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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
    Feb 12
    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.

  • Feb 03
    Mar 12
    Digital photograph of landscape and trees in spring

    Art Show | Artists Redux/Seen Again: Artists from the Arnold Arboretum’s Website Exhibitions, 2020-2022

    Eleven artists, who exhibited during the pandemic in virtual shows, will each bring two representative pieces of their art to this in person show. From monotypes to watercolor, from oils to ink washes, there is so much to appreciate in this winter exhibition.

  • Feb 05
    A group of people walking in a winter landsape

    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 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.

  • Feb 05

    Coyote Walk

    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.

  • Feb 06

    Workshop | Pruning Young Trees

    Young trees need careful pruning in their first few years of life to avoid dropping limbs later on. Arborists Ben Kirby and AJ Tataronis will show you how to prevent poor branch unions, avoid competing leads, and correct other defects common in nursery-grown trees. We will start indoors at Weld Hill Lecture Hall and then head outside to see some pruning in action.

  • Feb 11

    Witch-hazel Walk – February 11

    Join our Arboretum docent for a tour of the wonderful, diverse, and colorful witch-hazel plants adorning the winter landscape of the Arnold Arboretum.

  • Feb 12

    Workshop | Winter Arrangements

    With Valentine's Day right around the corner, learn how to make stunning winter arrangements with Arboretum berries, cones, and evergreens. In this interactive workshop, you will learn best practices in plant arrangement and try your hand at creating your own.

  • Feb 14
    Witch-hazel flowers with yellow-tipped petals, which fade red towards the center

    Witch-hazel Walk – February 14

    Join our Arboretum docent for a hearty walk and exploration of the wonderful, diverse, and colorful witch-hazel plants adorning the winter landscape of the Arnold Arboretum.

  • Feb 16

    On-site Landscape Talk | Tree Mob: Sweet Birch

    It looks like a cherry tree, it smells like root beer, but it is, in fact, the beautiful and aromatic sweet birch. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan to learn about this fascinating tree and its role in ecological succession, its use by wildlife, and its importance to indigenous communities. You may even get a chance to smell the wintergreen scent yourself. *Rescheduled from January.

  • Feb 16

    Virtual Livestream | Tree Mob: Sweet Birch

    It looks like a cherry tree, it smells like root beer, but it is, in fact, the beautiful and aromatic sweet birch. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan to learn about this fascinating tree and its role in ecological succession, its use by wildlife, and its importance to indigenous communities. *Rescheduled from January.

  • Feb 18
    Photo of witch-hazel flowers

    Witch-hazel Walk – February 18

    Join our Arboretum docent for a tour of the wonderful, diverse, and colorful witch-hazel plants adorning the winter landscape of the Arnold Arboretum.

  • Feb 19

    Barking Up the Right Tree: A Tour of Bark Diversity at the Arboretum

    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 alone, and learn why exactly that bark looks the way it does.

  • Feb 19
    Child tasting snowflakes

    Family Hike: Play in the Cold!

    Families need nature at all times of the year! Meet inside the main gate at 125 Arborway. We will find a place to play together. If there's snow we will make snow angels, snow humans, and more! If there's no snow, we will play some simple games for young and old alike! Afterwards, families are invited to come inside the Lecture Hall to warm up with cookies and cocoa.

  • Feb 25

    Grafting Demonstration: When Two Plants Become One

    Horticulturists use grafting to fuse together different plants, taking positive traits from each to create maximum disease resistance, drought tolerance, and more. Join Greenhouse Horticultural Technologist Chris Copeland on a walk around the landscape to find graft unions— both those created by Arboretum staff and those that have occurred naturally. Then head inside to see Chris and his grafting tools in action as he dices and splices plants together using a variety of grafting techniques.

  • Feb 26
    People walking up a hill in the snow and woods

    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 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.

  • Mar 01

    Tour: Roslindale Gateway Path

    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.

  • Mar 06
    Gardener Rachel Lawlor pruning a plant.

    Workshop | Pruning Shrubs and Vines

    How exactly are you supposed to prune that grapevine or hydrangea shrub in your backyard? Join Horticulturists Rachel Lawlor and Greg LaPlume 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.

  • Mar 12
    Walnut trees in snow

    Winter Tree Identification

    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 Manager of Horticulture Rachel Brinkman, you can start identifying common winter trees from the woods and streets of Massachusetts based only on their bark, buds, leaf scars, and structure.

  • Mar 18
    Portrait of Frederick Law Olmsted, 1893. James Notman, Boston. Image restoration by Wikimedia Commons user Crisco 1492.

    Tour | Frederick Law Olmsted and the Arnold Arboretum

    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. On this tour, Arboretum docent, Bill Beizer, will identify the elements of the Arnold Arboretum that best reflect Olmsted's philosophy and approach to landscape design.

  • Mar 19
    Pine tree with cone in snow

    Tour | Conifers in the Collections

    The conifer collection at the Arnold Arboretum is a magical place to visit at any time of the year, especially in winter, as it is especially rich in history and diversity. Docents, Robbie Apfel and Cristina Squeff will lead participants through this collection explaining key identification features and sharing relevant stories about individual trees. This tour will meet at the Bussey Street Gate.

  • Mar 23

    Virtual Livestream Lecture | Plant Exploration: Then and Now

    The Arnold Arboretum has been collecting plants from around the world for 150 years, but plant exploration today looks very different than it did in the 1800s. Join Head of the Library and Archives Lisa Pearson and Keeper of the Living Collections Michael Dosmann to learn what these trips were like in the days of yore, and what they are like now.

  • Mar 23

    On-site Lecture | Plant Exploration: Then and Now

    The Arnold Arboretum has been collecting plants from around the world for 150 years, but plant exploration today looks very different than it did in the 1800s. Join Head of the Library and Archives Lisa Pearson and Keeper of the Living Collections Michael Dosmann to learn what these trips were like in the days of yore, and what they are like now.

  • Mar 28

    Workshop | Chainsaw Maintenance and Safety

    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.