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Horticulturist Laura Mele and Head Arborist John DelRosso plant a katsura tree

Arbor Day Tree Planting: Cercis canadensis

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. And at the end of the program, participants will be able to take home their very own Arboretum seedling tree to plant.

Accessibility: This program will take place on a crushed stone path.

Audience: This program is geared towards adults.

Inclement weather policy: Participants will be notified via email at least 24 hours in advance if a program needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather, and will be notified by phone if a program must be cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice. Click here to view our full inclement weather policy. If you have questions about the status of a program, please email or call the Visitor Center desk between 10:00am and 4:00pm at (617) 384-5209.


Apr 26 2024


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Linden Path just before the entrance to Leventritt
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Linden Path just before entrance to Leventritt


Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.

Linden Path just before entrance to Leventritt

By subway

Take the MBTA Orange Line to its southern end—Forest Hills. Exit through the door marked “Arnold Arboretum,” cross Washington Street, and walk up Arborway to the Arboretum’s Forest Hills Gate on your left. Go through the Forest Hills Gate, bear right at the pond, and continue to the entrance to Linden Path. Walk down Linden Path until you are about to enter the Leventitt Shrub and Vine Garden.

By Bus

Take the #35 or #38 bus to Centre Street @ Faulkner Hospital. Cross Centre Street, walk north up Centre Street for a few minutes, and enter through the Centre Street Gate on the right. Take a left at the intersection to walk down Bussey Hill Road. Take another left at the entrance to Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden. Walk through Leventritt and out onto Linden Path.

By Car

Park on Arborway and enter through Arborway Gate. Walk down Meadow Road a short distance and then take a right onto Linden Path. Walk down Linden Path until you are about to enter the Leventitt Shrub and Vine Garden.