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Members-Only Tour: Spruce Cones with Director Ned Friedman

In early May when crowds head to the lilac collection to see the beautiful spring flowers, something incredible is taking place below the radar, deep in the conifer collection. Spruce cones are just starting to emerge from their buds and they are not the shades of brown and grey that we know well: these young cones are vibrantly yellow, red, lime green, and pink. Join Arboretum Director Ned Friedman for a tour of the spruce collection to see this rainbow of young cones at their peak.

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May 08 2024


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm




Walter Street Gate
7VWC+MC Boston, Massachusetts
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Walter Street Gate


Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.

Walter Street Gate

By subway

Take the MBTA Orange Line to its southern end—Forest Hills. Exit through the door marked “Arnold Arboretum,” cross Washington Street, and take a left and walk half a block up Washington Street. Enter the Washington Street Gate on your right and walk along Blackwell Footpath. Cross the road and enter South Street Gate. Walk along Rhododendron Path and take a left onto Hemlock Hill Road. Take a right just before Bussey Street Gate, and proceed several minutes to Walter Street Gate.

By bus

Take the #35 or #38 bus to Centre Street opposite Walter Street. Cross Centre Street onto Walter Street, walk a short distance and enter at Walter Street Gate on the left.

By car

There is public parking available along Bussey Street. Take care not to park on the sidewalk or you will risk a ticket.