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.
Saturday, April 26, 10:30am
Location: Hunnewell Building
Lilacs were unknown in this country until Elder Brewster arrived here on the Mayflower in 1620 and settled in Duxbury. His lilacs did not arrive with him but came over on a subsequent ship. Come see and smell the Arnold Arboretum's outstanding lilacs and hear a host of stories behind our collection.
Spring means flowers, but what exactly are flowers and why are they so important in the life cycle of many plants? This program will give you a chance to look carefully at several different flowers and discover the centrality of flowers in plant life. We will use magnifiers to look closely, do a flower dissection and drawing, and examine several flowers as they progress from bud to fruit.
Mike McCarthy, Birder and Biologist
Saturday, May 10, 8:00am
Location: Arborway Gate
This 90-minute bird walk will focus on warblers. Mike has led birding tours for Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, was an endangered species biologist for the National Park Service on Cape Cod, and biologist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders, bring binoculars if you have them.
An introduction to the history of the Arboretum and its collection, with special attention to some of the trees important to Native Americans.
Nancy Rose, Editor, Arnoldia
Thursday, May 15, 5:30pm
Location: Hunnewell building
With the scent of lilacs in the air, this is a great time to tour the Arboretum nose-first. Arnoldia editor, Nancy Rose, will point out plants in the collections with pleasant (and a few not-so-pleasant) smelling parts including flowers, leaves, and bark.
Join an Arboretum docent to hear about the history and highlights of the Arnold Arboretum with a focus on the relationship of East Asian trees and North American trees.
Join this tour to hear about the history of the Arnold Arboretum. Your guide will also call attention to current trees in bloom and introduce you to, or remind you of, the special nature of this unique landscape.
Join this tour to hear about the
history of the Arnold Arboretum. Your guide will also call attention to
current trees in bloom and introduce you to, or remind you of, the
special nature of this unique landscape.