The collection is displayed adjacent to the Dana Greenhouses, approximately a 10-minute walk from either the Arborway Gate or the Forest Hills Gate, and about a twenty-minute walk from the Bussey Street Gate. Look for the wooden lath house overlooking the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden, just beyond the stone wall running along its southwestern border. Use the stairwell that cuts through the stone wall, or walk behind the Leventritt Pavilion for an accessible path to the Bonsai Collection. If driving, park outside the Centre Street Gate or along the Arborway.
The collection is on view from mid April through mid November, daily from 8:00am to 3:45pm, excluding holidays. A wheelchair-accessible, crushed stone path from the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden leads to a paved path surrounding the wooden structure that houses the collection. Please note that Linden Path, which connects Meadow Road to the north entry of the Leventritt Garden path, may not be accessible to wheelchairs in all weather. There is no entry to the bonsai pavillion itself; the structure is designed to allow visitors to view the collection from the outside.
Labels provide plant names and the year each was first trained as bonsai. On select Thursdays and Sundays the pavilion will be opened by a trained volunteer. You will have the opportunity for an up close and personal look at the bonsai and penjing and the volunteers will be available to answer questions. Also, use your cellphone to find out more about this special collection; when you visit, look for signs for our mobile tour and dial 617.895.4085.
How long should I explore?
Most visitors spend between ten and twenty minutes viewing the collection, which may be enjoyed from multiple angles as visitors circulate around the perimeter of the lath house.
Plan your visit to the Arboretum.