Jumpstart Spring: Forcing Bulbs

Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production, Arnold Arboretum

Wednesday, January 15, 5:00–7:00pm
Location: Dana Greenhouse, Arnold Arboretum

Cure the winter doldrums! Students will learn the basics of bulb forcing and will plant a layered bulb container containing daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, and tulips. Bulb arrangements will be taken home to nurture and enjoy. Fee for all materials, including bulbs, soil, and container, is included in the cost of the class. Limited to 10; register early.

Family Hike: Short Days, Long Nights

Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children's Education
Sunday, December 15, 2:00-3:30pm [Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building and Landscape]

Families need nature at all times of the year! Meet inside the main gate at the Visitor Center. We’ll make paper chickadees and go on a StoryWalk to learn how a little bird can bring back the Sun! Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Winter Wellness Walk

Great scenery and exercise, who could want more? Take a brisk walk this winter and stay healthy and connected to the Arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. This walk emphasizes fitness, with a healthy dose of information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained Arboretum docents. After your tour, stay on for a warm drink and more conversation with your guide and staff in the Visitor Center.

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum

Saturday, December 14, 9:30am–Noon

[Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building and Landscape]

Put down the hedge shears! Through both classroom instruction and hands-on field training, this class will include what’s, whys, and how’s of proper pruning approaches and techniques. Andrew Gapinski will focus on small ornamental trees, young shade trees, and shrubs with general approaches towards maintaining a plant’s natural form and encouraging health and vigor. Note: Pruning for fruit production will not be covered in this offering. Dress for indoor and outdoor learning.

Adi Shafir

Winter is the barest of times in the Arboretum; however, there is much to see and much happening in the landscape. Join our docent for a walk on the bare side--notice shapes, textures, even the personalities of plants that are often missed when the land is heavy with green. You will see buds already forming and the dried seeds that are more visible when leaves are gone. Dress appropriately for the weather. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.