Guided Tour – Peters Hill: Discover the Other End of the Arboretum

Kevin Schofield, Arboretum Docent
Thursday, June 20, 5:00-6:30pm [Arnold Arboretum,Peters Hill Gate]

Join our docent for a tour of the other end of the Arnold Arboretum, the southern end. Peters Hill became part of the Arboretum in 1894 and continues to charm with its special character, collections, and history. In summer, the amazing view from the summit takes in the Boston skyline and a rich and textured landscape spreading out below you. Learn the history of the land, along with information on the woody plants located here. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Guided Tour – Walking Postscript: Revisiting Plants from the Bulletin of Popular Information

Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor, Arnoldia

Thursday, June 13, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building

In 1911, Charles Sprague Sargent, the founding director of the Arnold Arboretum, began writing a serialized pamphlet titled the Bulletin of Popular Information, in which he described flowering and fruiting displays at the Arboretum. Because Sargent often focused on plants newly arrived from expeditions to Asia and elsewhere, many of his descriptions provided the first horticultural comparisons between species that had never been grown in the same garden. On this tour, Damery will revisit plants mentioned throughout Sargent's sixteen years with the Bulletin, comparing the young plants in Sargent's descriptions to the venerable specimens they have become. Special consideration will be paid to plant phenology, examining whether climate change has caused the plants to flower earlier than Sargent noted. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

How the Arboretum Became the Arboretum: The First 25 Years

Emily Wheeler, Arboretum Docent

Sunday, May 5, 11:00am-12:30pm
Location: Centre Street Gate

1090 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The Arnold Arboretum did not come into existence full-formed, but had a long adolescence before it (literally) blossomed at 50. Our first director, Charles Sargent, prepared a 50-year report in 1922, before the end of his own 54-year tenure. But, what about the first 25 years? We don't have a 25-year report, however, we do have photos and the engaging stories from that time. Join our docent to hear those stories, as she takes you on a timeline through the walnut and oak collections, to the beeches, and back via Bussey Hill.

Get Your Tix Now: Jamaica Plan Garden Tour on Saturday

The 1st Annual Jamaica Plain Garden Tour by the Trustees of Boston Community Gardens is this Saturday, and will feature more than 20 privately owned gardens. This is a self-guided tour through 24 private and two public gardens. A garden owner or Trustees' volunteer will be at each garden to greet and check people at gardens in the Sumner Hill and Central neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain. "There are some really wonderful gardens on the tour this year, everything from smaller but well-designed patio gardens to expansive perennial gardens with trees and shrubs," said Michelle de Lima, engagement manager for Boston Community Gardens, via email to Jamaica Plain News. The gardens are varied, including creatively using urban spaces, formal English style gardens, rambling woodland landscapes and more.