Arnold Arboretum, Boston, was founded in 1872 for improving agriculture and horticulture. In 1882 the trustees of will of James Arnold transferred 281 acres of Arnold’s estate in a deed for thousand years to Harvard University. Arboretum forms part of Emerald Necklace, a 7 mile long network of park and parkways laid out for the Boston Parks Department between 1878 and 1896. The creative agreement between Boston and Harvard is to study and research of all trees/shrubs either indigenous or exotic which can be raised in the open air.
Mission of Arboretum is to discover and disseminate knowledge of evolution and biology of woody plants, biodiversity, ecological balance and its importance to mankind.
Arboretum grounds are open 365 days from sunrise to sunset. Visitor’s centre and library buildings have specific timings depending on the week day, month and holidays.
Entry is free. A free guided tour on specific days at specific timings will be available.
Here are few colourful pictures of Arboretum taken in the last week of May 2017.
Arboretum is awesome in all seasons. If you are visiting Boston in summer don’t miss visiting Arnold Arboretum. With all the rare and wonderful trees and shrubs with their colorful leaves and beautiful flowers the visit will be ever memorable one.