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Four illustrations demonstrating the grafting process

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 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.

This class is designed for the curious layperson: it won’t include in depth instruction on how to do grafts yourself, though a more advanced workshop may be offered in the future.

Accessibility: The walking route includes pavement and grass, as well as a small amount of steps which can be bypassed if needed. This program is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible due to the layout of the greenhouses.

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.

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Mar 06 2024


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.

Dana Greenhouse Classroom

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. Enter the gate and walk straight up the road, follow the curve and head up Bussey Hill Road. Take a right on the driveway immediately after the entrance to the Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden. Follow the driveway to the Dana Greenhouse Classroom.

By bus

Take the #35 or #38 bus to Centre Street @ Faulkner Hospital. Cross Centre Street and enter through the Centre Street Gate, then in about 300 feet, bear left onto Bussey Hill Road. Walk a little way down the hill and take a left onto the driveway to the Dana Greenhouse Classroom.

By car

Unless the program description indicates that you can park at the Greenhouses, the closest parking is Centre Street Gate (limited parking) or along Arborway near Forest Hills Gate (about a half mile walk).