Community Spotlight: Arnold Arboretum

Yesterday was the first day of spring. Usher in a new season of active exploration in your city with a trip to one of Boston’s most impressive parks. The Arnold Arboretum is the second largest park on the Emerald Necklace. This magnificent collection of trees, flowers, ponds, hills, and meadows has been owned by the City of Boston and managed by Harvard University since 1872.

Download a self-guided tour map like the one featuring “Seasonal Plant Highlights,” to follow on your search for the arboretum’s spring-specific highlights. Want to get even more involved with what the arboretum has to offer? Use this calendar to register for events offered by the arboretum like “Spring into Health,” free, guided walking tours of the arboretum’s less traveled paths on two upcoming Sundays: this weekend, March 23, and two weekends from now, April 6 from 10 to 11:30am. Also check out free and low-cost events like “Growing Plants from Seeds” in April, national gardening month, that will interest the green thumbs in your family. The arboretum also offers events you might not expect from a park, including art shows held in the Hunnewell Building (also find the horticultural library, restrooms, and visitor center here) and Peter’s Hill 360 exhibit featuring beautiful photographs of the views from the highest point in the Emerald Necklace, during all seasons of the year.

The arboretum will be bustling with activity throughout the spring and summer. Save the date of Sunday, May 11 for Lilac Sunday at the arboretum when everyone is invited to smell the flowers from one of the continent’s most impressive lilac gardens while picnicking and enjoying family-friendly activities throughout the park. Then look out for Free Fun Friday programming in the park to be scheduled on one day in the summer as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s initiative to open up museums and park spaces across the state for families to enjoy at no cost.

The Arnold Arboretum is your space to enjoy with a fitness walk, family picnic, or nature photo shoot year round. If you snap a few photos on your next visit, share what your arboretum experience looks like with the Healthy Family Fun program on our Facebook page and with our friends at Arnold Arboretum on their Flickr pool.

(Image contributed to Wikimedia Commons by John Phelan)


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