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A before and after showing a patch of dirt and then a thriving landscape with wildflowers

Ecological Maximalism: Creating Resilient Landscapes Through Abundance

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.

This program is on-site: there is not a virtual component for this talk.

Accessibility: The indoor component of this program is wheelchair accessible. The outdoor component may involve walking on mulch paths and crushed stone.

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.


Jul 14 2024


2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

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Hunnewell Lecture Hall
8V4H+WM Boston, Massachusetts
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Hunnewell Lecture Hall


Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.

Hunnewell Lecture Hall

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. To reach the Arboretum’s Arborway Gate and the Hunnewell Building, continue along the sidewalk on the Arborway to the Arborway Gate (about 12 minutes), or go through the gate, bear right at the pond, and continue to the Hunnewell Building, which will be on your left. The Lecture Hall is located inside the Hunnewell Building.

By bus

Take the #39 bus to the South Street @ Bardwell Street stop in Jamaica Plain. Walk down South Street away from Bardwell Street, take a right on Custer Street, and walk down Custer Street until it ends. Turn right and walk about 300 feet down Arborway to the Arboretum’s Arborway Gate, which will be across the street. The Lecture Hall is located in the Hunnewell Building, just inside the gate on your right.

By car

There is public parking available on Arborway, including six designated accessible spots on either side of Arborway gate.