Richard Powers, Handmade Scroll by Artist 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. (Image: Thomas Little)

    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 25

    On-site Lecture | Director’s Series | Obsessions: Fellow Organisms in the Arnold Arboretum

    Join the Arnold Arboretum’s Director William (Ned) Friedman for the annual Director’s Series! To celebrate the Arboretum’s sesquicentennial, this year’s series will explore the Magic and Meaning of a Garden of Trees. Over the course of four sessions, we will trace the Arnold’s significance in the landscape architecture movement, value for the people of Boston, and leadership in creating global connections between plants and people. This final session will feature a talk from Director Friedman on fellow organisms in the Arboretum. The program is free and will be offered both in person and livestreamed.

  • Oct 25

    Virtual Livestream | Director’s Series | Obsessions: Fellow Organisms in the Arnold Arboretum

    Join the Arnold Arboretum’s Director William (Ned) Friedman for the annual Director’s Series! To celebrate the Arboretum’s sesquicentennial, this year’s series will explore the Magic and Meaning of a Garden of Trees. Over the course of four sessions, we will trace the Arnold’s significance in the landscape architecture movement, value for the people of Boston, and leadership in creating global connections between plants and people. This final session will feature a talk from Director Friedman on fellow organisms in the Arboretum. The program is free and will be offered both in person and livestreamed.