Summer afternoon at the Arnold Arboretum

Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

One of the perks of summer Fridays in the city is heading out on a sunny afternoon to the Arnold Arboretum. Located in the Jamaica Plain part of Boston, the Arnold Arboretum is 280+ acres of a beautiful park, venue, and research center located right off the Arborway with plenty of parking. My work friend's boyfriend works there and he was kind enough to give us a tour last Friday afternoon. Having never been before, despite leaving just a few miles away, I was excited to explore!

This pond was one of our first stops. It was so tranquil and located near the rose garden with pink, white and yellow roses - sadly many were past bloom (it being July and all!) so will need to go back.
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

A very cool spot we visited was the Bonsai Collection. Some of the bonsais have been alive since the late 1800s! I learned that someone comes down from Maine once a month to tend to the bonsais. Since I can't keep a succulent alive, this is very impressive! :)
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

So many different flowers and so much green...💚
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

My favorite plants were the albizia julibrissin aka mimosa tree and the smoke tree. The mimosa tree had a very fruity smell and the colors were stunning!
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

The smoke tree had a spookiness to it and the texture was so unique. I loved the muted, pastel colors.
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

We ended our tour visiting the highest point in the Arboretum, Peters Hill, named after a former Boston mayor. Such a beautiful, panoramic view of Boston.
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

I want visit the Arnold Arboretum this fall and next spring to see all the changing plants + flowers. Lilac season in May is the most popular time at the Arboretum - they have many events throughout the year too!

All photos by me. This is not sponsored or produced in partnership with the Arnold Arboretum - just wanted to share! :)


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