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

Theme Tour | Frederick Law Olmsted and the Arnold Arboretum

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

Accessibility: This program will take place entirely on paved roads. 

In the event of inclement weather, registrants will be notified via email. If you have questions, please email or call the Visitor Center desk between 10:00am and 4:00pm at (617) 384-5209.

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Feb 03 2024


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.

Bussey 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 up Washington Street. Enter the Washington Street Gate 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. Bussey Street Gate will be on your left at the end of Hemlock Hill Road.

By bus

Take the #35 or #38 bus to Centre Street opposite Walter Street. Cross Centre Street onto Walter Street, and after a short distance, take a left onto Bussey Street. Bussey Street Gate will be 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.