Springtime at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA can fill your lungs, your spirit and your whole being with the joy of living again. For New Englanders who have experienced a long, frigid winter and for all Americans who have been chilled by war and economic hardtimes, coming to the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA in springtime can help to recast your entire mood. For more than 100 years springtime at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA has been something special for many people, and it can be for you too.
This wonderful piece of Boston scenic and recreational delight was brought into being through the generous gift of one James Arnold, a nineteenth centurey New Bedford whaler, who donated the land to Harvard and made provision for its ongoing direction and maintainance. The land that Arnold left was to be used as a type of public preserve in which would be grown ” all the trees and shrubs…indigenous and exotic which can be raised in open air.” The task laid out by James Arnold has been resolutely managed by an unusual cooperative venture between Harvard Univeristy ( Arnold’s trustee) and the City of Boston.
The springtime beauty of the Arnold Arboretum is due in part to the work of the City of Boston Parks Department which maintains roadways, walls and gates which surround and enclose the Arboretum. The park itself is kept open and by the Arboretum staff itself. For springtime visitors, regardless of who has done the handy work the result is the same.
Tours of the magnificent collection of trees and bushes are provided by Arnold Arboretum docents who are trained to share the history and the special features of this city treasure. Tours are amazingly free of charge and begin in April coinciding with the first blush of spring. You don’t need to make an advanced reservation, just arrive at the Visitor Center at the schedule tour time on Wednesday, Friday Saturday or Sunday. Tour times can be found on the Arboretum website. This is no fifteen minute brush by trip. At the Arnold Arboretum you can expect to tour for a full hour or more. Plan on a treat for the eyes as April will find varieties of dogwoods, cherry trees and forsythia in full bloom against a background of other less well known but equally delightful park trees and shrubs.
While the tours can really help get you acquainted with how the Arboretum came into being and the way in which it has grown during some 130 years, not everyone who comes here comes to take part in an organized walk. In fact for most the joy of the Arboretum is the openness it presents, especially to city dwellers. From dawn until dusk each day, you and your family can enjoy the outdoor adventure of walking through the Arnold Arboretum. The Arboretum Visitor Center staff will gladly answer questions about what surrounds you and furnish you with self guided tour materials. At the Center you can also find a small book store and restrooms. The rest of your adventure at the Arnold Arboretum is up to you.
Don’t be surprised to discover that you are not the only creature who takes pleasure in the trees and plants at the Arnold Arboretum. There are lots of feathered friends in residence here as well. Common New England birds like the robin, goldfinch, chickadee and bluejay are in abundance. But you also have the opportunity to see other more rare winged friends. Over the years more than 175 species have been spotted here, so if birding is something you enjoy, pack up your field glasses and see if you can spot an old friend or new one. You will find 265 acres of trees and bushes await your viewing.
The Arboretum, as beautiful as it is in springtime, and really throughout the year, surprisingly is only one piece of what Bostonians call the Emerald Necklace. The Necklace is a collection of distinct but connected public green areas that stretch for some seven miles surrounding and in a sense adorning the city of Boston. There is little doubt that,while all have their value, the Arnold Arboretum stands as the best known, largest and most frequented jewel of this Necklace. For locals and folks new to the area, Springtime at the Arnold Arboretum is not to be missed.
Source : www.arboretum.harvard.edu