From flowers and fragrance to fruits and textures, the Arnold Arboretum is a dynamic landscape throughout the year! Come for a tour and experience the Arboretum in a new light.
For individuals, choose from a wide schedule of free special theme tours or general interest tours.
For groups, request information to schedule a private experience, either on foot or by bus.
guided tour of the Arnold Arboretum landscape with a knowledgeable
docent. Tours are appropriate for adults and last approximately 90
Saturday, August 23
Florrie Wescoat, Arboretum Docent
Seamus Heaney's Tree List and the Arboretum
Using Heaney's poem, "Sweeney's Flight" as a point of departure, this
tour will walk to the trees (or their close relatives) that Heaney
mentions in the poem. A general overview of the Arboretum's history and
organization will also be covered.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Arnold Arboretum landscape with a knowledgeable docent. Tours are appropriate for adults and last approximately 90 minutes. Please check description for various start locations other than the Hunnewell Building.
Sunday, August 24
David Tarbet, Arboretum Docent
Arboretum History, Trees, and Native Americans
An introduction to the history of the Arboretum and its collections, with a special attention to some of the trees important to Native Americans.
Sunday, August 31
Kevin Schofield, Arboretum Docent
Meet at Peters Hill Gate
Around Peters Hill
Join our docent for a tour of the southern end of the Arboretum. Peters Hill became part of the Arnold Aboretum in 1894 and continues to be a wonderful landscape for discovery. Starting at the Peters Hill Gate, this special tour will walk around the base of Peters Hill and take the path to the summit for an amazing view of Boston's skyline.
Traveling from its roots to becoming the first American tree museum, this tour will focus on the history of the Arnold Arboretum and the people who made that history. Your guide will lead you back through time and then right up to the present landscape.